The fourth quarter had just begun, when he got hurt. The referees stopped the clock. Glenn Dale was sitting on the end of the bench, almost worn out from having made and participating in thirty one tackles in the first three quarters of the football game. Glenn Dale Scott was the middle linebacker for the Turner Falls Coyotes. His quarterback, Ted Green was injured on the last play.
The Turner Falls Coyotes were playing the Sulphurville Bird Dogs. This Sulphurville team had won their second Class AA State Championship in as many years, and was heavily favored to beat the Coyotes by at least two touchdowns. Heading into the fourth quarter the scoreboard read Bird Dogs 17 Coyotes 0. The Bird Dogs had scored by way on a pass interception, a two point conversion, and three field goals. Neither team had much in the way of statistics for this game.
While the Coyotes were waiting for the ambulance to come and take young Green to the hospital in Sulphurville, Coach Rogers came over and sat down beside young Glenn Dale Scott.
“Your buddy, Mr Davis, seems to think you could take this quarterback position and help us out.” Glenn Dale: “Yes, I think so myself Coach. Davis says that you know all of our plays and some of your own.” “Yes sir, I do know all of your plays, and some of mine. I will be your quarterback on three conditons. I call my plays in the huddle, and I have complete control on the field. You agree to that, and you have a new quarterback, with the exception of one more thing….I am in it to win, and not be a mop up quarterback.”
Coach Rogers agreed, and young Glenn Dale Scott trotted out onto the field and reported in to the refs. Glenn Dale: “Huddle up guys. One of the team guys said: “just what are you doing out on this field? I am your new quarterback, and if that doesn’t sit well with you, go sit on the bench. I am sure someone will come in for you.” After they huddled, Glenn Dale told them what he wanted. “We will line up in the standard split T offense. I will fake to the fullback up the middle, and fake a pitch-out to the right halfback. You guys make the fakes look real, and I will take over.”
The Coyotes broke the huddle with number thirty one at the quarterback position. No one in Turner Falls or anywhere could have possibly known that young Glenn Dale Scott possessed Olympic speed; but, they were gonna find out really soon. As Glenn Dale took the ball from the center, he faked it to the fullback who hit the center of the line as hard as he could, and then young Glenn Dale faked a pitch-out to the right halfback who was running wide to the right of the formation. Glenn Dale then hid the ball on his left hip, and circled to the left with everyone else running to the other side of the field chasing the Coyote right half back.
Young Glenn Dale had fooled the line of the Bird Dogs, and was headed up the left side of the field toward the goal line when the Bird Dogs safety spotted him. This senior safety from Sulphurville, was the defending one hundred meter, high school champion for all of the state of Oklahoma for the last three years. The guy from Sulphurville was coming across the field at an angle to Glenn Dale, and pulled in behind him at the Bird Dog’s forty-five yard line. He was only five yards behind, but when young Glenn Dale crossed the goal line, he was fifteen yards ahead of the Sulphurville, Bird Dog safety. Score: Sulphurville 17 Turner Falls 7.
At the next kickoff, the field scoreboard clock showed an even seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Bird Dogs had the ball for three plays, and had to punt. Young Glenn Dale checked onto the field as the punt returner, and fielded the ball on the run, and never looked back. Man, this cat could run.
Score: Bird Dogs 17 Coyotes 14 with five and a half minutes left in the game. Coyotes kicked off with Sulphurville claiming the ball on their own twenty yard line. Three plays and another punt. Ball was placed on the Coyotes ten yard line.
Once more, young Glenn Dale faked to the fullback, and dropped back and threw the ball over sixty yards in the air to his buddy Gene Davis who caught it in full stride at the Bird Dogs forty yard line and he scored; and the Coyotes upset the favored Bird Dogs by a score of Coyotes 21 Bird Dogs 17.
The Daily Oklahoman hailed young Glenn Dale Scott as the Ghost of the Arbuckles, and he was known as the Ghost for the remainder of his football career.
Glenn Dale Scott freshman football player
Gene Davis freshman football player
Coach Rogers Turner Falls High School football coach