Tigers forced to replace one non-district football foe

Mark Wilson
Cliff Watkins

Glen Rose High School teams are having to make some adjustments to their fall schedules because of fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic precautions.

The Tigers football team won’t be having to make as many changes as some squads had to following the the University Interscholastic League’s announcements Tuesday about the start of the season being delayed for Class 5A and 6A schools.

As a Class 4A Division II school, the Tigers of head coach and athletic director Cliff Watkins can start their football season on time, leading off with the same previously scheduled Aug. 28 game at home versus Springtown.

The second regular-season game is also remaining the same, Sept. 7 at Gatesville. The third opponent will be changing — although not because of the UIL’s announcement.

The Tigers had been scheduled to play Fort Worth Castleberry in a home game on Sept. 18. But public schools in Tarrant County won’t be allowed to start on time because of restrictions put in place by that county’s health officials.

That left Watkins searching for another opponent for that third regular-season game.

Watkins noted that some changes are also having to be made to the school’s volleyball and cross country schedules. All of the final fall sports schedules will be released on the school’s website as soon as possible.

Glen Rose also had to change up its football scrimmage slate, and that was as a direct result of the UIL’s announcement.

The Tigers’ first preseason scrimmage had been set to be at home against Granbury’s Pirates. But Class 5A and 6A schools in Texas have been put on hold by the UIL, and those big schools won’t be able to have their first contests until the weekend of Sept. 24.

As a result, the Tigers will have only one scrimmage — Thursday, Aug. 20, at Stephenville (varsity at 6:30 p.m.).

Watkins said that the only things circulating before Tuesday’s announcement from the UIL were rumors.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” Watkins said. “We’re excited to play.”

Watkins said that the staff and players will be focused on doing everything correctly to ensure safety in light of the lingering COVID-19 concerns.

“We’ve got to be sure everything is done right,” Watkins said.