VENUS – With what can only be described as a ferociously-played first half of Friday night’s football game, the Glen Rose Tigers emerged victorious against the Venus Bulldogs, scoring 44 to 32 in their first District 4-4A, Division II, match.

As of the first half, it seemed there was no stopping the Tigers. Going into halftime, they commanded a 38 to 0 lead.

But the Venus Bulldogs came back after halftime with some surprises – grabbing their first touchdown as late as the third quarter and going on to score again and again.

However, despite the formidable gumption showed by the opposition, the Glen Rose Tigers had built up an insurmountable lead.

And that is what won the day.

Head coach Cliff Watkins said there are some strong lessons to be learned from Friday's game.

“We started the way we wanted to start – we came out fast with a lot of energy,” Coach Watkins said after the game. “Everybody fed off that and it started out great. But I guess we lost our focus at the half. We came out and didn’t finish.”

Coach Watkins said it is paramount that the Tigers learn to stay vigilant during second halves.

“But it’s like I told them – we’ll fix that," he said. "We’ll learn from our mistakes. We’’ll learn to build on the first half. The most important thing is we are now 1 and 0 in District.”

A more detailed breakdown of Friday's game will be available Thursday in the next edition of The Glen Rose Reporter.