GLEN ROSE: Beavers aim to avenge title game loss

Conference: 5-3A
Coach: Mark Kehner
’12 Record: 13-2 (7-0)

With a three-point lead and 1:11 remaining, Glen Rose had all but won the Class 3A state title last December.

However, with a strong offensive surge from 501 Football Team honoree Will Francis and his Harding Academy Wildcats, the trophy slipped out of the Beavers’ hands and left the team wanting revenge.

Senior Clay Holicer takes over at quarterback after Collin Hunter graduated this spring. Holicer’s dual-threat potential should serve the Beavers well in their spread scheme. Sturdy junior Carlos Burton received all-league honors last fall as a sophomore and could be one of the best running backs in Class 3A. Senior Austin Kehner provides additional legs for when teams key on Burton.

Senior Kyle Petersen serves as the team’s primary receiver and is joined by seniors Blake Nesbitt, Dillon Lequieu, Austin Ellis and Dakota Harris.

Defensively, Petersen led the team in tackles a year ago. All-state senior Zach Lankford provides great protection on the offensive line and has big hit potential on defense. With more experience under his belt, Burton should see more time in the secondary. Holicer and Lequieu stifle opposing offenses at linebacker.

Glen Rose appears primed for another deep playoff run, but the 5-3A conference title may not be a sure thing with rival Fountain Lake getting stronger in the offseason.

Sept. 6        at Malvern
Sept. 13    at Bauxite
Sept. 20    Mineral Springs
Sept. 27    Benton Harmony Grove
Oct. 4        at Jessieville
Oct. 11        at Bismarck
Oct. 18        Fountain Lake
Oct. 25        Centerpoint
Nov. 1        at Horatio
Nov. 7        Two Rivers