HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Glenn, McNeil both looking for improvements in Week 2

Both the Grizzlies and Mavericks dropped their 2018 season openers

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Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld is expecting to see the biggest jump to between the first week and the second. 

With the Grizzlies coming off a loss to Liberty Hill in the first game of their first official UIL-sanctioned season, they’ll play their first home game against McNeil, which narrowly fell to Del Valle in its opener last Friday. 

“They have talent all over the field and they can run really well,” Schoenfeld said. “All of us involved in the program, from players to coaches to family to the school, we put a lot of effort and our heart and soul into this. The theme this week is to be better on the things that were weaknesses.”

The Mavericks are approaching the week with a similar mentality. 

McNeil scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one to tie the game with under two minutes to go, but the Cardinals hit a 19-yard field as time expired to come away with the win. 

“I learned my team has a lot of heart and character,” McNeil head coach Howard McMahan said. “They faced a lot of adversity in their first ballgame. We need to work on execution and eliminating mistakes. (The game against Glenn is) a non-district game against a very good opponent.”

The dynamic duo of quarterback Zane Kampfer and receiver Jordan Kerley was in lockstep all night as the quarterback threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, while the Arizona State-bound receiver caught 10 passes for 154 yards and two scores. 

Junior receiver Malik Gordon also had 106 yards and a touchdown through the air and junior running back Winston Hutchinson went for 106 yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

The two teams have obviously never met, but McMahan has been coaching in the area to know not to take a new Leander ISD school lightly after watching the likes of Rouse, Vandegrift and Vista Ridge have early success.

“It doesn’t (effect our preparation),” he said. “We play faceless opponents every week, especially in non-district. I know they’re going to be well-coached. Leander ISD does a great job of setting up their schools and kids to be successful and history tells us that.”

Glenn had a good mix of run and pass in the loss to the Panthers as they combined for 216 yards through the air and ran for 261 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. 

Khorin Thompson rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown, Julian Morris added 73 yards and a touchdown and Lamont Slade finished with one rushing touchdown and 35 yards. In his first start, junior quarterback Drew McGuire threw for 180 yards with one interception. 

“You schedule them because they’re a championship caliber team and if you want to see yourself in that long-term, that’s who you’ve got to play,” Schoenfeld said. “There were a lot of great things we did offensively and defensively, but there were a lot of miscues that great programs are going to take advantage of.”

Kickoff between the Mavericks and Grizzlies is set for 7:30 p.m. at Gupton Stadium. 

Following Friday’s game, McNeil jumps right into district play with a home game against Vista Ridge, while Glenn has one more non-district game at home against McCallum. 

“There’s a natural higher level of urgency,” Schoenfeld said. “Nothing procedurally has changed with how we do things or run the program. We have goals that we want to accomplish and places we want to go and the urgency is higher, it has to be.”

OTHER FRIDAY GAMES: 

Belton at Round Rock

Dragon Stadium, Round Rock

Thursday, 7 p.m.

If the first game of the season is any indication, the Round Rock rushing attack is officially back. The Dragons combined to rush for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan O’Keefe went for 112 yards and a touchdown while senior running back Marquis Brown rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his return from an injury last season as the Dragons beat Harker Heights 36-7. Jordan Smart made 12 tackles and Ashton Millers made 10 tackles o lead Round Rock defensively. Belton lost 38-17 to Westlake in the season opener but has beat Round Rock in each of the last two seasons. 

Rouse at Anderson

Nelson Field, Austin

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Rouse used a high-powered offensive explosion to scored 31 fourth-quarter points and beat Vista Ridge in the first game of the season last week. Running back Tavian Tate rushed for 101 yards and a trio of touchdowns in the win. Quarterback Ethan Moore threw the ball just eight times but ran for 60 yards and a touchdown. Anderson lost to McCallum 21-20 in the Taco Shack Bowl to start the year. This is the first meeting between the two teams. 

Pflugerville at Leander

Bible Stadium, Leander

Friday, 7 p.m.

One of the oldest rivalries in the area is renewed. The Lions and Panthers have faced off every year since 2006 and the matchup dates back to the 1930s. Leander is coming off an impressive 23-3 win against Weiss last Thursday in which running back Adison LaRue ran for a pair of touchdowns. Pflugerville fell to Bowie 45-13 in the season opener in its first game since dropping down to Class 5A. The Panthers have beaten the Lions in three of the last four years, including a 30-13 victory last season. 

Harker Heights at Stony Point

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock

Friday, 7 p.m.

The Tigers and Knights both wrap up the non-district schedule with their first meeting since 2015. Stony Point scored a touchdown and got a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter to beat Killeen 21-14 last week. Kyle Overton threw for 174 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers. Harker Heights, meanwhile, gave up 36 points in a loss to Round Rock to open the season. Stony Point leads the all-time series 4-2. 

Austin at Westwood

Dragon Stadium, Round Rock

Friday, 7 p.m.

The Westwood offense was back in full force as the Warriors scored 35 unanswered points and racked up 466 yards of total offense to beat East View 38-21. Sophomore quarterback R.J. Martinez threw for 222 yards and senior receiver Matt Pravednikov caught nine passes for 123 yards. Nate Anderson and Mario Debs each rushed for more than 100 yards. Austin wasn’t afraid to score points of its own as the Maroons sprinted past Connally 56-41. Austin and Westwood last met in 2013, a 42-13 win for the Warriors. 

Ellison at Vandegrift

Monroe Stadium, Austin 

Friday, 7 p.m.

Vandegrift couldn’t have gotten the season started on a more emotional or energetic note as it beat Leander ISD rival Cedar Park 29-13, the Vipers’  first win in the series since 2014. Dru Dawson threw for 121 yards and three touchdowns, while the defense came up big with two interceptions, including a pick-six by defensive back Reese Watson. Ellison lost a lopsided game to A&M Consolidated 48-7. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. 

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