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Holland’s 3 TD passes pace Glenn past rival Leander

Butch Hart
American-Statesman Correspondent
Glenn head coach Rob Schoenfeld led the Grizzles to a 31-27 season-opening win versus Leander Friday.

Tony Holland fired three touchdown passes including two in the first quarter to lead Glenn past host Leander 31-27 in the season-opening game featuring a mask wearing, social distancing crowd of fewer than 2,000 at A.C. Bible Jr. Stadium in Leander.

Holland tossed a 45-yard scoring pass to Chance Taylor on the first Grizzly possession, then following a 1-yard touchdown run by Noah Reichold, Holland connected on a 31-yard scoring pass to Jaidyn Simpson that staked the Griz to a 21-0 first quarter lead. Holland finished with 182 yards passing while completing 11 of 16 attempts.

Glenn added a 21-yard Fernando Rosas field goal in the second quarter, but Leander answered with a 3-yard touchdown run by Ray Egelsee and an 18-yard scoring pass play from Garrett Landry to Aiden Perrott to send the Lions into the halftime trailing 24-14.

After a scoreless third quarter, Leander found the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter when Aiden Perrott raced 21 yards around left end and Ty Hill’s third conversion of the night closed the Glenn lead to 24-21.

The teams traded scores as Glenn responded on Holland’s third scoring pass of the game, a 17-yard strike to Noah Reichold. Next play from scrimmage, Leander’s Ray Egelsee raced 64 yards to a Leander touchdown to cut the Grizzly lead to 31-27 when the conversion kick bounced off the upright.

Chance Taylor led with Grizzlies with 86 receiving yards on three catches while Simpson had five grabs for 70 yards. Landry completed 10 of 20 passes for 124 yards for the Lions. Perrott had five catches for 68 yards for Leander.