Glen Rose rushed for 230 yards in its 28-13 District 8-3A win over Kennedale at Tiger Stadium last Friday.
It was a rocky start and Glen Rose fans were nervous when the Tigers threw an interception on the first play of the game, putting the Wildcats in a first-and-goal situation from the nine yard line.
Kennedale scored on second down and missed the extra point wide right, putting the Wildcats up 6-0.
"We wanted to make a statement at the beginning of the game," coach Tommy Dunn said. "But we bounced back well and (quarterback Colton) Bretton settled in just fine."
Glen Rose regained its composure and took over the game. Cody Burtscher ran it in from the two yard line, putting Glen Rose on the board after the Tigers drove the ball down the field.
After the made PAT by Martin De Los Santos, the Tigers were up 7-6.
Kennedale was stopped by the Tigers defense and tried to answer with a field goal, but missed wide right once again.
Bretton rushed for 21 yards on the next play, but Glen Rose was forced to punt, giving Kennedale the ball on its own 11 yard line.
Once again the Tiger defense prevailed. The Wildcats' big halfback, Fred Scott, tried to fight his way through the tough Glen Rose defense, but was overpowered and fumbled on the 16.
"The defense did a great job limiting Kennedale to 13 (points) and the special teams did a great job with field position," Dunn said.
The Tigers were in perfect position to start pulling away.
Burtscher broke to the outside and moved the ball to the five yard line to end the first quarter.
After some broken plays, the Glen Rose offense found itself in a fourth-and-one situation.
Bretton saw the opportunity and ran through the left side of the line into the end-zone, proving the Tigers weren't going to be denied.
De Los Santos capped off the touchdown with another made PAT, bringing the score to 14-6 with 11:12 left in the half.
Kennedale was backed up to its own five yard line after the kickoff, and a quick defensive stop and punt gave the ball to the Tigers on the Glen Rose 41.
The Wildcats held the Tigers and made a tackle in the backfield on second down, bringing up a third-and-12 situation.
Bretton dropped back and threw the ball up, giving his receiver a chance to make a play on the ball, but Kennedale broke on the pass and forced an interception.
The Glen Rose defense came back on the field and held Kennedale with another impressive three-and-out.
After some hard running by Burtscher, Glen Rose began to force the ball back down the field.
Bretton dropped into the pocket and hit Tyler Linderman, who moved the ball to the Kennedale 15. Linderman led the team in receiving with 75 yards on four receptions.
Glen Rose drove to the three yard line, ran the clock down to 13 seconds, then extended its lead with Austin Gibson's short scoring run and another De Los Santos PAT.
The game was full of impressive defensive plays including forced fumbles, interceptions and hard hits. Both teams kept each other from scoring in the third quarter.
Kennedale finally got on the board again in the fourth quarter but the Wildcats were not alone.
Burtscher bulled his way to his second rushing touchdown.
With 45 seconds left in the game, Kennedale tried to send its fastest receiver streaking down the sideline for a touchdown.
The Wildcats didn't take into account that Burtscher saw the play coming from the break of the huddle.
Burtscher flew towards the ball and beat the receiver to the high-point of the pass for an interception, ending any chance of a Kennedale comeback.
Burtscher led the team in rushing with 115 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.
Bretton gathered 86 passing yards, 58 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers totaled 316 yards on the night, with 86 through the air.
Glen Rose visits West this Friday. West is 0-2 in district, but cannot be taken lightly.
"The West players are a good size and have some players healthy again," Dunn said. "They should have won against Venus but they dropped a pass in the end-zone. We really want to just get after them early and win the battle up front."