The math is simple.
Take five wins, add no losses over the final five games of the season and that equals a district championship.
Glen rose is one step closer to completing the math after knocking off West 29-12 in a District 7-3A opener on Oct. 9.
After forcing a Trojan three-and-out to open the contest, Tiger Ben Mungia trucked his way into the end zone from 28 yards out. Colt Plaster then ran in a two-point conversion to make it an 8-0 lead just less than two minutes into the game.
After swapping possessions, West tailback Cody Aycock fumbled after catching a pass in the flat and Reagan Rotan recovered the loose ball, setting up the Tiger offense at the West 22-yard line.
On the first play from scrimmage, Plaster had all day to throw and completed a touchdown toss to Kevin Brooks.
“We came out and jumped on them. We threw a couple of different looks at them and we were able to march it right down the field,” said Glen Rose head coach Tommy Dunn. “Ben made a great run on the first touchdown. We really haven’t used our fullbacks that much and they were probably expecting us to pass with him in the backfield, but he made a good run and the offensive line did a good job of creating space for him.
“Then Colt (Plaster) made a risky pass to Kevin in the end zone, but it was accurate and two kids made a play,” Dunn continued. “So we were able to get a lead early and put them in a hole.”
Both offenses then turned dormant until the final minutes of the first half.
West ran its two-minute offense to perfection by marching 73 yards down the field in 15 plays and scored when Tracer McClinton leaped over a pile at the goal line. The two-point conversion failed to make the score 15-6 at halftime.
The Tigers took the opening possession of the second half down to the West seven-yard line but were unable to convert on a field goal.
“We would like to be able to finish off our drives. When we came out after halftime, we made some adjustments and marched the ball down the field,” Dunn said. “We got down there and tried to kick a field goal and missed it. We want to score every time we have the ball and we have to be able to convert on those field goals and that’s something we’ve improved on and will continue to work at.”
The defense continued its dominance by holding the Trojans scoreless for the remainder of the third quarter.
Glen Rose scored again early in the fourth when Plaster tossed his second touchdown of the night, this one to Ty Taylor from five yards out. The Tanner Tongate extra point made the score 22-6 with 9:20 left in the game.
West answered when Anthony drove the Trojans 80 yards down the field and capped the drive with an eight-yard scamper. The two-point conversion failed, leaving Glen Rose with a 10-point advantage at 22-12.
Plaster followed suit on the next series when we tossed his third TD of the night, a 19-yard hookup with Jorge Espino. Espino returned after missing three weeks with a knee injury. Tongate’s PAT provided the final tally.
Plaster finished the night with 170 yards on 9-19 passing with three touchdowns and a pick.
Taylor led the way with 66 yards on three catches and a score while Dylan Rodriguez and Chase Evatt each caught three passes as well. Rodriguez had 35 yards through the air with Evatt collecting 29.
Brooks’ and Espino’s only catches were the touchdowns covering 22 and 19 yards, respectively.
Evatt was the leading rusher with 76 yards on 19 carries and Plaster added 48 yards on 14 trips.
On the Tigers defense, which shut down Aycock, Anthony and the rest of the Trojans for most of the night, Brooks was the leading tackler with 15 and also forced the fumble that Rotan scooped up early on.
Collin Lane added to his team lead in tackles with 12, two for a loss, while Immanuel Morales reeled off 11 stops and a pass deflection.
Ivan Funez, Beto Hernandez and Hunter Ratliff added 10 tackles each.
Glen Rose held the mobile Trojan quarterback and top rusher in the district to a 2.8 yards per carry average on the ground and 123 through the air.
“It was a critical game for us. I told the kids, we can either put ourselves in a real good position or a real bad one. They came out fired up and took care of business,” said Dunn. “West is a very good football team. They don’t get enough credit. They’re physical and are well coached, so for us to come out and handle them the way we did took a great effort. It put us in a good position, but we need to come out and take care of business this week or it doesn’t mean anything.”
Glen Rose travels to Whitney on Friday for another district game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.