Tiger football played a better game in week two, but Glen Rose was also facing a better opponent.

The Tigers (0-2) scored most of their points in the fourth quarter of a 40-21 loss at the China Spring Cougars (2-0) Friday, Sept. 6.

“We played as hard as we could play, and that’s all you can ask of the kids,” said coach Tommy Dunn. “When you have a half dozen or more kids standing on the sideline (with injuries), it affects the overall team. We had kids out there playing a lot of snaps, and they’re going as hard as they can. We did make strides (Friday) and that’s what I wanted to see.”

Each team turned the ball over twice and Glen Rose had more first downs (23-22). Efficiency was the name of the game for China Spring, as it finished with more yards per pass attempt (9.2-5.2), yards per carry (6.2-3.5) and total yards (430-321).

“They have a solid offense and spread the field effectively,” said coach Todd Swearengin. “I did think we played better than last week and that’s the key.”

Quarterback Colten Lane completed 21 of 31 passes for 181 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Top rushers for the Tigers were Senovio Delagarza (12-68, TD), Chasen Monk (9-35) and Carlin Linnabery (4-35). Top receivers included Colton Bumpas (7-68, TD), Sam Strother (3-35) and Delagarza (5-34).

“It’s good to get Monk some (varsity) experience,” Dunn said. “He can really help us down the road.”

Defensively, Strother stood out with an interception, a tackle for loss and 0.5 sacks. Other notable plays came from Weston Clifton (interception), Hayden Swearengin (tackle for loss, 0.5 sacks) and Alex Cocita (conversion interception). Top tacklers included Clifton (9), Delagarza (8) and Strother (8).

For China Spring, the top Cougar was running back David Feliciano (23-167, 4 TD).

“He’s bigger than I thought he was on film,” Swearengin said. “He runs hard.”

Quarterback Tucker Johnson completed 16 of 25 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His top receivers were Robert Martinez (7-68, TD), Daven Pruitt (3-60) and Tyler Smith (4-37, TD).