This time last year, Glen Rose quarterback Collin Hunter had one of the best running backs in the state behind him with Steven Kehner. Having that ‘safety blanket’ in the backfield gave Hunter a year to mature and become a leader for the Glen Rose Beavers without the added pressure of being a starting quarterback.
Friday night, it seemed to pay off as Hunter led the Glen Rose Beavers to a 35-0 win over undefeated Jessieville on the road.
“He is growing up every week,” coach Mark Kehner said. “This was probably his first big game with the pressure on him to make plays and lead us.”
On the first possession for Glen Rose, Hunter fumbled the ball on a quarterback sneak to give Jessieville the ball. But after a goal line stand by the Beaver defense, Hunter led Glen Rose on a 96-yard drive to give Glen Rose a 6-0 lead.
“He didn’t start out great but to settle in like he did,” Kehner said. “He is maturing and growing up as a quarterback.
“He is becoming a great leader for our team.”
Hunter finished the game with eight carries for 47 yards. He was also 8 for 14 for 186 yards with a touchdown.
Glen Rose had 245 total yards of offense in the first half while Jessieville had just 65 yards. Hunter completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Bredensteiner right before the half to give Glen Rose a 21-0 lead.
A very uncharacteristic play that took the wind out of Jessieville’s sail right before half.
“We don’t have many big plays but some how we snuck one by them,” Kehner said Friday night after the game.
The Glen Rose Beavers won a state championship in 2007, but since that time have had a different quarterback every year. This season marks the first time in four years the Beavers have a quarterback with a little seasoning.
Hunter earned all-conference honors in 2010 after completing 93 of 182 attempts for 1,658 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also ran for 437 yards with eight touchdowns on 87 attempts.