With a struggling team in town Friday, Sept. 13, a fast start was likely to pay big dividends for the Tigers.
Sure enough, Glen Rose (1-2) led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 35-13 victory over the Mineral Wells Rams (0-3).
“The special teams and defense did a great job getting us good field position, which was critical early in the game to jump on them,” said coach Tommy Dunn.
Both teams were in a giving mood, as Glen Rose won the turnover battle 5-4. The Tigers had 11 fumbles and lost three of them. Most came on snaps to the quarterback.
“We just got sloppy handling the football for awhile,” Dunn said. “We had a problem with our center exchange and have to get that fixed.”?On the positive side, the Tigers only had one penalty on the night. Glen Rose finished with one more first down (19-18). Much of the Mineral Wells production came in the fourth quarter with the Tigers already in total control.
Tiger quarterback Colten Lane completed 84 percent of his passes (11-13) for 151 yards with a touchdown and an interception on a tipped pass. He also ran five times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
“With the whole community out there, you just want to do great,” Lane said. “You want to drive, score and hit people really hard.”
Glen Rose ran the ball 37 times for 185 yards. The Tigers actually rushed even better than that, but numerous negative gains on recovered fumbles brought the average down. Notable rushers included Chasen Monk (13-78), Carlin Linnabery (9-46, TD), Senovio Delagarza (5-30, TD), Trey Yocham (2-35) and Lane.
“The backs were doing really good from the start,” Lane said.
Top receivers for the Tigers were Ethan Hartman (3-55) in his high school debut, Sam Strother (1-36), Linnabery (2-31) and Colton Bumpas (3-19). Jed Bridges caught a 13-yard touchdown pass.
Prime defensive players were Kevin Uehlein (interception, fumble recovery), Bridges (fumble recovery, 3 tackles for loss, sack), Strother (forced fumble, fumble recovery, 2 tackles for loss), Jacob Locke (interception), Weston Clifton (tackle for loss), Trevor Crawford (0.5 sacks), Braxton Barrios (sack, tackle for loss), Dalton Gould (3 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks), Nathan Smith (forced fumble), Yocham (forced fumble) and Jayton Dillard (sack). Leading tacklers were Uehlein (11), Bridges (9) and Clifton (8).
Bumpas was the man on special teams, as he came through with an 82-yard punt return touchdown that saw him motor all the way across the field.
“I caught the ball and there were guys coming at me, but whenever I cut it back up everybody got their blocks and made a big hole,” Bumpas said. “Alex Cocita got the block on the first guy coming at me, which was big. It was awesome. I’ve never experienced that feeling before – my first touchdown on this field.”
“Colton has been getting better every week and is an integral part of our team as a receiver and return man,” Dunn added. “It showed right there.”
For Mineral Wells, quarterback Caleb Acosta completed just 35 percent of his passes (7-20) for 80 yards and two interceptions. Boosted by a productive fourth quarter, the Rams posted strong rushing totals (38-243) for an average of 6.3 yards per carry.
Top rushers were DeShaun Hicks (8-82, TD), Kelly Williams (15-69, TD) and Tristan Seargeant (6-68). Williams was also the top receiver (3-33).