Rob Schoenfeld will be the first to tell you he doesn’t have the answer to what has made Glenn’s first full varsity season special, especially after last week.
The Grizzlies dropped their first District 13-5A Division II game last week on the road against previously winless Marble Falls, but are still tied atop the district standings with this week’s opponent in perennial playoff contender Brenham.
“To their credit, even during the winning streak, the tone and tenor of our program was not too high and not too low,” he said. “It’s been business as usual. This is not the time to thew the baby out with the bathwater. We had a bad game. The most important part of what happened last Friday is what we do next.”
A win Friday against the Cubs would lock up a playoff as well as at least a share of the district title.
Brenham is the kind of program that any school in the state aspires to be. It made the playoffs for the 42nd time in school history a season ago and is the only team in the current district with that kind postseason experience.
The loss last week to the Mustangs was uncharacteristic of the season Glenn had been having.
The Grizzlies entered the game averaging more than 33 points a game and scored a season-low seven points. They also averaged well over 200 yards per game on the ground and finished with just over 150.
“Up to that point, we played very inspired football,” Schoenfeld said. “It just wasn’t our night. They earned the victory. Going forward with Brenham, it doesn’t get any easier. They have a very rich tradition. They’re extremely athletic and they embody what a quality program would be both in playoff tradition and size and talent on the field.”
Brenham a balanced offense, averaging nearly 150 passing yards and 143 rushing yards per game. The Cubs are No. 3 in district play behind East View and the Grizzlies, scoring 32.2 points per game.
After a district-opening loss to Cedar Creek, the Cubs have rattled off four wins in a row, most recently scoring 14 unanswered points in the second half to come away with a 24-20 win against Bastrop last Friday night.
For Glenn, the first district loss coupled with the most experienced team in the district coming to town hasn’t changed a thing. It’s business as usual.
“When it was going well, our team did a really great job of practicing and living our values,” Schoenfeld said. “When we did those things, we had success. We were able to take the approach this week that every day is an opportunity to get back on the right track. That’s the only way we have a chance at success this week.”
Glenn’s junior quarterback Drew McGuire threw for 187 yards and a touchdown, receiver Jarvis Henderson caught four passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and running back Julian Morris rushed for 93 yards on nine carries.
At the beginning of the year, not many people outside the Glenn locker room predicted the Grizzlies to challenge for the district title. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine picked them to finish sixth in the eight-team district.
But the players and the supportive community surroundings he newest Leander ISD school believed in what they’ve been building the last two years of playing a mixture of junior varsity, private schools and varsity squads with open schedules.
“We had expectations that included living up to our values and putting ourselves in a position to compete for a playoff spot, Schoenfeld said. “Luckily for us, we’ve played ourselves into a position where we can control what happens to us based on our performance on the field. If you get to the last two games of the year and you say that about your chances, that’s pretty positive.”