CARROLLTON - Colt Plaster passed for 38 more yards in the first half than Matt Haselroth did in the entire game.
Collin Lane led a defense that by the night’s end had hung a goose egg on the opponent side of the scoreboard for seven consecutive quarters dating back to the previous week.
Chase Evatt was the leading rusher for the fourth straight week in a rushing attack that posted 204 yards.
No matter what stat gets thrown into the mix, it only adds to the fact that Glen Rose was clicking on all cylinders against the Carrollton Ranchview Wolves at Standridge Stadium on Friday, Sept. 18.
The Tigers went to Farmers-Branch and walked away with a 36-0 win to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Glen Rose put the D in dominant on Friday, holding the Wolves to 158 yards fewer than what the Tiger offense was able to put up.
“We knew they were explosive,” said co-defensive coordinator Todd Swearengin. “They had guys that could go. We contained them well. We wanted to make them run sideline-to-sideline. When they were able to get to the red zone, we stepped it up and shut them down.”
Lane led the Tiger D with 10 tackles, one for a loss, while Dylan Rodriguez, Jimmy Darch and Beto Hernandez each had seven tackles.
The Glen Rose stop troops were able to force three turnovers, and made a crucial fourth down stop in the red zone on the first drive of the game to set the tone for the night.
Seth Mann and Curran Morrison each forced a fumble, while Daniel Martinez and Reagan Rotan scooped up the loose balls. Jesus Chavez added a fourth quarter interception.
Ranchview had only two plays of more than 20 yards, with the longest coming on a 40-yard run by Xavier Williams to set up shop on the Tiger 13-yard line in the second quarter.
The Wolves went then went four-and-out on two runs and a pair of incomplete passes.
“These guys are very good about not giving up the big plays,” said Swearengin. “Our philosophy is to make them drive down the field, because over the course of 12-15 plays they are bound to make mistakes.”
Plaster came out firing on the first drive for the Tiger offense.
Evatt hauled in a 43-yard pass from the Tiger QB and ran the ball three times before Plaster found Kevin Brooks on the other end of a 44-yard bomb. Plaster then took the two-point snap up the middle to make the score 8-0 with 4:07 left in the first quarter.
“We came out firing,” said head coach Tommy Dunn. “We did a good job of seeing what they were giving us and taking advantage of it. They were up in our face early and we were able to hit the deep balls. I have to credit Colt for making the throws, the receivers for making the catches and the line for giving them the time to make it happen against the pressure.”
Evatt scored on the next Tiger possession with a five-yard trot to the end zone. Tanner Tongate drilled the extra point to make it 15-0 with 1:09 left in the first quarter.
Glen Rose kept the good times rolling by scoring on its next two possessions.
Ty Taylor grabbed a 55-yard touchdown toss from Plaster and Dylan Rodriguez ran in from 10 yards out. Tongate nailed a pair of PATs to make the score 29-0.
Only 1:38 had gone off the clock in the second half before Evatt found the end zone once again, this time from three yards out. Tongate connected on his fourth PAT to give the game its final tally.
Plaster completed 10-15 passes for 254 yards including 166 before halftime. He tossed two TDs, while his counterpart, Haselroth, threw for 128 yards on 12-19 passing with a pick.
Brooks and Evatt were the go-to guys for Plaster through the air grabbing three passes for 89 yards and a score and four passes for 86 yards, respectively. Ty Taylor grabbed two passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.
Evatt was the top ground gainer – for the fourth time in four games - with 89 yards and a pair of TDs on 19 trips.
“Chase has a knack for hitting the hole just right. Our line got a good push and (Chase) and all of our backs did a good job of reading the defense,” Dunn said.
Santos De La Garza and Daniel Martinez were the next leading rushers with 51 yards and 35 yards on 11 and three carries.
Glen Rose returns to the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium on Friday when they host Case McCoy and the Graham Steers for homecoming.
McCoy is the younger brother of Texas Longhorn quarterback and the 2008 Heisman Trophy runner-up Colt McCoy, and the son of Graham head coach Brad McCoy.
“They’re playing with a lot of confidence, and they should be,” said Dunn. “They’ve been dominating. They’re going to be the best team we’ve faced this season and we’re going to be the best team they’ve faced so far.”
“They’re going to throw the ball around,” Swearengin said of the Graham offense. “They have nine offensive starters back (from last year). We’re going to give them some different looks. We’ll put pressure on them, sit back and see what happens. (McCoy)’s good. He’s legit.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.