Freshman Tiger football (2-4) didn’t let a strong Stephenville Yellow Jacket team have a huge offensive outburst on Thursday, but Glen Rose just couldn’t find its offensive rhythm in an 18-0 loss.
“We drove the ball okay at times, but we made some mistakes that we couldn’t recover from,” said coach Kiel Miller.
To the coach’s point, a poorly struck opening kickoff gave Stephenville the ball at midfield. The visitors methodically made their way down the field and scored on a one-yard run (0-6, kick wide left).
When Stone Costello lost a fumble on the second Tiger offensive play, Stephenville took over at the Tiger 20 and scored on its fourth play with a four-yard run (0-12, conversion pass failed).
“They played with a short field all night, especially on each touchdown drive,” Miller said. “We have to do a better job protecting the football and executing.”
Neither team got much done offensively for the rest of the half, but Chasen Monk ran for a couple of first downs while Braxton Barrios and Brandon Ochoa each made tackles for loss.
In the second half, Tiger first downs came on runs by Calen Ballesteros and Monk.
“Monk is going to get his yards regardless,” Miller said. “He’s a good running back and it’s hard to stop him. Their defense was right up there with China Spring as the best we’ve played.”
The final Stephenville touchdown came in the fourth quarter after the Tigers turned the ball over on downs at the Glen Rose 36. The touchdown was a two-yard run (0-18, conversion pass failed).
Glen Rose did have some notable defensive plays in the half, including fourth-down tackles by Dylan Hammond and another one shared by J.P. Shero and Matt Branham, as well as a Barrios sack and a Ruben Salas tackle for loss.
“We had some big fourth-down stops,” Miller said. “Those were some of the positive plays we made that should’ve kept us in the ballgame. Barrios played well on both sides of the football, especially defensively.”
The Freshman Tigers will face China Spring next week.
“It comes down to execution, and we’ll keep working on that,” Miller said.