Beavers looking for momentum in Round 1 vs. Walnut Ridge
GLEN ROSE – The Glen Rose Beavers earned their second straight undefeated conference title last week, defeating Baptist Prep 34-14 after a sluggish start to the contest.
With the win, the Beavers take the No. 1 seed from the 4-3A as they begin their quest through the 3A playoffs Friday – beginning with Walnut Ridge in Round 1.
“They are big and they do have a very good quarterback/ running back combination back there,” said Head Coach Mark Kehner. “We have to do a little bit better job than we have been doing the past couple of weeks, defensively, stopping the run consistently.
“We feel good about our matchup. We just have to come in ready to play.”
Glen Rose has been a high seed the past several seasons, but has fallen victim to early-round losses the past two seasons, something Kehner and company hope changes in 2019.
“We lost the second round last year and the first round the year before,” Kehner said. “We have to address those issues and make sure we are cleaning our act up and coming in ready to play one week at a time.”
Senior quarterback Andrew Brewer leads Walnut Ridge, completing 91 of 181 passes for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also been picked off 13 times this year.
Junior running back Cole Manning holds down the rushing attack for Walnut Ridge, running for 1,403 yards and 15 scores thus far. He is also a threat to catch and score, totaling 444 receiving yards with seven more TDS.
While Kehner knows his team has to stop the run Friday, he said his offense has to be clicking as well.
“Our offensive line has to do a good job,” Kehner said. “(Wesley Launius) was a little off last week, but Ethan Taylor kind of picked it up for us. We have had some other guys step up and that is what we have to continue to do. Get some guys running and catch
ing the ball pretty consistently and take some of the pressure off Launius.”
Taylor trucked Baptist for 252 yards and three scores on 23 carries last week. On the year, he has run for 914 yards
and 12 scores, going over 100 yards in a game five times, all on 114 carries.
Week 10 was by far his best performance of the season to this point.
As for needing a win in the first round, Kehner said it would be big for his club.
“We need to get that one,” Kehner said. “But we need to play good football, too, not just
struggle through and get the win. I think we need to come out and play good, solid football, get the win and hopefully build off of that and get some momentum.”
Glen Rose will have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Beaver Stadium.
Glen Rose junior running back Ethan Taylor runs in a 34-14 victory over Baptist Prep last Friday in Glen Rose. Taylor had a monster game running for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the win as the Beavers will host Walnut Ridge in the first round of the 3A state playoffs Friday in Glen Rose.