Glen Rose quarterback Cam Griffin ran for a touchdown and threw three TD passes, including two to Davis Schackelford, as coach Cliff Watkins’ Tigers wrapped up their second preseason football scrimmage Thursday night at Tiger Stadium against Graham.
Also for the Tigers, Jess Niedziela was on the receiving end of Griffin's other TD toss, and on defense Dristan Cathey intercepted a Graham pass.
“Offensively I thought we had some guys step up and make plays,” Watkins said. “Early on in the scrimmage (the Steers) were getting after it. After that, we were able to move the ball.
“Defensively, we didn’t tackle well. We’ve got to continue to work on being better tacklers, and being in better game shape.
The Steers, who were 14-1 last season when they reached the semifinal round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs, scored three touchdowns, all on running plays. In the preseason predictions made by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, Graham is listed as the sixth-best 4A Division II team in the state.
“Graham is always going to be a solid team, and they have high expectations,” Watkins said. “It was good for us to get out and see what we could do.
”This gives us confidence going into the season. But we saw some things we need to fix.”
The Tigers, 9-2 in 2017, will open the regular season at home against Grandview Friday, Aug. 31, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Grandview is predicted in Dave Campbell’s preseason ratings to be the District 9-3A Division I champion.
Last season, the Tigers were outscored by Grandview, 33-19. They are aiming to halt a three-game losing skid agains the Zebras.
“They look a lot better (this year) but they are solid year-in and year-out,” Watkins said. “We’re going to get their best. We have to play the best we can play.”
The Zebras have eight offensive starters back from 12-2 team that reached the regional finals, but there is only one defensive starter back.
Among the cast of veterans on offense for Grandview, however, are quarterback Dane Jentsch and running back Tremayne Gullatte. Jentsch had 1,134 yards and 19 touchdowns passing in 2017. Gullatte ran for 915 yards and 10 TDs.
The Tigers, members of District 4-4A Division II, are coming off of two straight district titles without a loss under third-year head coach Cliff Watkins.
Dave Campbell’s picked the Tigers as the favorite to win another district title, and ranked Glen Rose as the No. 15 team in the state among 4A Division II schools.
Watkins has seven offensive and five defensive starters returning this season.