On Thursday evening, the teams of Glen Rose Junior High football took on visiting Hillsboro to conclude their 2012 seasons.

There was only one eighth grade game, as the two Tiger squads combined.

7th Tiger B-team 6

Hillsboro 8

This game came down to a failed Glen Rose conversion run in the second quarter, moments after Hillsboro had made good on a conversion run. The Tigers kept the game in doubt until the end.

“This team won its last three games (coming in) and just barely missed out (Thursday),” said coach Greg Garrison.

Early in the second quarter, Sam Merrill made a tackle for loss. He made another tackle for loss in the third.

“Sam missed last week’s game with pneumonia, but he came back and played hard like he always does,” Garrison said.

On the very next play after his first tackle for loss, a Hillsboro rusher broke a tackle in the backfield and delivered a 26-yard touchdown run (0-8, conversion run).

On the ensuing kickoff, Nic Salyer fielded the ball at the Tiger 21 and exploded down the middle of the field for a 79-yard return touchdown (6-8, conversion run failed).

“That’s what I was hoping for – to get one of Nic Salyer’s long touchdown runs,” Garrison said.

Late in the first half, Jesus Castellanos made a touchdown-saving tackle.

“Castellanos moved from cornerback to linebacker, and he does an excellent job of running to the ball,” Garrison said.

In the second half, Garrett Flynn and Cayden O’Neal combined on a fourth-down tackle.

“That was a big stop for us,” the coach said.

O’Neal also intercepted a pass, while Flynn recovered a fumble.

“O’Neal played really well,” Garrison said. “He did good with the interception and also made some good tackles. Flynn is a quiet guy; he just lines up out there and does what he’s supposed to do.”

7th Tiger A-team 14

Hillsboro 54

This was obviously a tough game for Glen Rose, but Zach Ibarra made some plays. He had a tackle for loss on defense and also found a way to deliver one of the Tiger touchdowns.

On a deep Jake Anderson pass intended for Logan Thames in the second quarter, the ball was deflected into the air. Ibarra ran under it and sped to the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown reception. He then caught a conversion pass from Anderson.

“Zach is a nice, studious young man who does anything you ask of him,” Garrison said. “He plays hard every single time.”

The other Glen Rose touchdown was a seven-yard Anderson keeper on fourth down (conversion run failed).

“We talked about the most important thing to us is helping each one of these guys become a better person, and also player,” Garrison said. “It’s a learning experience in seventh grade so we can try to open it up a little more in their eighth grade year. They will be a good team; they just have to understand that.”

8th Tiger A-team 6

Hillsboro 30

The Tiger touchdown in this game came on a 26-yard pass from Kully Reynolds to Brazos Overton in the first quarter (Reynolds conversion run failed).

“Kully put the ball up where Brazos could make a play and he was all alone,” Garrison said.

The other notable offensive play was a 13-yard run by Charles Rios on a fake punt. He broke multiple tackles during an impressive effort.

“That was a great run, and he improvised because there was no opening where it was designed to go,” Garrison said. “He’s a good, tough-running kid.”

Camden Reynolds and Landen Ibarra each intercepted a pass. Ibarra’s pick and ensuing return set up the Tiger touchdown, and he also broke up a pass in the end zone.

“Landen played well on defense like we needed him to,” the coach said. “That pick by Reynolds got us off to a good start defensively.”

Overton made a tackle for loss on defense.

“Everybody wants to win every game, but I try to make these guys see the big picture that this is a stepping stone to Friday nights,” Garrison said.