GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Tigers broke open a close contest and pulled away in the second half to defeat the Godley Wildcats, 41-24, in each team's District 5-4A Division II opener Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Glen Rose junior quarterback Hudson White led the charge for the home team as he racked up 284 yards of total offense and four rushing touchdowns on the night.
The Tigers got started quickly as a 34-yard run by White set up Tristen Black for a one-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead early for Glen Rose.
The teams traded punts before the Wildcats put together a solid drive, knotting the score with 3:03 left in the first quarter when sophomore running back Landon Thigpen scored on a five-yard run after he hauled in a 27-yard pass from senior quarterback Nicholas Buzalsky.
The Tigers responded quickly — as they did for most of the night. White broke loose again, this time from 38 yards out, as the Tigers regained the lead at 13-7 after the missed extra point.
The lead was short lived, however. On the Wildcats next possession, Thigpen notched his second rushing touchdown of the night as he cruised in from 35 yards out for a 14-13 advantage on the first play of the second quarter.
Godley had regained the momentum, and, after Logan Payne recovered a Tiger fumble at the Tiger 27 on the ensuing kickoff, it looked like the Wildcats were ready to pounce again.
Junior running back Ethan Kazouh had an eight-yard run on first down and the Wildcats found themselves inside the Tiger 10. But Glen Rose's defense came up with a big stop as Godley was forced to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Bryan Maldonado to give the Wildcats a 17-13 lead with 8:31 left in the half.
Godley's lead would be short lived, however, as Glen Rose responded swiftly. White hit Camden Raymond for 33 yards and followed it up with his second touchdown of the night from three yards out to give the Tigers a 20-17 halftime advantage.
The second half began with a three-and-out for the Wildcats. On fourth down, Glen Rose sprung through the line to block the Godley punt attempt. Black scored on a four-yard run on the next play to give the Tigers a 27-17 lead, and Glen Rose was off and running.
After Godley was forced to punt once again, the Tigers quickly pushed their lead to 34-17 on a three-yard run from White.
The Wildcats turned it over on downs at their own 48 as Buzalsky was stuffed in the backfield on an attempted quarterback sneak. And White made them pay instantly. He hit Ian Bailey for 24 yards, then raced down the home sidelines for his final rushing touchdown of the night, making it 41-17 with 7:18 left in the contest.
Godley added one more score in the final stanza when Buzalsky connected with Kole Allen for a 24-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 41-24.
Godley, which fell to 2-4 overall and starts 0-1 in district, is scheduled to host Ferris next week. Glen Rose (6-1, 1-0) will visit Hillsboro in week 8.