Glencoe's 'best' is too much for Beaverton, 50-49
Royce Fasel has been a starter for Glencoe since his freshman year. He's played linebacker, running back, on special teams, and this season at quarterback.
But while Fasel is a good player across the board, he was great against Beaverton, and no one knows just how great more than Crimson Tide head coach Ian Reynoso.
"He's the best football player I've ever coached," Reynoso said. "It's more than just his athleticism — it's his will to win. He is literally a once-in-a-lifetime kid that we're just trying to make sure we do right by."
Fasel did little wrong against the Metro League's Beavers, rushing for 299 yards, throwing for 179, and accounting for all seven of Glencoe's touchdowns in a 50-49 win Friday night, Sept. 17, at Beaverton High School.
Trailing by 15 with six minutes remaining, Fasel hit Lucas Anthony for a 5-yard touchdown pass and converted the 2-point conversion to pull within seven with 1:54 left on the clock.
Glencoe recovered an onside kick, then won the game when — following a Fasel 3-yard scoring run — Zack Schlottmann hauled in a slant for the winning 2-point conversion with 14 seconds to go.
The win was big for a lot of reasons, but none bigger than to squash the narrative that Glencoe couldn't compete with the Metro League.
"A few years ago people thought we couldn't compete with the Beaverton schools, so we wanted to come in here and give them our best," Fasel said. "We really want to set a standard here, and I think this can help do that for the next group of Glencoe football players."
For much of the night, the game was less about the Tide and more about the seemingly unstoppable Beaverton passing attack.
Beavers quarterback Hunter Borter completed 23 of 28 pass attempts for 350 yards and five touchdowns, four of which went to senior receivers Kyron Albright and Cristian Gonzalez. The two receivers wreaked havoc on the Glencoe defense, repeatedly torching the Tide en route to a combined 239 yards on 15 catches.
Reynoso acknowledged that his squad lacked an answer for much of the night. He said he and his staff had some work to do after watching the game film.
"Kudos to their athletes and their coaches — they schemed phenomenally," the Glencoe coach said. "They repeatedly made adjustments and exposed us. … It was a very difficult game for us, and one I'm hopefully going to learn a lot from as an offensive coordinator. But we made some stops, thankfully."
Beaverton was poised to blow the game open early in the third quarter. After the two teams went to halftime tied 14-14, Borter connected with Albright on a 63-yard fade up the left sideline to put the Beavers ahead 21-14 just 47 seconds into the second half.
Beaverton then perfectly executed a squib kick — which the Beavers recovered — and three plays later, the home team led 28-14 after Jay Keuter ran 4 yards to paydirt with 10:28 remaining on the third-quarter clock.
Glencoe, however, stayed the course, driving 60 yards in just three plays and swapping touchdowns with the Beavers on the teams' following five possessions, the last of which — after a successful Tide 2-point conversion attempt — pulled Glencoe within 49-42 with 1:54 remaining in regulation.
Sophomore Daniel Shaw then recovered the Tide's onside kick attempt, setting up what would be the game-winning drive, capped by Schlottman's 2-point-winning catch.
The senior tight end, whom Reynoso calls the best in the state, caught eight balls for 113 yards. He was originally slated to be blocking on the original 2-point play call. A false start penalty changed that, however, forcing Glencoe to the air in order to win the game — something Fasel had little doubt would work.
"We don't run many passes, but I trust my coaches and my coaches trust me," the Glencoe quarterback said. "Zack has great hands, and there was no doubt he'd make that catch."
Reynoso reiterated that trust in his team and specifically Fasel, citing the senior's commitment and leadership. In the end, though, the coach was proud of the whole team for believing and working through what were adverse times.
"He (Fasel) and I said four years ago, we need to get this thing going, and he committed to that and has been working ever day of his life since," Reynoso said. "We've been teaching our kids that you have to buy in, you have to work and you have to be a team. Some doubt came in tonight, but they ended up fighting through it and believed, and in the end, they were able to make it happen."
Glencoe hosts Reynolds at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Hare Field in Hillsboro.
Beaverton next hosts crosstown Southridge at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Beaverton High School.
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