GLEN ROSE — Despite playing just 12 minutes of football Friday night at Sunnyvale, Glen Rose football coach Cliff Watkins liked what he saw.
The Tigers’ game plan: tackle, score points and limited rushing yardage.
Glen Rose did all three against Sunnyvale, but the Tigers don’t have a win to show for it because the game was called with 53 seconds left in the first quarter due to weather.
At the time, the Tigers were leading 28-20, but per the UIL, it doesn’t count as an official game because it didn’t make it to halftime.
“We would have loved to have played four quarters, but I was glad we were able to get out there and see a little bit. We talked all week about how we needed to be a more physical football team and we were,” Watkins said.
“We need to build on this week,” he continued. “We were physical for a quarter, and now we need to see if we can be physical for four quarters.”
Offensively, the Tigers put up 265 yards (191 passing, 74 rushing) and scored four times, while defensively, the Tigers game up 20 points on two long plays. Sunnyvale’s other score was a pick-six.
“I don’t know the official rushing yards they had against us, but it wasn’t many,” Watkins said.
The Tigers are back in action Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium when they host Decatur (1-3), and Watkins has admonished his team to disregard the Eagles’ record.
“They are a good football team, and we knew that when we scheduled them,” he said. “They have played a tough schedule, and they have some new guys, and they are getting better.”
The Eagles enter the game on a two-game losing streak after dropping a 56-21 contest to Midlothian Heritage and a 59-35 setback to Graham. They lost to Kennedale, 55-7, in the season opener. Decatur’s lone win was a 48-41 decision over Alvarado.
“They have struggled a little bit at times and in some places, but I’m sure they are hungry like we are to get better,” Watkins said.
Offensively, the Eagles are averaging 388 yards per game behind quarterback Dayne Chapman and running back A.J. Martinez, who is averaging just under 100 yards a game rushing.
“They have a talented running back, and this guy might be the fastest one we have played. They are going to hand it to him. They are going to split him out and throw it to him. They are going to do all kinds of things to get him the ball. He’s the guy we know we have to stop,” Watkins said. “The quarterback does a good job of throwing the ball. We’ve got to get pressure on him and make him get out of the pocket.”
Defensively, the Tigers will counter with Bryan Pounds, Braylen Meador and Ricky Douglas, who have 40, 38 and 36 tackles, respectively.
“We got a lot of guys to the ball and we tackled better (against Sunnyvale),” Watkins said. “That was our focus last week. We have given up all kinds of yards rushing and that’s got to stop if we want to be who we want to be down the road, and we were better.”
Offensively, quarterback Cameron Griffin and running back Westen Halcom lead the Tigers, who are averaging over 500 yards total offense in their first three official games.
Griffin has thrown for 941 yards and 10 touchdowns with just one interception, while Halcom is averaging 145.7 yards per game with five touchdowns. Griffin also has 235 yards rushing and three scores.
Halcom also leads the team with 18 receptions for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while Davis Shackelford has 14 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Harrison Hawkins has nine catches for 215 yards and three TDs.