At first glance, this year’s version of McCallum is very different from the one that made it to the state semifinals last year. The Knights have a new coach and a host of new players on the roster.
Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld sees things differently.
“You can’t underestimate a team that played in December,” he said. “One of the great benefits from playing at that level is that everybody in that program is a playoff team. They’ve got plenty of returners and you can tell that those guys have a winning attitude.”
The Grizzlies host the Knights Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Gupton Stadium in their last non-district game. McCallum is undefeated after late rallies against Anderson and Lehman, while Glenn has dropped two straight games to Liberty Hill and McNeil.
Glenn showed flashes in its game against the Mavericks last Thursday before it was canceled early in the second half due to lightning in the area. The Grizzlies had just stopped McNeil on fourth down when the lightning siren went off.
“I was really happy with how we finished a couple drives,” Schoenfeld said. “It’s still a learning process that we can’t wait until the third drive to get things underway. That’s what good teams do.”
Junior quarterback Drew McGuire completed 11 of 15 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in the game, Nate Hatter Caught a touchdown and running back Lamont Slade rushed for a score in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies shared the ball as they had five different receivers and five rushers in the game.
“We’ve got a group of skill players, all of which can do good things with the football in their hands,” Schoenfeld said. “We’ve become hopefully a little more difficult to defend against because we do use the whole field and use all our offensive weapons. We think all those guys do a good job.
McCallum has proven this season that it doesn’t give up easily.
The Knights scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to be Anderson in the Taco Shack Bowl the first game of the season. They then scored 13 points in the final period to break a tie and pull away from Lehman last week.
Schoenfeld said he purposefully scheduled three difficult teams in non-district play to give the young Grizzlies opportunities to win and get ready for a difficult district, which begins next Friday at Elgin.
“It’s going to be a big challenge and we know district schedule is going to be tough no matter what happens Thursday,” Schoenfeld said. “We just keep on plugging and really understand the advantage of playing teams of that caliber and what we have to gain and learn just by being out there.”
Weiss at Rouse
Bible Stadium, Leander
Thursday, 7 p.m.
The Raiders started the season strong, beating fellow Leander ISD school Vista Ridge. They followed that up with a loss to Anderson in which the Trojans scored in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good. The Raiders rushed for 189 yards, led by Mylan Mitchell with 97 yards and Tavian Tate with 68 yards and a touchdown, while Ethan Moore passed for 115 yards and a touchdown and ran for 24 yards and one score. Weiss, in its first UIL season, is still looking for its first touchdown of the year, losing to Leander 23-3 and Canyon Lake 20-3 to start the season.