McNeil downs Glenn in weather-shortened game

Mavericks quarterback Zane Kampfer passed for 223 yard and two touchdowns in the just over one half of football


Weather cut the first UIL home game in Glenn history short Friday night.

The Grizzlies trailed McNeil 25-14 with just over eight minutes left in the third quarter when the game was delayed and eventually canceled due to lightning in the area. The rest of the game will not be made up.

"The goal going into the game was to be the more physical team," Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld said. "We were pretty physical up front. They posed some matchup problems with some really good skill players. Our receivers and backs did a good job of blocking and running hard after contact."

The McNeil offense was purring as quarterback Zane Kampfer completed 18 of 23 passes for 223 yards a pair of touchdowns while running back Winston Hutchison rushed for 84 yards and two scores.

Mavericks' receiver Jordan Kerley caught 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

For Glenn, running back Julian Morris had 65 rushing yards, Lamont Slade added 14 yards and a score, while Khroin Thomson had 29 yards receiving and 19 yards rushing. Tight end Nate Hatter caught a touchdown.

Grizzlies quarterback Drew McGuire finished 11 of 15 for 92 yards and a touchdown.

"Drew continues to be a really quiet competitor," Schoenfeld said. "He's not flamboyant or over the top, he's just sneaky competitive. He's a very steady hand and I'm glad to have him."

Glenn falls to 0-2 on the year after losing to Liberty Hill in the first game of the season, while McNeil pulls back to 1-1 after a season-opening loss at Del Valle.

McNeil opened the scoring with an 11-play drive, capped off with a 5-yard run by Hutchinson. Glenn answered back and took the lead with a 6-yard touchdown pass from McGuire to Hatter on the next drive.

The Kampfer to Kerley connection worked for the Mavericks on the first two drives of the second quarter as the two seniors connected on 45 and 4-yard touchdown passes to give McNeil an 18-7 lead.

Glenn responded with a 10-play, 60-yard drive finished off by a 1-yard plunge by Lamont Slade.

But the Mavericks scored just before halftime when Hutchinson found the end zone for the second time with 14 seconds left to extend the lead to 25-14 at the break.

"You go into this game and they have so many good receivers and a good throwing quarterback," Schoenfeld said. "We wanted to force them into the run game and see if they could beat us with that. They did a good job at that, and so did we."

The Mavericks went more than 50 yards down the field on the first drive of the second half, but the Grizzlies stopped them on fourth down.

Before Glenn could run a play on the ensuing drive, the lighting siren went off.

"This is a bad break because we had just stopped them on fourth down," Schoenfeld said. "It would've been nice to get a look at the adjustments we made at halftime and see if we going to execute or not."

Glenn hosts Austin McCallum Thursday night at 7 p.m. Gupton Stadium in its final non-district game. McNeil opens District 13-6A play next week, hosting Vista Ridge on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Dragon Stadium.

"We always talk about controlling what you can control," Schoenfeld said. "There's nothing we could do to stop this deal tonight. Even though we're young and the learning curve is steep, it's a mature team. Tomorrow, they're going to be ready to focus on next week."

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