Controlled scrimmage gives Tigers first taste of football season

Travis M. Smith -- @travis5mith
Controlled scrimmage gives Tigers first taste of football season

The Glen Rose Tigers got their first taste of the upcoming football season last Friday night during a controlled scrimmage against Clifton at Tiger Stadium. As most high school teams do during the first week of scrimmage action, the two teams held what amounted to a glorified practice, with coaches standing behind the game action, and possessions dictated by play count rather than quarters.

Overall, the Tigers played about as well as could be expected. The controlled aspect of the scrimmage does not allow for momentum to swing in either direction, and players are often pulled aside mid-series to be reinstructed on blocking schemes and technique.

“I think it was a good starting point,” Tiger Head Coach Tommy Dunn said. “We are certainly not where we want to be, not where we are going to be, and it certainly identifies a lot of areas that we need to enhance on, on both sides of the ball.

“’Both sides of the line did an extremely good job. Overall hustle was there for the whole team, but like always in a scrimmage, it is tough to gain momentum. You can have a three-and-out sop, and then have to go right back on defense again. We played pretty well defensively, and we had some opportunities offensively that we’ve got to take advantage of.”

Seniors Stone Costello and Reece Nickelo agreed with the Tigers’ head coach on the inability to sustain momentum during the controlled scrimmage, but said the team as a whole performed well. Costello – an outside linebacker – could not praise his defensive squad enough for their “smash mouth” approach and the physicality they brought on every play.

“I learned that we are going to be a physical football team, and we have to be the most physical football team on the field every night,” Costello said. “ We also have smart football people playing, so that is good also. One player that really stepped up, I think, was Bren Carrie. He played really good on defense [tonight].”

Nickelo said the offensive line played well, but still has room to improve.

“Offensively we did pretty good. We have a few improvements [to make], and we missed a couple blocks, but overall we’re a pretty strong offensive team,” Nickelo said. “ Our pass protection had a few shaky moments tonight, but it was all fundamentals, and when we get that fixed we should be good to go.”

The Tigers will return to the gridiron for their last tune-up before the regular season gets underway on Aug. 28 in Ferris. Glen Rose will travel to face Waco La Vega on Friday, Aug. 20 in a scrimmage set to start at 6 p.m.

“We have a ways to go, and it is not where you start but where you finish,” Dunn said. “That is what we are more interested in right now – how good we are going to be, not how good we are right now.”

Following the scrimmage, Glen Rose held its annual "Meet the Tigers Night." for photos turn to B2 or visit

Additional reporting by Josh Harville.