Glen Rose junior running back Westen Halcom recorded single-game school records in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 69-35 come-from-behind football victory over Godley Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Halcom rushed for 277 yards, including 167 in the second half, and had five rushing touchdowns and one receiving as the Tigers erased a 14-point halftime deficit.
Halcom, averaging 151.4 yards per game, has rushed for 1,060 with a team-high 15 touchdowns (14 rushing, 1 receiving) in seven games this season.
“Westen had a really strong second half. He was a strong runner that was breaking a lot of tackles and was hard to bring down,” Glen Rose football coach Cliff Watkins said. “Our offensive line did a great job of creating holes. Godley was doing a good job of getting a lot of guys into coverage, so we had to be able to run the ball and our offensive line and Westen came through for us.”
With the win, the Tigers improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in District 4-4A play, while the Wildcats fell to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in district play.
The Tigers travel to Waxahachie Life School (4-4) 2-1) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting with the Mustangs. A win would put the Tigers one game closer to wrapping up their second consecutive district season.
“We will definitely get Waxahachie Life's best this week because their only district loss is to Godley,” Watkins said. “They know if they can find a way to beat us then there will be a three-way tie at the top.”
Offensively, the Mustangs are averaging just 284.6 yards per game, while the Tigers are averaging 508.2 yards and a whopping 52.1 points per game — 61.3 in their last six games.
“Waxahachie Life has a really good football team. They have the best defensive line that we have seen this year,” Watkins said. “We have to take care of the ball and be a very physical and disciplined defense.”
Against Godley, the Tigers started out strong like they have all year and the score was tied 21-21 at the end of the first quarter. Godley, however, took advantage of three Glen Rose turnovers and held the Tiger offense scoreless in the second quarter to lead 35-21 at the break.
Behind four rushing scores by Halcom, a TD pass from Cameron Griffin to Halcom, a touchdown run by Griffin and a 4-yard fumble return by Logan Thames, the Tigers outscored the Wildcats 48-0 in the second half in cruising to the easy win.
“At halftime, we talked about playing how we know how to play. We need to come out with a lot of energy and play fast,” Watkins said. “Defense did a good job of making adjustments at half and slowed down what they were able to do out of their Wildcat package and we were able to get to the quarterback in the second half.”
Defensively, Bryan Pounds led the Tigers with 13 stops and three sacks, while Jess Niedziela, Drayden James and Ricky Douglas had eight tackles each. Jake Andersen and James also had interceptions.
Griffin completed 12 of 19 passes for 145 yards and one score. He also had 69 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Dakota Paschall led the Tigers with five catches for 81 yards, while Andersen had three catches for 41 yards.