A 15-point second quarter by the Graham Steers and two Glen Rose turnovers in the red zone with less than eight minutes to play in the contest proved to be the deciding factors in Grahamís 21-10 win over the Tigers on homecoming night at Tiger Stadium last Friday.
Graham made the trip to Tiger Town and brought the most famous quarterback the Tigers will see this year in Case McCoy.
McCoy is the younger brother of Texas Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy and is committed to the Longhorns following his senior year.
The Tiger defense was unimpressed.
McCoy was held to a less-than-spectacular performance, completing only nine of 24 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown on a questionable call at the home-side pylon.
The Steersí ground attack got the best of the Tigers, however, racking up 206 yards and two scores on 31 carries.
Graham cashed in on runs of two and seven yards to take a 14-0 lead, then stretched it 21-0 via the questionable 45-yard TD pass by McCoy.
From then on, the Tiger defense was impenetrable, not allowing a point in the second half.
Collin Lane led the defense with seven tackles, three for a loss and a sack.
Shelby Junge added six tackles, one for a loss and a pass breakup while Beto Hernandez chipped in five tackles , one for a loss and a sack.
Things were quite different for the Tiger offense.
Colt Plaster was only able to lead one touchdown drive for the Tigers, albeit an impressive one.
Plaster and Ty Taylor hooked up on four of five consecutive throws, capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left in the half. The Tanner Tongate kick made the score 21-7.
Glen Rose tacked on three points on their first drive of the new half when Tongate drilled a 26-yard field goal.
With less than 10 minutes to play in the game, the defense shut down McCoy and the Graham offense, giving the Tigers a chance to inch closer.
Plaster and the Tigers drove the ball 49 yards, but Kevin Brooks couldnít hold on to the ball after a 19-yard catch, giving the ball back to Graham.
The Tiger defense forced a Graham fumble which was scooped up by Ivan Funez, giving the offense another shot with just over five minutes to play.
After a four yard run, Plaster made his only poor throw of the night and it was intercepted to seal the game.
Plaster outdueled McCoy on the stat sheet, completing 21-33 for 243 yards with a touchdown and the pick.
Taylor was Plasterís primary weapon, hauling in 11 passes for 134 yards and a TD.
Brooks caught five passes for 70 yards as the secondary receiver.
For the first time in 2009, Chase Evatt failed to lead the Tiger ground game. Evatt was held to 32 yards on 13 carries while Plaster ran seven times for 40 yards.
Dylan Rodriguez added 15 yards on three trips.
Glen Rose will have a bye week to prepare for District 7-3A action beginning on Oct. 9 when West pays a visit to Tiger Town.