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Marion Glover

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If Woodlawn coach Marion Glover had his way, his team would never have a bye week.
As the coach of a Class 2A team that plays an eight-game conference schedule - one more that conferences in higher divisions - open dates can sometimes be common in the state's smallest football-playing division as teams scramble to fill their two weeks not filled with conference games. And while teams in higher classifications are heavily entrenched in conference battles this week, it's for this reason that the Bears will take a hiatus from 8-2A conference play to match wits with a very solid Carlisle squad at 7 p.m. today at Woodlawn. "You're either going to have a bye week or you're going to have a football game," Glover said. "A bye week can whip you just like a football team. I can't ever remember having a bye week where my team didn't lose its edge." But the Bears (4-1, 3-1 8-2A conference) didn't pick just any opponent to fill its second nonconference slot, they picked a Carlisle squad that Glover called "the most precise team we'll play." Glover said his feelings towards the Bison are a direct relation to coach Scott Waymire and his double-wing offense, a system Glover said he is very familiar with. "I could call plays for them, and they could call mine for me. We know everything there is to know about them, and they know everything there is to know about us," said Glover, who is in his second stint as the head coach at Woodlawn after serving as an assistant to Jimmy "Red" Parker last season. "They don't change. They run the double wing with a lot of quick motion, and they're quite good at it." The Bears will counter with a wishbone offense that Glover used to win four state titles at Pine Bluff in the early and mid '90s. And while Woodlawn will put four backs in the offensive backfield, Glover said his guys up front would be crucial to moving the ball against the Bison. "Our offensive front is fairly strong, fairly large and for Woodlawn they're gargantuan," Glover said. "They come off the ball well. At times we can be precise too." This line will be blocking for a group of backs that Glover called "tough. "It helps to have exceptional backs, but you can survive with those that are not as fast and not as quick if they have a tough about them," Glover said. "That's the type of backs we have. We play a number of people in the backfield. We have a quarterback that is an athlete. That helps too." Glover hopes these players help his team get an advantage in a game that has little meaning to the rest of the season. "We consider it a very big game," Glover said.

Coach Zach Branch has turned the Bears around and they are enjoying success comparative to recent years when coaches Marion Glover and Red Parker had Woodlawn winning.
When Glover left Woodlawn, he said one thing that the program didn't accomplish while he was head coach was beating Rison. Branch now feels he has put the Bears in position to get that victory over Rison, which has a commanding lead in the series. [cached]

Almost 12 percent of that total - 24 schools - has been whittled away the past two decades, a lifeline that parallels Interstate 30 from Texarkana to Little Rock, continuing northeast to Bald Knob on U. S. 167, then turning sharply east to Marion on U. S. 64. "Football in south Arkansas has got to have a bell cow now," said Marion Glover, who guided his alma mater, Pine Bluff, to four state championships during the 1990 s and is now coach at Woodlawn, a Class 2 A school in Cleveland County.

Little did anyone realize that Roaf's speed may have been borne out of mischievous self-preservation, of days in Pine Bluff, Ark., when he'd frayed the nerves of his sister, Mary, just 18 months older than Willie.
"I was kind of a 'mean' big sister," Mary said recently, noting her playful alliance with Willie and youngest brother Andrew. And sports were a huge part of Willie's youth and adolescence, hanging with Andrew, two years Willie's junior, while sisters Phoebe, 48 and the oldest, and Mary (43), were distinguishing themselves academically and in various other extracurricular activities at Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School or Grace Episcopal Church. "He was an excellent football player as a sophomore," said Glover, now the head coach at Woodlawn (Ark.) High School. Roaf played right tackle for the Zebras, primarily, as Glover explains, because Pine Bluff was a run-oriented team, although Glover praises Roaf's pass-blocking ability. So that's why he was the right tackle," said Glover, assessing Roaf's pass blocking as "just outstanding. Dominating. Roaf's stable home life, Glover said, helped guide him on a firm career path. "His mom and dad were top of the world," Glover said. "Well, when I start thinking about Hall of Fame, that's the 'Oh my God' level," Glover said. [cached]

"It's a great problem to have," said Woodlawn Coach Marion Glover, who won four state championships in a span of six seasons at Pine Bluff.The dream season was on the brink of disintegration, but Glover and his coaching staff turned it around."You have to resort to a language they understand, which is usually pain," Glover said.

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