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Panthers ready for first Conroe ISD district matchup against The Woodlands

September 24, 2018

In Klein Oak head coach Jason Glenn’s first season, the Panthers went 7-4 overall and 6-1 in District 15-6A.

The athletes embraced Glenn’s all-in culture and now the expectations are high.

In Week 4, Klein Oak beat Conroe 42-29 to improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in district. The weeks ago, the Panther defense shutout Klein for three quarters as they won 26-12.

“We’re going to take this game put it in our mouth, chew it, shallow it and then we’re going on,” Glenn said.

In Week 5, Klein Oak will take on The Woodlands and running back Bryeton Gilford in the first matchup against a Conroe ISD school.

“I think it gives us a chance to be playoff ready,” Glenn said. “I think the kids are going to love it and the competition early will help us out.”

The game is set for next Friday, 7 p.m., at Woodforest Bank Stadium.

The Highlanders, No. 8 in the Chronicle’s preseason Class 6A media poll, were looking start the year with a bang against Cy-Fair in Week 1.

The Bobcats used their strong defense to claim a 27-7 win. Gilford scored on a 3-yard run in fourth quarter.

“We didn’t execute very well offensively,” The Woodlands coach Jim Rapp said. “They made it really tough to put points on the board and to sustain drives, they do a wonderful job with that.”

Heading into the showdown against the Panthers, the Highlanders have a chance to attain a winning record after defeating College Park 24-17 last Friday to move to 2-0 in district.

“It starts up front, I’m proud of those guys,” Rapp said.

Gilford had 165 rushing yards on 29 carries and scored the game-winner with :19 left.

“Bryeton’s a workhorse, I couldn’t be any prouder,” Rapp said.

In |Week 2, the Highlanders fell to Lamar 31-24 in a close game. They bounced back the following week by beating Oak Ridge 52-0.

Rapp and the squad will have to look out for players like quarterback Montrell Bolton, wide receiver Tyler Hudson, wide receiver/cornerback C.J. Watson, running back Kendal Taylor, Dorian Manuel, and offensive linemen Klevin Scott, Jon Scalli, Blaine Birner and Will Kingo.

“The coaches have put Montrell in some winning situations, I’m happy,” Glenn said.

On defense there’s defensive lineman Gerald Irons, Max Edwards, linebackers Colbie Habermacher, A.J. Roberts, Relon Jones, safety Austin Parow and cornerback Keon Jones and Dominic Morris.

“Coach Darrick Vaughn has done an outstanding job of calling the defense,” Glenn said. “We’ve been together since high school so I know him very well.”

alvaro.montano@chron.com

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