Derek Thompson completes the pass to Ty Taylor.
That seemed to be the common theme all night for the Glen Rose Tigers (2-1) as they disposed of the Carollton Ranchview Wolves last Friday night, 28-17.
Taylor caught five passes from Thompson and one from Colt Plaster to rack up 127 yards and three touchdowns of 27, 15 and 51 yards.
“Ty (Taylor) is one of those kids who has to play good for our passing game to work,” said Glen Rose Head Coach Tommy Dunn. “He certainly came through tonight. He is extremely hard working. We challenged him this week to be a more complete player and he responded. Hats off to him, he did a great job.”
The rest of the Tiger passing attack, however, wasn’t quite as effective.
Thompson completed only four passes to receivers not named Taylor, as once again dropped passes plagued the Tiger offense.
“We are either not throwing the ball, not catching the ball or we’re not giving the quarterback time,” said Dunn. “They gave us some man coverage and got up in our face and that changes some things. We’ve got to learn how to handle pressure when guys are up in our face. We also have to do a better job of protecting and I’ve got to do a better job of calling plays.”
Thompson finished the night completing 9 of his 24 attempts for 168 yards and the three scores to Taylor.
Glen Rose finished just under the 200-yard mark on the ground. Thompson led the way with 65 yards on five carries, with Santos DeLaGarza behind him with 55 yards on 10 trips. Chase Evatt racked up 42 yards on eight carries and tacked on the only Tiger touchdown not scored by Taylor.
Evatt scampered into the end zone from 10 yards out to put the game out of reach.
In the meantime, Glen Rose controlled the defensive side of ball for most of the game, holding Ranchview quarterback Tyler Lynch to only 124 yards on 9-16 passing.
The front of the Tiger defense kept Lynch under duress for much of the night, and the Glen Rose secondary had his number, picking off the opposing signal caller three times.
Shelby Junge added to his team-leading total with a fourth-quarter interception, and Immanuel Morales picked off two passes, including one in the end zone with 40 seconds left in the game to seal the deal for Glen Rose.
“Last week was (Morales’) first game,” said Dunn. “He’s had a bit of a rough start, but we know the kind of player Manny is. It’s just a matter of him getting experience. He really came through tonight. He not only played the pass well, but he did a great job of coming up to stop the run.”
Ranchview was able to get their first points in the second quarter. The Tigers were unable to get a grip on tailback Cartez James as he broke free and ran for a 63-yard score.
“I thought the defense played great for most of the night,” said Dunn. “On that one particular play (to James), we had him wrapped up in the backfield and we had like three guys around him. He just did a great job of running and breaking tackles, and once he got in the open field, nobody was going to catch him.”
Ranchview later added a 26-yard field goal by Justin Hagood and an 11-yard scamper by Jared Jones, but the Tiger victory was inevitable despite the late scores.
“It was a good win. We were less than spectacular, but at times we really looked good," Dunn explained. "We are still trying to find ourselves. We have a lot of young players out there, and once we get it together and everyone finds their role, we are going to start clicking. The wins will come easier, we’ll move the ball easier and we’ll stop people easier. Its just one of those game’s that is a step in that direction, and anytime you can win a game, it’s always good."
That's especially true on homecoming, which Glen Rose celebrated last Friday. Thompson was named king and led the Tigers to their third victory, setting up this week's quarterback showdown with Graham's Case McCoy, best known for being the younger brother of University of Texas record-setting signal caller Colt McCoy. Their father, Brad McCoy is the head coach at Graham.
The Tigers visit the Steers Friday, with kickoff in Graham set for 7:30 p.m.