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Glancy ready to change Mathews’ fate

August 21, 2013
By MATT WAGNER - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

Evan Glancy spent most of the 2012 high school football season frustrated, unable to help out his Mathews' teammates through a 1-9 record.

Although the running back gained 645 yards on the ground and averaged 6.7 yards per carry as a junior, separating his shoulder three times ended his season just after three games, with the last time occurring in the third quarter of a Week 5 loss to Youngstown Christian.

"It was devastating, just sitting there watching your team struggling and needing help," Glancy said. "You can't really do anything about it."

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Evan Glancy

Healthy and rearing to make up for the lost time, Glancy will play a key role in the Mustangs' rushing attack one that should be a force to be reckoned with in the Northeastern Athletic Conference in 2013.

Mathews returns 1,000-yard rusher Austin Arnal, who picked up the slack for the Mustangs when Glancy couldn't play any further, giving a unit that went for 2,755 yards in 2012 a two-headed monster going into the season.

"Austin had to take the head role when Evan went down, but we'd like to split those guys evenly," Mathews coach Mike Palumbo said. "We're counting on them."

With the team counting on him, Glancy is doing what he can to stay healthy, especially after being diagnosed with Type I diabetes in the offseason.

Once his separated shoulder recovered, Glancy tried bulking up, hitting the weight room and consuming 5,000 to 10,000 calories per day, but he still lost 20 to 25 pounds in the spring.

Glancy didn't find the source of his weight loss until he talked to a family member who had diabetes, and during the talk, he realized he had all of the symptoms. He was diagnosed with the disease in mid-April, and since then, the running back regained his weight and even started pushing toward 200 pounds.

The senior said that he's learned to take care of himself and closely watches his sugar levels.

"It hasn't been easy," Glancy said. "It's been a rough trail, especially with keeping it up during two-a-days, but it's a challenge that I've taken on. I live on Gatorade. During practice, I have to keep my sugar up, so I'm always drinking Gatorade."

Now, Glancy can concentrate on his play and how he can complement Arnal and senior fullback Alex Bagaglia, who's moving from starting quarterback to leading out the two senior tailbacks.

Glancy described his running style as more north-and-south, following his blockers through the first level of defense before breaking it outside. Arnal, meanwhile, said he likes to run more on the outside.

"Either running or having him as a blocker, it's nice because he definitely knows what he's doing, and then he's got me to block for him," Glancy said. "We've got a fullback, Alex Bagaglia - he's a tank, which is awesome."

While having so much talent in the backfield could lead to butting heads, neither player is competing against each other for more carries. In fact, they both noted that the team camaraderie is much higher than the previous year.

"We're really starting to pull together as a team this year, whereas last year, it was 'me, me' and a lot of singles," Arnal said. "We don't have that as much this year."

In terms of the team goals, Glancy said they're not going to look at wins and losses too closely, instead looking to keep up the good will between teammates and enjoying the season.

He's also hoping that he has put his health problems behind him.

"Stay healthy, work together and winning games, but more working together and having fun at it," Glancy said. "I don't want feuding between us. We became more of a team this year."