Drew McGuire didn't care about the odds.
The junior quarterback threw a go-ahead touchdown to Sam Martin on fourth down late in the fourth quarter Thursday night to rally Glenn past McCallum 30-26 and give the Grizzlies their first varsity win.
"We knew that call was a good one," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "Drew put it on the money, so the whole play was spot on."
McGuire finished 10 of 21 passing for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
A balanced, strong running game assisted McGuire in the winning effort, tacking on two touchdowns and 172 yards between primarily three backs, Khorin Thompson (18 carries, 90 yards), Lamont Slade (17 carries, 69 yards), and Julian Morris (15 carries, 67 yards).
"We distribute the ball around because all of those guys can play," said Schoenfeld. "It's good to have a situation where one guy doesn't have to run the ball 35 times a game, we can spread it around and that makes it tough to defend.
On the first possession of the game, Morris showed punched in a 1-yard touchdown to open the scoring. He ran for 17 yards and caught a 23-yard pass to set up the goal-line push.
Senior linebacker Brian Creel recovered a fumble and the Grizzlies’ offense took advantage as Jarvis Henderson took a 13-yard screen pass from McGuire to the end zone to double their lead early on.
McCallum got on the board as the first quarter ended when Cole Davis connected with Darius Lewis on a 6-yard touchdown pass. Davis ran it in from 17 yards out in the second quarter to level the score at the break.
Davis cashed in on a long second-half kick return from the Knight and scored on the second play of the drive with a rushing touchdown, his second of the night, to give McCallum its first lead of the game at 20-14.
Glenn would answer on a 17-play, 84-yard drive later in the third that culminated in Morris' second rushing score of the night, but the Knights immediately responded with a 25-yard touchdown to regain the lead.
McCallum gave up a safety in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to three points before McGuire and Martin connected on the ensuing drive.
"We had that same play in the first half but missed it,” Schoenfeld said. “We knew everything was going to be clean, and our routes were the same, but it was a different look from the defense and the one who we thought would get open, got open."
McCallum drove into the Grizzlies’ red zone needing a touchdown, but the Glenn defense held and forced the Knights to turn the ball over on downs.
"(The defense) made clutch plays all night long," Schoenfeld said. "To step up and get a stop right there, and being able to cancel out what had happened before, looked like a big step toward maturity on that drive.
The Grizzlies have a bye next Friday night before they hit the road to open district play against Elgin on Sept. 28.
"The important thing to me is not the first win, but how we played against a very good team that is very well-coached," said Schoenfeld. "It's a huge deal in terms of making progress and taking steps to where we want to go. It's a proud moment for us.”
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