Rob Schoenfeld has never experienced anything in his 25 years of coaching like he did Friday night.
Glenn beat perennial playoff team Brenham 21-7 to clinch the top spot in District 13-5A Division II and at least a share of the district title in its first full varsity season. The Grizzlies are the first first-year program in the Austin area make the playoffs in their inaugural season.
"I can't say enough about our kids and how they've bought in," Schoenfeld said. "Believing what we as coaches told them what could happen if they put in the effort. They worked and they didn't waiver and the result right is what it because of that."
Friday night, the Glenn ground game was a force to be reckoned with, as six players combined to rush for 306 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Julian Morris led the group with 23 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown while senior Lamont Slade chipped in with 60 yards and a touchdown and Shamir Nichols had 58 rushing yards on the ground and 28 receiving yards. Rondrick Stubblefield had 59 yards on six carries.
Quarterback Drew McGuire was 8-of-19 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown while Jarvis Henderson caught three passes for 27 yards and a score.
Glenn rebounded from its first loss of the district season last week when the Grizzlies lost 20-7 on the road to previously winless Marble Falls.
"One of our mottos is ‘Play for each other,' and after last week, that was pretty important," Schoenfeld said. "I thought like we played great team defense and swarmed to the football. We just kept on chopping and came out with it."
Slade finished off a bruising 13-play, 64-yard opening drive in which the Grizzlies ran the ball 12 times with a 2-yard touchdown. Morris doubled the lead on the next drive when he got a couple blocks and scored from 35 yards out.
"We were the more physical team on both sides of the ball," Schoenfeld said. "We had started slow the last two games, and after the way we started district, that was frustrating. We wanted to start fast. They believed it and came out and executed it."
Brenham took advantage of an unsportsmanlike penalty on Glenn on 4th down and scored on a 5-yard run just before the half.
But the song Grizzlies defense that had forced 3-and-outs on two of the first three drives took over in the second half and McGuire connected with Jarvis Henderson on a 17-yard touchdown with under a minute in the third quarter.
Glenn senior Sam Martin came down with a game-clinching interception with three minutes left in the game.
"We knew going in that we were going to have to play our best game," Schoenfeld said. "The defense really stepped up and the offensive line did a great job opening holes for the backs. We did a phenomenal job."
The Grizzlies finish the regular season on the road against Bastrop next Friday night at 7:30 p.m. before gearing up for the first playoff football game in school history.
"I love what I do and I love the people that I have the great fortune to do it with," Schoenfeld said. "It's just awesome experience."