HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Glenn not treating first UIL season any differently

The Grizzles played two seasons against a mix of junior varsity and varsity teams

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Rob Schoenfeld and Glenn aren't approaching this season any differently than the last two. Except, of course, the added motivation of making the playoffs for the first time in the football program's young history.

The Grizzlies kick off their first-ever UIL-sanctioned district against Liberty Hill on Aug. 31 after spending the last two seasons with hodgepodge schedules of JV teams, private schools and the occasional variety squad that had an open date.

"The kids and the coaching staff have done a good job of treating this whole experience like it was a full-blown variety program, Schoenfeld said. "Nothing is different. They don't have to make any mental or procedural transitions. We're in the mix with everybody else and we've got to accept that."

Drew McGuire will be the starting quarterback after splitting time at the position the last two years. Schoenfeld called him a "sneaky competitive" player who rises to the occasion when called upon most.

"I'm not the loudest out here, but I'm really competitive," McGuire said. "People probably think we're a new school and we need a couple years to get better, but I think we're ready now. That's why this year is a big year."

Khorin Thompson split time at quarterback the last two years, but will be moving all around the field on the offensive side of the ball for the Grizzlies and might even have some plays where he hikes the ball in a wildcat formation.

They boast a three-headed monster in the backfield consisting of Lamont Slade, Julian Morris and Clay Upton. Sam Martin and Jarvis Henderson, to Glenn basketball standouts, will be on the perimeter.

Along the offensive line, the Grizzlies aren't the biggest with Trent Brown, Thomas Hardin and Jacob Trim, but the group is mobile.

The defense is headed up by linebackers Lee Pollock and Brian Creel and expectations are high for safety Noah Holmes.

Glenn gets the season kicked off on Aug. 31 on the road against Liberty Hill with the first home game coming Sept. 7 against McNeil at Gupton Stadium. The district slate begins on Sept. 28 at Elgin.

"We had a really good spring and added some things conceptually that we needed to have as we go into a full-blown varsity situation," Schoenfeld said. "One thing I know about our kids they do a good job of controlling the things they know they can. I'm happy with the pace and the speed that we're playing at."

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