Glen Rose has wrapped up the scrimmage section of their schedule and will begin facing off against teams that count in the win-loss column.
“These guys are ready to go,” said head coach Tommy Dunn. “They’re excited. They better be ready to go or we’re going to be in trouble.”
According to Dunn’s count, Glen Rose lost its final scrimmage to Waco La Vega 2-1 on Friday night.
“Our offense came out a little sluggish,” said Dunn. “It was a situation where they weren’t focused. Since it was just a scrimmage, I kind of stood back and let the kids see for themselves what was going on. They fixed it and played better later on.
“Our defense was sharp the whole night,” he added. “We shut down their running game and that’s saying something because they have a very good, talented runner. It was a good learning experience for us.”
On Friday night, the Tigers will open their 2010 campaign when they host the Bridgeport Bulls.
Bridgeport is returning 14 starters from last year’s 7-5, 3A Division II regional semi-finalist team.
“(Bridgeport) is just solid,” said Dunn. “They’re a quality program and they’re used to winning. Our pre-district schedule isn’t going to be easy and we’re going to have a test ahead of us.”
On offense, Bridgeport has Cody Hensen back under center after he passed for 2,795 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2009.
“(Hensen) is very experienced, tough and talented,” said Dunn. “This is a pass-heavy team and it starts with Hensen. He’s the kind of quarterback that can run but isn’t a scrambler. He’d rather run through you than around you.”
Hensen vs the Glen Rose secondary is going to be one key match-up to watch come Friday. The Tigers will have no returning starters in the secondary, and will be led by offensive playmakers Kevin Brooks and Chase Evatt.
The senior tandem will be playing on both sides of the ball and will be responsible for keeping the pass-happy Hensen under wraps
“It’s not going to be an easy game for us, but it is going to be a great game,” said Dunn. “We need to go out there and get better. This game is going to go a long way toward making us a better football team.”
Offensively for the Tigers, Dunn said the idea is to let Evatt run the ball, but adds that the Bulls shouldn’t sleep on the Tigers’ passing game.
“We faced tough defensive ends in our scrimmages and I’m confident that our offensive line is going to be one of our strong points this season,” said Dunn. “Chase (Evatt) is going to get his carries and yards, but they better be ready to defend our passing game. We’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to spread the field and not let them stack the box.”
The Tigers will kick off against Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Tiger Stadium.