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Tigers, Zebras meet in battle of unbeatens

By Jay Hinton
Glen Rose Reporter
TRISTAN: Glen Rose running back Tristan Black (34) battles for yardage in a game earlier in the year against Fort Stockton.

GLEN ROSE — The Class 4A No. 9 Glen Rose Tigers will get a sense of what playoff football will be like in a couple of weeks when they host Class 3A No. 2 Grandview on Friday night at 7 p.m.

“It’ll be a playoff-type atmosphere and that’ll be good for all of our young guys that haven’t played in big games, playoff games like that to get one under their belt before the playoffs begin,” Glen Rose football coach Cliff Watkins said.

The battle pits two undefeated teams both with 8-0 records. The two teams were supposed to meet in Week 4, but a Grandview coach was exposed to COVID-19, and the game was canceled less than two hours before kickoff.

“They are the best team we’ve seen this year. They don’t have any weak spots, so we are going to have to be ready to play a great game,” Watkins said. “We both have really strong defenses and explosive offenses. It’s going to come down to who can execute the best and win the turnover battle.”

The Tigers (8-0, 3-0) are coming into the game after a forfeit win over winless Venus, who had COVID issues as well and canceled the game.

“It’s tough when you go through the whole week of preparation and then you don’t get to play the game and that’s happened to our guys twice now,” Watkins said. “They are excited that we found a game and they get to play instead of having an off week.”

The Tigers originally had a bye week scheduled, but they we able to pick up the Zebras instead.

“It’s exciting to get to play in games like this,” Watkins said. “We need this game for our football team going forward.”

With the forfeit win over Venus, the Tigers have wrapped up no less than a share of the district crown, but they can win their fifth straight undefeated district title when they host Ferris in the final game of the regular season on Friday, Nov. 6 at Tiger Stadium.