CEDAR CREEK - Rob Schoenfeld was prouder of his Glenn team in Saturday's defeat than in any victory.
The Grizzlies' historic season came to a close in the area round by virtue of a 45-27 loss to Port Lavaca Calhoun on Saturday afternoon in the Class 5A, Division II Area Round.
"Not even winning a state championship this year would make me prouder of these kids than I am right now in defeat because they have just done everything we have asked them to do," Schoenfeld said. "No matter what the result is, I couldn't be prouder of these guys."
Glenn, which finished as the top seed in District 13-5A, Division II in the regular season, ended the season with a 7-5 record. The Grizzlies were the first team in Austin-area high school football history to qualify for the state postseason in a program's inaugural year.
"All these coaches and all these kids went into this year with nothing but blind faith," Schoenfeld said. "And they proved to themselves that faith and hard work is a pretty good combination.
Quarterback Drew McGuire went 18-for-26 for 254 yards, a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown while Julian Morris led all rushers with 53 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Glenn looked to be in winning form in the first quarter, as the Grizzly defense forced a turnover on downs and a fumble on Calhoun's first two offensive drives.
The offense capitalized when Sam Martin's 65-yard punt return set up a quick touchdown from Morris.
From there, the Glenn offense went cold while their counterparts warmed up. The Sandcrabs scored 21 unanswered poitns in the second quater.
Calhoun grossed over 200 yards in the second quarter alone as part of over 538 yards of offense for the game despite throwing only three passes.
"That's a perennial playoff team that runs an offense that is hard to defend, and they run it perfectly," Schoenfeld says. "They've been doing it for a long time and they do it so well."
After Calhoun tallied another touchdown on a 51-yard passing strike, Glenn started to mount a comeback.
Martin got the Grizzlies back within two scores with a ridiculous one-handed catch along the right sideline as part of a 32-yard connection with McGuire. And McGuire scramlbed for a 13-yard score after a Sandcrabs turnover.
Calhoun would not stay cold for long, scoring two more times before Morris found the end zone for the second time early in the fourth quarter.
"These kids made history, and they laid a groundwork for everyone who comes after them in this program, and nothing is more impressive," Schoenfeld said. "They taught the future Grizzlies that with dedication and purpose, good things are not only possible, but likely."
Glenn and Calhoun joined forces at midfield for a group huddle post-game. In the scrum, Schoenfeld noted that not only did the Glenn program meet its expectations, it wildly exceeded them.
"People told me it was going to be five years, maybe eight years, until we were able to do what we did this year," Schoenfeld said. "But I didn't believe that, and our community didn't believe that, and our kids didn't believe that. I can't be more proud of what they accomplished together."
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