GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Tigers couldn’t have picked a better time to play their best football game of the year — and not to mention pick up their first win of the season — heading into Friday night’s District 4-4A home opener against Hillsboro.
The Tigers (1-5) roughed up Gatesville 45-6 for homecoming, and now the three-time undefeated district champs look to build on that momentum.
“We executed better than we have all year,” Glen Rose football coach Cliff Watkins said. “We didn’t have an offensive penalty, and we didn’t turn the ball over. If we can do that every week, we will put ourselves in some good situations.”
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
“That was a good win for us going into district,” Watkins said. “Now, we have to build off the way we have played and get ready to play at an even higher level entering district play.”
In all, the Tigers played six non-district games, and their opponents’ combined record in the five losses is 27-0, and all of them were ranked or are now ranked in the top 10 in their respective classifications.
“Our non-district schedule was very tough and our guys did a great job of staying focused on us getting better and attacking the battle each week,” Watkins said. “Our schedule has made us a better football team.”
Hillsboro (2-4) is an OT loss away from being 3-3. The Eagles lost to Wills Point 27-21 last week. The week prior, they beat Eustace, 51-13.
“Every team in our district is now 0-0, so we know Hillsboro is going to come in here and play their best,” Watkins said. “We are excited to start off district at home and want to play our best game of the season to this point on Friday night.”
Glen Rose junior quarterback Austin Worthen rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more in leading the Tigers to their first win of the season over Gatesville (0-6).
Worthen had first-quarter touchdown runs of 2 and 22 yards to put the Tigers up for good.
J.W. Roper got in on the scoring with a 6-yard run in the second quarter to increase the lead to 18-0 at the break.
Nate Ferguson (9 yards) and Braylen Meador (17 yards) hauled in TD catches from Worthen in the second half, and freshman Sean Dodson added a 36-yard run late in the game.
Worthen threw for 123 yards while rushing for 177 yards on 13 carries in the game. Roper added 55 yards rushing on seven carries, while Meador finished with two catches for 59 yards.
Cory Aper led the Tigers in tackles with 13, including a sack, and Meador tallied 12. Ferguson recorded a pair of sacks.