The Glen Rose Tigers used last week's time off without a game to let injured players heal before facing a strongVenus football squad as district play begins this Friday.

“We spent a lot of time in the weight room,” Coach Tommy Dunn said in an interview. “When we did practice we did not go full pads to let injuries heal."

Among the injured players, of course, is former quarterback Frank Brandenburg, whose injured wrist knocked him out of play. Colton Bretton stepped up to take over the position.

“There's a possibility he could come back,” Dunn said.

The injured players go back to the sports doctor the Thursday before the big game with Kennedale on Oct. 14, he added. So it's possible the doctor might see enough improvement to let Brandenburg and other players see action.

The entire linebacking crew did not practice last week because all the members have some kind of injury. Ian Valdez is recovering from a slight concussion, Ben Munguia had a hurt elbow, Adam Rios injured his hand and Hayden Bach also recently injured his elbow.

The week off was welcome as the Tigers face Venus this Friday on the Bulldogs' home turf. Team stat comparisons show Venus with an edge in rushing yards, tackles and sacks, but the Tigers score higher in passing yards per game, total yards and points.

“They're 3-2 and they're as good as I've ever seen them,” Dunn said of Venus. “But we've learned that our kids are going to fight in every game. They get better in each game.

“We've had a little setback with our quarterback change, but we've improved on both sides of the ball and will expand as we move forward.”

Bretton has done a good job under pressure, Dunn added.

“He doesn't have the speed that Frank does,” he observed. “He's more of the pocket guy. He stands tall in the pocket and is able to see the field. He's taller and is more of a prototype quarterback. He's a very intelligent kid and picked up things quickly.”

Looking ahead to district play, Coach Dunn said he expected the Tigers to do “pretty well.” Right now Kennedale, which is 4-1 and ranked 224th in the state, poses the biggest challenge in the near future.

“Kennedale has shown itself to be very explosive,” Dunn said. “They've played a lot of larger schools and they've done very well. They have a lot of speed.”

The Tigers come off a big 41-6 win against Fort Worth Castleberry at the homecoming game, which gives the team some mental momentum at this week's away game.

“We've got our taste of victory and hopefully that will give us an appetite to experience that again,” Dunn said.

The Tigers will meet the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Please see the Reporter's Web site at www.theglenrosereporter.com for online coverage.