The Glenbrook Apaches kicked-off their 2011 season with a 26-14 win over Riverdale on Friday. A win is a win, but Apache head coach Ryan Porter wasn't completely happy with his team's win.
"I thought it was a very sloppy game overall," he said. "We definitely did not play at the same level as we did in the jamboree. We didn't play our best football. I told the kids that a bad win is better than a good loss. It's a lot easier to build for week two coming off a win, but we have a lot of things to improve on."
With their inconsistent play, the Apaches had to rely on big plays if they were to pull out the win, fortunately they got enough of those to win.
After the Apache defense forced a punt on the first Riverdale possession, the Apaches took over on their own 24-yard line.
Quarterback Cayden Maloney, starting for an injured Connor Clark, led the Apaches 76-yards in nine plays for the game's first score. The touchdown came on an option play where Maloney read the defense and pitched the ball to Noah Woodard who raced 24-yards around right end for the touchdown. Maloney then hit Logan Clark for the two-point conversion to give Glenbrook an 8-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Riverdale struck back with a touchdown of their own to cut the lead to 8-6. But then Glenbrook
unleased their first big play. Apache kick returner Quincy Hick gathered in the kickoff at his own 15-yard line and turned up field. Hicks got a nice block from Connor Copeland and then cut up field and raced 85-yards for the touchdown. The two-point try failed, but Glenbrook now led 14-6.
On the following possession, Riverdale faced a third and seven from their 34-yard line. The Riverdale quarterback dropped back and fired a pass in the direction of Apache freshman defensive back Logan Clark, who made a diving interception to set up the Apaches on their own 46-yard line. On the very next play, Clark turned in his second big play in a row as he hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Maloney. The two-point play failed, but the Apaches led 20-6 and held that lead into the half.
Neither team was able to score in the third quarter, Riverdale scored their second touchdown of the game with just 4:34 left in the game to cut the lead to 20-14.
After the kickoff, a visibly tired Glenbrook team looked in danger of holding their lead. It looked even worse for the home team as Maloney was injured on a carry and had to leave the game. Maloney was hurt on an obvious late hit that was not called, but holding against Glenbrook was called and the Apaches were facing a second and 14 from their own 14-yard line, playing without either of their top two quarterbacks.
Porter then inserted Quincy Hicks at quarterback. Hicks took the shotgun snap and ran around the right end. He cut back to the middle of the field and then used his speed to outrace the Riverdale defense for the Apaches' biggest play of the game, an 86-yard touchdown.
"The MVP of the whole game was Quincy," Porter said. "Riverdale scored their first touchdown, and he answers with a kickoff return touchdown. Then late in the game after another Riverdale score, he comes in at quarterback and makes another big play for a touchdown."
Riverdale had one more chance, but Maloney intercepted a pass for Glenbook, allowing the Apaches to run out the clock for the 26-14 win.
"We didn't play our best, but we did do two things," Porter said. "We won the big play battle and the turnover battle. Ninety-five percent of the time you do that, you win the ball game.Our players stepped up and made the plays when we needed them."
Maloney finished 11 of 19 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown. He also had 13 yards on the ground.
Hicks had three catches for 29 yards and two carries for 108 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Logan Clark had four catches for 87 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown. Noah Woodard had 26 yards and a score. Austin Palmierere had one catch for 13 yards.
Wesley Hicks led the defense with 10 tackles and Maloney had eight plus an interception. Eric Dozier and Cole Sanders each had seven. Logan Clark added an interception.