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Glenn ready to face off with run-heavy Calhoun

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With their first-round postseason win over Medina Valley last weekend, Glenn picked up its first playoff victory in school history. 

But don't think the team is satisfied.

The Grizzlies will look for another win when they travel to Bastrop Memorial Stadium to face Port Lavaca Calhoun in their Class 5A, Division II area round bout Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

"Every team in the playoffs is too good for our team to go out there with a satisfied mindset," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "If we go out there and think 'the story is good enough already,' we're gonna be turning in our helmets and shoulder pads on Monday."

Glenn enters the game at 7-4 after winning six regular season games and their bi-district match last week. The Grizzlies beat Medina Valley 28-14 at Bible Stadium.

Tied at 14-14 heading into the fourth quarter, Glenn scored two touchdowns in the final frame to take the bi-district crown. Running backs Julian Morris and Lamont Slade each had two touchdown runs in the game and accounted for over 200 yards on the ground.

Schoenfeld believes that the Grizzly running game is once again a major key to success come Saturday afternoon. 

"At this point in the season, you need to distill the offense into what you know you do best, and what fits your strengths and identity as a team," he said. "Over the past four or five weeks, whenever we have success on offense, it's been the running game working well."

Calhoun meets Glenn for the first time ever by virtue of their bi-district round win, a 56-55 win over Sharyland Pioneer. The Sandcrabs, who come into Saturday's game at 8-3, held on in the final minute as Pioneer went for a two-point conversion and failed to convert.

Calhoun's potent offensive attack, which scored 56 points and accumulated 617 rushing yards last weekend, relies almost exclusively on the ground. The Sandcrabs have thrown the ball just 19 times this season, less than twice per game on average.

"They're not going to throw the ball much, but when they do, it can be big play after big play because the defense has sold out to try and stop the inside runs," he said. "They're a great team that runs an offense that is hard to prepare for, and they do it very well."

When the teams take the field on Saturday, Schoenfeld will look for the club to stay composed and mentally engaged for 48 minutes to squeak out a win.

If Glenn comes out on top on Saturday afternoon, the Grizzlies will take on the winner of the adjacent area round match in Region IV as Kerrville Tivy takes on San Antonio-Southside later on Saturday.

Schoenfeld has been here before, even if the Glenn program can't say the same. 

As the offensive coordinator with Cedar Park, the head coach made several deep postseason runs and will instill that experience into the huddle going into Saturday. 

"You can't get too high or too low, you just gotta go about your business, and those are things I've learned over the years," Schoenfeld said. "We'll just have to minimize mistakes, and not let one bad thing into two or three. They're not going to be rattled or shaken, they're going to have their plays, it's just a matter of us being able to stop the bleeding and keep playing."

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