Two key members of the District 4-4A, Div. II champion Glen Rose High School football squad, running back Westen Halcom and defensive lineman Tanner Stroud, achieved honorable mention status on the Associated Press Sports Editors Class 4A all-state team.
Stroud, a senior, was named as an honorable mention pick on offense, and Halcom, a junior, was on the defensive honorable mention team.
They both helped lead Coach Cliff Watkins’ Tigers to a second straight district title with a 5-0 mark. Glen Rose finished the season with a 9-2 record.
Halcom was voted as the district’s Offensive Most Valuable Player, and Stroud was a first-team all-district selection on defense.
Averaging 152.7 yards rushing in 10 games this season, Halcom set five GRHS records in his second season as the Tigers’ leading rusher. He set all-time Tiger marks for yards in a season (1,527), yards in a game (277), rushing touchdowns in a game (5), points scored in a game (36) and rushing TDs in a season (23). He was among 11 running backs who are on the APSE 4A honorable mention list.
Stroud was third on the team with 93 tackles in his 11 games, and had three quarterback sacks. He also caused a fumble and recovered one fumble. He was one of 12 players statewide named honorable mention all-state as defensive linemen.
Watkins led the Tigers to an 8-5 record in his first season as Glen Rose head coach, in 2016, when they won eight games in a row to reach the third round of the playoffs before being eliminated by eventual state finalist Sweetwater. They won nine consecutive games before being upset by Vernon in the bi-district playoff round this season.