Liberty Hill's unique 'Slot-T' offense was too much to handle for Glenn, as the Grizzlies lost 41-13 to the Panthers in their season-opening contest at Bible Stadium on Friday night.
Glenn's defense allowed the visiting Panthers, who advanced to the state championship game in Class 4A, Division I last December to rush for 425 yards and five touchdowns in the defeat, their second to Liberty Hill in the last two seasons.
"We don't choose to play Liberty Hill because it is easy," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "We do so because it is extremely difficult. They are a championship-level program and they show you what you can do if you do it right."
Glenn senior quarterback Drew McGuire paced Glenn with 127 yards on 11-of-24 passing with a touchdown, adding 11 yards on eight rushes. Senior running back Julian Morris led the way on the ground with 14 yards on six carries.
The Grizzlies started the 2018 season 0-2 but went on to win a share of the 13-5A, Division II title.
"We flat out did not play nearly good enough to have a shot," Schoenfeld said. "They have so many pieces to keep you off balance."
Liberty Hill struck first when running back Blake Simpson took a handoff on a fourth-and-short play and found the endzone for a 25-yard rushing score. The Panthers scored on an interception return on the ensuing Glenn drive.
"That [play] just turned the tide completely against us," Schoenfeld said. "Playing Liberty Hill is a war of attrition, and that certainly gave them a lot of momentum. We just didn't execute on that play."
The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter. Following a Liberty hill score, McGuire nailed receiver Jarvis Henderson with a 10-yard strike for Glenn's first touchdown of the season.
Glenn backup quarterback Noah Reichold hit Henderson with a screen pass for an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Panthers added two rushing touchdowns in the fourth, both from four yards out.
"They represent something that, in competition, our coaches, our young men, our families and our community can aspire to," Schoenfeld said. "It's important to see what that looks like."
Glenn will try to bounce back next Friday when it faces McNeil at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex.
"Every week is its own unique animal," said Schoenfeld. "I hope we can learn from our early loss like we did last year and push forward."
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