More than 100 Glen Rose Tigers hit the gridiron for the beginning of fall football drills Monday, and first-year head coach Tommy Dunn says the team is further ahead at this point than last year’s club that reached the regional finals for the first time in school history.
“I think we’re farther ahead just because of what we have coming back and where the program is at right now. We haven’t changed much since last year and this is our third year in this system (Dunn was an assistant for two seasons under Erik Slaughter), so I think the kids are comfortable with it.”
Seventy-five Tigers have turned out for the 10-12 grade workouts, and Dunn says at least two more are on the way.
“Chris Griggers is working out of state,” Dunn said. “His family owns a hunting business in Alaska. DJ Figueroa is also gone, but he’s roofing houses so I’m not worried about what kind of shape he’s in.”
As for the Tigers who are in camp, Dunn said overall the team is very well conditioned. Still, conditioning drills are included every day.
A number of Tigers inspired the coach with their play Monday and Tuesday, including linebackers Jesus Chavez and Ryan Rathke and defensive lineman Hunter Ratliff on the defensive side; and Garrett Lee, Taylor Nabours and Austin Eschbach on offense.
“Overall I would say it’s been a great first two days of workouts,” Dunn said, adding that there have been no injuries.
Tiger fans will have their first opportunity to see the high school teams in action in the annual intersquad scrimmage Saturday. The freshmen begin at 8 a.m. followed by the junior varsity at 9 a.m. and the varsity at 10 a.m. at Tiger Stadium.