Reporter Staff Report
Garrett Trotter used a long kickoff return and a fourth-down touchdown reception to lead Glen Rose past Fort Worth Castleberry 20-14 in junior varsity football action last week.
After Castleberry tied the score at 14-14 with less than three minutes remaining, Trotter returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to the opponents’ 20-yard line.
Trotter completed his heroics four plays later when Colton Bretton found him in the end zone for the game-winning TD on fourth down.
Castleberry still had life until Tiger defenders Adam Rios and Austin Gibson teamed up to seal the win. Rios forced a fumble and Gibson recovered it with less than a minute remaining.
The scoring was back and forth all night as Bretton hooked up with Rios on a 20-yard pass then kept the ball himself for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 Glen Rose lead.
Catleberry returned a Tiger fumble 60 yards to pull within two, but Glen Rose extended its advantage with a 10-yard TD strike from Bretton to Jake Sullivan before halftime.
The 14-6 score held until late in the fourth when Castleberry used a long scoring drive and a two-point conversion to tie the game, setting up the exciting final moments.
Bretton had a big night at quarterback, completing 10 passes for 103 yards and three TDs while rushing for 52 yards.
Rios had 55 yards on the ground and 40 through the air on a pair of receptions, while Gibson completed three passes for 47 yards and rushed for 46.
Logan Caylor ran for 50 yards and had a 12-yard catch, Sullivan snagged four receptions for 31 yards and Trotter had three for 20.
Gibson had four tackles and an interception in addition to his victory-sealing fumble recovery. Zavier Bustos also picked off a Castleberry pass.
Hayden Bach, Logan Douglas, Carter Brandt, Keith McAnally, Billy Perez and Joe Vollmer spearheaded the Glen Rose defense with four tackles each. Jeremy Cates, Will McNelly, Austin Mapes and Cody Hernandez each made three tackles, while Hayden Trotter, Jack Payne and Julian Alacala all added one.