The Glenbrook Apache football team is a week and a half into their spring practice, and head coach Ryan Porter has already called it a success.
"I'm very pleased with what we've done this spring," he said. "We've got a good nucleus coming back, I think we have five returning starters on offense and four on defense, and they have all looked good."
The Apaches will dress 19 or 20 players this spring, so Porter will need to see how some of his younger players perform on the bigger stage.
"The younger guys have really stepped up," he said. "They've really picked up the system and stepped in line. Their effort and attitude, and that of the whole team, has been extremely good. I've been really pleased with the guys."
The Apaches will close out their spring with a spring game with River Oaks. The game will be played Saturday at noon at River Oaks Academy in Monroe.
"We're going to have a controlled scrimmage," Porter said. "We'll go 12 plays on offense and then they will go 12 plays on offense, we plan to stay out there 2 1/2 hours or until everybody gets tired."
Porter said his team will just use their basic stuff and not try to get too fancy. He's just looking for a lot of reps and to leave the scrimmage healthy.
"The goal is to get everybody as many reps as we can," he said. "We want to see what exactly our strengths and weaknesses are, and what we need to work on. Going up against a team like River Oaks is a great opportunity, because they are a very powerful team. As long as we stay healthy, I think we will have a successful year next year."