For Glenn and McNeil, two teams with relatively young rosters and challenging district schedules on the horizon, a game like their Week 2 clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex is huge for the momentum and morale of the program.
Both teams enter the game winless on the 2019 season. Glenn fell to Liberty Hill 41-13 in their week one game, while McNeil dropped a 47-29 decision to Del Valle in week one.
Last season, McNeil and Glenn's game week-two game was called off in the third quarter due to inclement weather, with the Mavericks leading 25-14 at the time.
"Last year was out of either of our controls," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "For us, it's more about putting forth a better effort than last week and getting motivated for the right reasons. It helps us to play teams with better numbers and larger talent pools as we develop."
Glenn senior quarterback Drew McGuire looks to make an impact after an up-and-down game in week one. McGuire went 11-of-24 with 127 yards, a touchdown and an interception against Liberty Hill last Friday. Julian Morris seeks to leave his mark on this game after just 14 yards on six carries last week.
"We did not run the ball well or with any level of consistency last week. We were a little overwhelmed and we have tried to improve upon that in practices this week," Schoenfeld said. "We like to be a balanced offense with passing and running options on first down, but establishing a running game first is a key in this game."
McNeil and head coach Howard McMahan sport a solidly balanced offensive attack, paced by sophomore quarterback Luke Hutchison, who went 17-for-27 in the Mavericks' week one loss, amassing 183 yards and a touchdown pass. Winston Hutchison led the way on the ground with 106 yards on 12 rushes.
"Their quarterback is a dynamic we have to be aware of. He is a true dual-threat quarterback," Schoenfeld said. "He is a big threat to break the pocket and burn you."
"McNeil seemingly has an overabundance of young, long, tall kids who can run," Schoenfeld said. "And they are a very well-coached and disciplined team. Hats off to coach McMahan."
McNeil begins play in District 13-6A next weekend when the Mavericks travel to Gupton Stadium to face unbeaten Vista Ridge on Friday, September 13. Glenn faces McCallum in their last non-district game next Friday at House Park, before hosting Elgin in their District 13-5A, Division II opener.
"It's Friday night in Texas; every game is big," Schoenfeld said. "We are young enough as a program where momentum and confidence are big factors, and a win would be a huge plus for us."
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