Tigers rout Ferris, can win district title at Godley

Jay Hinton Glen Rose Reporter

GLEN ROSE — Glen Rose quarterback Cameron Griffin rewrote the school record book with seven touchdowns passes, including a school-record four to Davis Shackelford, in the Tigers’ 72-23 victory over Ferris on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Griffin connected with Shackelford three times in the Tigers’ explosive first quarter and again in the third quarter in the record-setting performance by both players. 

In all, Griffin completed 13 of 21 passes for 246 yards, increasing his touchdown total to 30 against just two interceptions. He also went over 2,000 yards passing for the season (2,033). The senior signal-caller also rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, while Westen Halcom tallied 155 yards rushing on just 11 carries and one touchdown. Shackelford finished with 134 yards receiving on five receptions. 

“He had a heckuva night. We have a lot of guys around him who can play, and it makes his job easier,” Glen Rose football coach Cliff Watkins said of Griffin. “He’s done a great job getting those guys the ball, and the offensive line has been outstanding.”

For the game, the Tigers compiled 582 yards total offense (246 passing, 336 rushing) in scoring a season-high 72 points, while the Tiger defense, led by 17 stops from Braylen Meador, allowed Ferris just 218 yards total offense (105 passing, 113 rushing), and just eight Yellowjacket first downs.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in District 4-4A play with two games remaining in the regular season. The Tigers will travel to Godley (3-4, 0-1) for a 7:30 p.m. meeting with the Wildcats before hosting Venus on Nov. 9 in the season finale.

“That was our goal to be 2-0 after this week. They were the other 1-0 team, and we had to come in and protect this house and play our game, and we did,” Watkins said. 

A win Friday would give the Tigers their third straight district title, and wins in both games would give the Tigers their third consecutive undefeated district season.

The Tigers, who lost the opening kickoff on a fumble, trailed 7-0 for less than 15 seconds. After Ferris’ first score, Griffin hit Shackelford for a 72-yard touchdown on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage and the ensuing two-point conversion gave the Tigers the lead for good at 8-7.

The Glen Rose defense forced a three-and-out on Ferris’ next possession, and four plays later, Griffin and Shackelford connected for a 15-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 16-7.

Ferris scored on its next drive to cut the lead to 16-13 before the Griffin-Shackelford duo connected again from 16 yards out to push the score to 22-13.

“We started fast, but we didn’t expect them to do that,” Watkins said. “Once our defense figured it out, they came on and they were physical, and they (the Yellowjackets) didn’t do much after that. We’ve got to start better (defensively), and we have been the last few weeks. We had the rough start, but they settled in and played really well, and we were able to keep scoring.”

Ferris faced a fourth-and-1 on its own 34, and the Tiger defense swarmed the ball carrier for a loss to regain the ball on downs. Seven plays later, Griffin scampered in from 15 yards out for the first of his two scores, and the rout was on.

“I think they knew they had to keep the ball and would have to score every time they had it to keep up,” Watkins said. “That’s deep in your own territory to do it, but I understand why they did it.”

Following Griffin’s run, Harrison Hawkins hauled in a pair of TD passes of 16 and 15 yards before the half. Ferris also had a 63-yard score and a safety before the half to make it 44-23 at the break.

While the Tiger defense held the Yellowjackets scoreless in the second half, Griffin added a 22-yard run and a 13-yard TD pass to Shackelford, while Halcom had an 18-yard run and Samuel McPherson, who had 81 yards on 13 carries, added a 4-yard jaunt for the Tigers.

Behind Meador, who all recovered a fumble, Ricky Douglas and Keegan Bunt added 10 stops each, while Bryan Pounds added nine.