Tigers fall to Springtown in season opener, host Gatesville Friday
SPRINGTOWN — The signs of a young team reared their ugly heads last Friday night where miscues haunted Glen Rose in its 37-7 season-opening loss at Springtown.
“We knew there would be some first-game jitters and nerves, but we made too many mistakes that cost us,” Glen Rose football coach Cliff Watkins said. “We can’t turn the ball over like we did, and we have to be a more physical football team.”
Watkins hopes to have those issues rectified or at least heading in the right direction when they take the field at Tiger Stadium for the first time this year when they host Gatesville at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We are all anxious to get back out there and show what we can do,” Watkins said. “We expect big improvements from week to week, especially early in the season, so I’m excited to see who is going to step up and make plays this week and be ready for the home opener.”
The Tigers were held to just 257 yards total offense against the Porcupines, and their lone score came midway through the fourth quarter.
“We have to take care of the ball and not turn it over, and we have to make plays in the passing game,” Watkins said. “It takes a little time to get in a rhythm passing game-wise with a new quarterback and receivers. We are getting better and ready to see the improvements on the field Friday.”
Gatesville enters the game following a 27-7 victory over Llano in its season opener, while holding Llano to just 243 yards total offense.
“Gatesville is an improved team that plays hard,” Watkins said. “They had a big win in Week 1 and have some momentum coming into this week. It should be a good game.”
The Tigers were poised to take the early lead against Springtown. First-year starting quarterback Hudson White hit Camden Raymond for a 27-yard gain to put the Tigers inside the Springtown 25, but the Tigers had a TD called back on a holding penalty and then fumbled in the end zone for the Springtown touchback.
Springtown marched 80 yards on its next possession and scored with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.
“I think it definitely affected us,” Watkins said of the early miscues. “We needed something positive to happen early on and we just couldn’t make it happen.”
The Porcupines scored four more times in the second quarter to build a 30-0 lead at the break. They scored again early in the fourth to balloon the lead to 37-0.
A great kick return by Colton McPeek coupled with a Springtown penalty gave the Tigers the ball at the Springtown 19, and five plays later Glen Rose running back Braulio Silva scored on a 2-yard run for the Tigers’ lone score.
White completed just 10 of 26 passes for 128 yards and he was intercepted twice. Raymond finished with three receptions for 48 yards, and Silva has 16 carries for 56 yards to go along with three catches for 20 yards.
Defensively, Tristan Black led the Tigers with 16 tackles, while Max Hood and Raymond had 10 stops each. Walker James had an interception.