HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

With momentum on its side, district-leading Glenn hosts East View

The Grizzlies are ranked No. 10 in the coaches' poll after winning four games in a row

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Glenn and head coach Rob Schoenfeld have picked up some momentum. 

The Grizzlies have won four straight games and are unbeaten in District 13-5A Division II as they prepare to take on East View on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bible Stadium.

"The biggest effect of positive momentum has a lot to do with our mindset about ourselves as we prepare for the week," Schoenfeld said. "There's a big difference between coming to practice in the morning if you've won, versus lost, the week before."

Glenn's victory last week, a commanding 34-10 win over Cedar Creek, put them in the driver's seat of the district title. The Grizzlies are the sole undefeated team in the district entering week eight play.

East View to Leander with a 3-3 overall record and a 2-1 mark in district competition, having defeated Bastrop last week.

Quarterback Drew McGuire has been exceptional as of late as the focal point of an offense that has outscored opponents 132-45 since the start of the district schedule. McGuire completed 16-o- 27 passes for 232 yards and two scores in last week's victory.

With varying, possibly heavy rain in the forecast for Friday night, normally coaches would be scrambling for ways to succeed on offense without a fully-active passing game. 

For Schoenfeld and McGuire, it's all about the practice.

"We've practiced in [the rain] pretty often over the last two weeks, so we're somewhat used to it," Schoenfeld said. "We throw and catch wet footballs all the time in practice by design and by necessity. That's really all there is to it."

If the air game does falter, the powerful running backs of the Grizzlies can provide auxiliary support, having picked up 167 yards on 34 carries between five players last week. The ground game will lean heavily on senior Lamont Slade (70 carries, 391 yards, seven touchdowns this season) and leading rusher Julian Morris (61 carries, 438 yards, four touchdowns) for success on Friday.

Glenn travels to face Marble Falls on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. before returning to Bible Stadium for their final home game of the season on  Nov. 2 against Brenham.

East View boasts a potent offense both through the air and on the ground. Though quarterback Jackson Coulson has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns, the biggest task for Glenn will be trying to stop Zion Hester and the Patriots rushing game.

"They've got some really explosive players on offense," Schoenfeld said, "But a lot of the preparation is just to do your job. You can't think that, because there's a standout player in the backfield, that each individual needs to do something superhuman."

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