It took more than an hour to get to River Oaks from Glen Rose.
It took a little over five minutes to see that Glen Rose was the dominant team on the field.
Glen Rose (2-3) rode an early lead and a defensive showcase to a 38-0 whooping of Fort Worth Castleberry Friday night.
“We came out and played a very strong game,” said head coach Tommy Dunn. “Defense, especially, shut them down right away and forced some turnovers. They gave the offense good field position and then the offense came out and took advantage.”
The Tigers took the opening drive 53 yards on seven plays for an early lead.
Collin Lane and Chase Evatt accounted for all the yards on the ground, except for a 28-yard completion from Frank Brandenburg to Kevin Brooks.
Evatt punched it in from two yards out with 8:54 left in the first quarter. The Tigers went for two but the snap sailed high and Glen Rose led 6-0.
After a three-and-out, the Tigers took over at their own 26-yard line. The offense drove it to the Lion 21 and Tanner Tongate drilled a 38-yard field goal with 3:25 left in the first.
Over the next 26 seconds, the Tigers put a dagger into the home team.
Cody Burtscher scooped up a fumble on the first play of the ensuing Lion drive and Brandenburg hit Brooks for a 36-yard TD.
The Tongate extra point made the score 16-0 with 2:59 left.
Three plays later, the Castleberry tailback took a handoff up the middle but Colten Allen was there to meet him and take the ball right out of his hands.
Glen Rose capitalized on the turnover when Brandenburg found Evatt for a 16-yard score. Lane took in the two-point conversion to make it 24-0 with 43 seconds still left in the first.
Burtscher struck again on defense when he picked off a Castleberry pass two possessions later, but Glen Rose turned the ball over three times in the second.
“In the second quarter, we drove the ball but turnovers killed us,” said Dunn. “We had two fumbles in the red zone and an interception. But our defense played so well it didn’t hurt us.
“We were also expanding our use of different players in different positions,” continued Dunn. “But that’s no excuse. We put the ball on the ground and it got us a little bit.”
On the second Tiger possession after halftime, Brandenburg hooked up with Brooks on the first play for a 52-yard touchdown. The Tongate kick made it 31-0 with 3:44 left in the third quarter.
The Tiger stop troops continued to keep the shut out in tact and Simpson punched in a final TD with a one-yard run midway through the fourth.
Evatt led the way with 65 yards and a TD on 10 carries while Jesus Aguilar ran the ball eight times for 60 yards. Simpson also had a season-high 54 yards and a score on seven attempts.
Brandenburg passed for 246 yards and three TDs on a 14-21 performance.
“(Brandenburg) is progressing every week,” said Dunn. “That continued this week. He’s learning the offense and he’s making the right calls at the line of scrimmage. He’s right where we want him to be at this stage of his progression.”
Brooks was the high-yardage receiver with 101 yards and a score on three catches while Evatt hauled in five passes for 71 yards and two scores.
The Tigers amassed 452 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Lane led the way with 14 tackles, a sack and a pass defelection while Stetson Murdock and Burtscher also cracked double figures with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.
Defensive linemen Jack Hughes (9), Curran Morrison (7), Jared Thames (6) and Jeremy Dooley (6) were also among the tackle leaders. Dooley led the team with three tackles for loss.
The Tigers held Castleberry to just 75 total yards.
Glen Rose is idle this week and hosts Venus in a District 8-3A opener Oct. 8.