Players on the 7 on 7 football team from Glen Rose who competed in the 64-team state championship tournament held last Thursday and Friday in College Station got a world of experience they should be able to use during the upcoming 2017 season.
Glen Rose was eliminated from the tournament’s Division II consolation bracket Friday with a 38-26 loss to Brazosport. The team was 0-4 overall at the tournament.
Glen Rose lost its three pool play games on Thursday. Brazosport beat Lorena before falling to Sweetwater in the consolation quarterfinal round.
The Glen Rose team, which went in with 20 players on its roster, lost all three pool play games on Thursday, which put the squad in Friday’s 32-team consolation bracket.
Thursday's losses for Glen Rose were to Lexington, 28-12; Canton, 25-7; and Cuero, 33-20. Cuero won the Pool M title, 3-0, while Lexington was 2-1 and Canton was 1-2.
The man who was the head coach of the Glen Rose 7 on 7 squad was David Halcom, who said that they had to play their final two games without junior quarterback Cameron Griffin after he suffered an injury. Jake Anderson and Drayden James, both incoming seniors this fall, played quarterback in his place.
Glen Rose was also missing tight end and linebacker Davis Shackelford, an incoming sophomore who was participating in summer baseball and was not available.
He noted that Conner Hansen and Tanner Stroud, along with James and Anderson, turned in standout defensive performances in the tournament.
“The seniors really stepped up and hung in there,” Halcom said. “We were getting in rhythm with our new quarterbacks. We were playing as a team. I’m sure some new faces will emerge this fall. We graduated so many seniors that people are going to step up.”
Halcom noted that the daytime heat in College Station was turned up a few notches when heavy rainfall forced the Glen Rose games to be moved from a grass field to a turf field — which radiates even more heat upward.
“That southeast Texas heat was pretty bad,” Halcom said, referring to what some reported as being about 100 degrees.
Graham beat Abilene Wylie, 27-20, to earn the Division II championship. The Division I championship bracket title was won by Lake Travis, with a 34-33 win over Waxahachie.
Both Division I (Class 5A-6A schools) and Division II (4A and smaller) had 16 pools separated into 32-team championship and consolation brackets based on their wins and losses in pool play.
Glen Rose High School’s football team was 8-5 last season, putting together an 8-game win streak under their first-year head coach Cliff Watkins. They were eliminated by eventual state finalist Sweetwater in the third round of the Class 4A, Division II playoffs.