The Glenbrook Apaches need a win Friday night against long-time rival Claiborne Academy to extend their season with a playoff spot.
The Apaches got just that as they defeated the Rebels, 32-12, and in doing so the Apaches used a rarely used weapon...their defense.
The Apaches defense played well all night forcing eight Rebel punts and getting three key take aways leading to the win.
"We played well and we finally played some defense," Glenbrook head coach Greg Tibbitt said. "There's no time like the last game of the season to learn how to play defense."
The Apaches defense slowed the Rebels' running game and led by defensive end Caleb Wilson, they harassed the C.A. quarterback as they shut down the passing game.
"Caleb had an unbelievable game," Tibbitt said. "He must have had about seven sacks. Caleb's 140 pounds so he's not your typical high school defensive end, but he doesn't know he's not 6'1" 245. We also had some others step up on defense. I'm real proud of them all."
In praising the defense, that's not saying the offense didn't do their part. The Apaches' offense rolled up 32 points and looked unstoppable at times.
Quarterback Regan Edwards and receiver Maurice Moore hooked up for four long touchdown passes.
"They both played great, as did Willie Thompson," Tibbitt said. "Mo had a big game for us and kind of took over the ball game."
Moore had touchdown catches of 64, 45, 40 and 31 yards.
Things started quickly for the Apaches, as they scored just four plays into the game when Edwards and Moore hooked up for a 64-yard touchdown down the visitors' sideline.
Later in the first quarter they hooked up again for a 45-yard score.
Leading 12-6 late in the first half, the two hooked up again, as Edwards hit Moore in the right flat on a screen pass. Moore then broke about five tackles before sprinting the rest of the way for a 31-yard touchdown.
Thompson improved the Glenbrook lead to 24-6 in the fourth quarter as he scored on a 22-yard run up the middle. The touchdown was set up by a 25-yard punt return by Jacob White. White also had two other big punt returns (one a 52-yarder) and an interception in the game.
Moore and Edwards connected on another screen pass in the fourth, and Moore turned that into a 40-yard touchdown. Claiborne was driving late in the game, but Sutton Jones intercepted a pass to make the final score, 32-12.
Edwards went 16 of 36 passing for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Moore had five catches for 208 yards and four scores and Jalen Patterson caught four for 68 yards.
The Apaches will now move on to the first round of the MAIS Class A playoffs and will head to Decator, Mississippi to take on Newton Academy.