A week after Alvarado leaned on offensive efficiency in a win over the Tigers, Glen Rose produced big plays that led to efficient stats in a 28-0 win over Venus Friday, Nov. 1.
It took the Tigers (4-5, 1-2) awhile to get going, but an excellent finish to the first half sparked a strong final two quarters in the team’s home finale. The Bulldogs (5-4, 0-3) even reached the Tiger 1 at one point and still couldn’t score.
“Venus was playing pretty good defense (in the first half), and they frustrated us last year, too,” coach Tommy Dunn said. “We were maybe able to throw better against them last year, but they do a good job of taking away the run. You have to pick and choose your spots to connect on some passes.
“That was a huge score right before the half because with (57 seconds) left we went (89 yards). I’m very happy for these seniors.”
Venus won the turnover battle 2-1, but it proved to be of little significance on the scoreboard.
While Venus had more first downs (17-12), that stat couldn’t be more deceptive. Glen Rose broke nine plays of at least 12 yards, while Venus had only two such plays – for 13 and 15 yards.
After an interception on his first pass, Colten Lane went on to complete 11 of 18 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. That was good for 14 yards per pass attempt.
“We took awhile to find a comfort zone and struggled with a few plays,” Lane said. “Then we picked it up and were able to change the momentum.”
“Colten has a tough job at a very visible position,” Dunn added. “He does a good job maintaining his composure. I thought the offensive line did a great job pass blocking. We had some trouble run blocking, but knew we could wear them down as the game went along.”
While the Tigers struggled to run the ball for the most part, a 54-yard run by Hayden Holder enabled Glen Rose to average 4.3 yards per carry (22-96). Prime rushers were Holder (8-68, TD), Lane (4-9) and Colton Miller (2-8).
Through the air, Holder (4-128, TD) and Colton Bumpas (5-100, 2 TD) had strong receiving games. Ethan Hartman (1-12) was third in receiving yards.
“It’s really awesome to have a good game because it’s my senior year and my last game on this field,” Bumpas said. “We have to keep making these plays. In the playoffs, it’s win or go home.”
Venus had no explosiveness to its offense, averaging 3.2 yards per pass attempt and three yards per carry. Quarterback Heath Dugan completed six of 14 passes for 46 yards and an interception.
The Bulldogs ran 53 times for 164 yards. Top rushers were Kellen Bernard (17-60), Alex Garcia (13-53) and Dugan (15-26). The team’s leading receivers were Darrell Wheeler (2-21) and Bernard (2-19).
With the Bulldogs struggling, several Tiger defenders had strong showings. Weston Clifton loomed large with a fourth-down tackle for loss, a fourth-down tackle and an interception. He also piled up a whopping 25 tackles.
“The defense bent a little and gave up some plays, but they never broke,” Dunn said. “They got us the ball back even when Venus drove down to the goal line, which was huge. Weston made some huge plays.”
Trevor Crawford finished with three tackles for loss and 12 tackles overall. Sam Strother had a tackle for loss, while Dalton Gould had two tackles for loss.
“Trevor is making the most of his opportunities,” Dunn said. “He has to use his quickness and is doing a great job of it. It was good to have Sam back out there making plays.”
Senovio Delagarza returned from a lengthy injury absence to notch a sack, while Braxton Barrios made a fourth-down tackle. Other players with sacks included Hayden Swearengin (1), Robbie Serano (0.5), Miguel Barraza (0.5) and Angel Amezcua (0.5). Amezcua also forced a fumble.
Players joining Clifton and Crawford with double-digit tackles included Kevin Uehlein (12) and Swearengin (11).