7th-B Tigers 12

Alvarado 0

The seventh grade Tiger B-team made the most of a few big plays on Thursday to take down Alvarado in convincing fashion.

“This team has the most wins of the four junior high teams, and now they’ve won three in a row,” said coach Greg Garrison. “We simplified the offense for those guys, and it’s really been the best thing for them. Now guys are more sure of what they need to do, plus they have a pretty good running back in Nic Salyer.”

Speaking of Salyer, he delivered touchdown runs of 29 and 76 yards in the win.

“Salyer is new to the program this year, and he’s doing great,” the coach said. “At one point, he ran for a touchdown and it was called back for holding. Two plays later, he went the distance again for the 76-yard score.

“He’s a shifty runner with speed and he has good vision. Nic has run two kickoffs back for touchdowns this year.”

On defense, Cayden O’Neal recovered a fumble.

“Cayden was playing corner and besides that play he had a good game overall with sound tackling,” the coach said. “We lost some kids to grades, but we moved three guys down from the A-team who weren’t getting a lot of playing time and that’s helped.”

7th-A Tigers 0

Alvarado 28

Alvarado did all of its damage early, considering this was a 28-0 game at the half. Top defenders for Glen Rose were Zach Ibarra (2 tackles for loss) and Tanner Stroud (conversion tackle, fourth-down tackle).

“Stroud and Ibarra are definitely some of our better linebackers and they make plays,” Garrison said. “In the second half, I thought Gage Williams and Jonah Wilson played much better at defensive tackle for us. Obviously, it helped us slow Alvarado down.”

It looked like Logan Thames scored on an 82-yard kick return touchdown late in the first half, but it was called back for holding.

8th-B Tigers 0

Alvarado 16

Turnovers were the story here, as every Tiger possession either ended with a turnover or a turnover on downs.

“The turnovers were just too much to overcome, and we talked about that at halftime and at the end of the game,” Garrison said.

Notable defenders included Cade Bonesteel (2 tackles for loss), Wyatt Dahl (fumble recovery, tackle for loss) and Camden Reynolds (fumble recovery).

“Cade and Wyatt both played well for us in this one,” Garrison said. “At safety, I thought Tanner Resecker and Camden Reynolds did a nice job tackling in the run game.”

Resecker also had some hard-fought ground gains.

“Tanner does a good job for us at running back,” the coach said.

8th-A Tigers 6

Alvarado 30

Turnovers were a huge issue here as well, considering they killed four Tiger drives, not to mention a turnover on downs.

“We did some good things to move the ball in that game, but turnovers kept on hurting us,” Garrison said. “We could never overcome those bad breaks, and Alvarado would capitalize on them by marching down the field to score. It will continue to be a focus for us, as we try to improve.”

Notable defenders for Glen Rose were Matt Willis (conversion tackle, tackle for loss), Charles Rios (fumble recovery) and Ethan Hartman (sack).

“I thought our whole defense played well,” the coach said. “I only had two guys standing on the sideline to come in as subs, so most guys had to play the whole game.”

Quarterback Hartman did a solid job with the Alvarado defense focusing on him, as he ran for five first downs and three for three more. He rolled out and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass just over the top of a defender to Brazos Overton early in the fourth quarter (conversion pass failed).

“Ethan throws the ball really well,” Garrison said. “We tried to run sprint-outs to give him more time to throw, and he did a good job finding guys like Coleman (Garrison) and Kully (Reynolds).”

Unfortunately for the Tigers, the big story was a potentially serious knee injury sustained by Hartman late in the fourth quarter. After the game, the entire Alvarado team came over to the bench where Hartman was sitting and the players individually wished him the best.

“Those Alvarado kids come to play, but they have good sportsmanship,” Garrison said. “They understand what it’s all about. All those kids came over there to wish Ethan well; it was awful nice of them.”