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Glenn staying focused against improved Weiss team

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Glenn and head coach Rob Schoenfeld have not forgotten their underdog run to a district title last season, but they refuse to let it blur out this year's quest.

Fresh off a critical win in the team's District 13-5A D II opener last Thursday, the Grizzlies return to action when they visit Weiss at The Pfield in Pflugerville on Friday night. The game is set for a 7 p.m. start time.

"Last year is over, it's gone. All it can be at this point is a benchmark for what we are capable of when we all come together," Schoenfeld said. "Every year, and really, every week within the year is its own animal. You're fooling yourself if you prepare any differently."

The Grizzlies enter the game at 2-2 with a 1-0 record in District 13-5A D II play. Weiss comes into the matchup at 3-1 with a matching 1-0 record atop the district standings. Glenn took home the win in last year's contest between the two programs, handily defeating the Wolves 36-6 in Leander.

Following a non-district win at McCallum, Glenn edged Elgin in their district opener last week, winning 21-16 thanks to a second-half surge from Shamir Nichols and the Grizzlies' running game.

Nichols and the running game will be a pivotal factor in any kind of success the Grizzlies have against Weiss on Friday, with Julian Morris (17 carries, 73 yards last week) and Rondrick Stubblefield (15 carries, 119 yards) also featuring out of the backfield.

"Football can still be a simple game, even with the spread offenses and RPOs we have now," Schoenfeld. "It all boils down to being able to run the football, and I'm a firm believer of that."

Senior quarterback Drew McGuire looks to make an impact over the air. With the running game coming along, McGuire (510 yards, four touchdowns through four games) and his receivers will have some openings along the ends.

The Glenn defense will have to keep its eyes on Weiss quarterback Jackson Sandlin and wide receiver/running back Tavian Cord to lock up the Wolves offense. The pair have been the driving forces of the Weiss turn-around after their winless 2018 season.

"Our guys have known ever since last year that there are good players and good coaches and Weiss," Schoenfeld said. "They didn't have any seniors last year, playing a varsity schedule. This year, they're a year older and a lot better. So, our guys and our coaches are not taking them lightly at all."

Glenn returns home to Bible Stadium in Leander for homecoming night against Cedar Creek on Oct. 11. Glenn is hoping to bring a 2-0 district record back home ahead of next weekend's match.

"It's the real deal now. Every week, you're playing a team that is really good, and everyone is well-coached," Schoenfeld said. "You just have to take it one week at a time and focus solely on the game ahead of you, and put yourself one step closer to the playoffs."

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