The next step in the development of the Glenn football program is learning how to prepare for success when they already have it.
The Grizzlies had a historic season last year, win the District 13-5A, DII title in their first full year as a varsity football program and going a couple rounds deep in the playoffs with a team that had been maturing together for three seasons.
"We are working really hard to make sure that last year was not a monumental thing because we expect that every year," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "We've got to embrace the fact that every week in high school football is its own animal. We started district play winning the first four games and then had a big come from behind win in our fourth game in our first real homecoming. Mentally we didn't handle the extreme high well (in the fifth game.)"
After beating four teams to start the district season, Glenn dropped a lopsided 20-7 game on the road against Marble Falls in the fourth game of the district season. They rebounded with a win against Brenham the following week to jump right back into the district diver's seat.
This season, Schoenfeld expects the district to be even tougher, with all eight teams figuring to be in the running for a playoff spot. There was only a two-game different between Glenn, the district champions, and Elgin, which finished in seventh last season.
"Rather than letting off the gas, we've been working harder than we did before," senior defensive end Kallon Guyton said. "We're a big target now and we have to work harder because we have big schools coming after us. You have to just keep on going."
The defensive is going to be an area with a little bit less experience for the Grizzlies because of the seven seniors that graduated. Three of them are playing college football and one was all-state linebacker Brian Creel
"We're going to have to have some young guys step up," Schoenfeld said. "Do we expect whoever plays the Mike linebacker position to be Brian Creel? Not right now. He's kind of a once in a lifetime player. It's just having the wisdom to know where we're going to be inexperienced and how to place them."
Dom Sullivan returns at corner after winning the Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Skylar Lee will join Guyton on the defensive line.
Alec Townsley returns after being named to the second team All district as a safety and is probably the fastest kid in the program, according to Schoenfeld.
"We've got some guys that played last year and played a ton," Schoenfeld said. "We have a good core to build off of, it's just that they're gonna have to step up their game at a level that they aren't used to. But that's part of the deal."
Offense figures to be a strong suit for the Grizzlies, as they have seven returning starters.
Glenn sees starting quarterback Drew McGuire, who passed for nearly 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns and starting running back Julian Morris, who led the team with 913 yards and nine touchdowns, return of their senior seasons.
Three of five linemen are back and the Grizzlies must replace Nate Hatter at tight end, who is now at the University of Texas and Sam Martin as a playmaking wide receiver.
"We're two or three deep at all the receiving positions," Schoenfeld said. "The strong suit of our offense is going to be the depth we have at some of the skill positions."
The Glenn non-district schedule includes starting the year at home against the Slot-T of Liberty Hill before traveling across town to take on Class 6A school and Austin ISD school McCallum. The district season begins on Sept. 26 at home against Elgin.
"It feels good that the first year we came in and showed the world what we were about," McGuire said. "I was a part of that and it was a fun thing to be a part of. I've seen more people support us more because now they know about us."