The Glenbrook Apaches will host the Wilkinson County Christian Academy (WCCA) Rams tonight at 7 p.m.
The Apaches are 1-1 heading into the game, and the Rams are 2-0.
"WCCA is a good football team," Glenbrook head coach Ryan Porter said. "They have a couple of key guys that make them go."
WCCA is led on the ground by senior running back Tramel McKinsey, and by junior slot backs Josh Gayle and Kaleb Sterling.
McKinsey has 94 yards rushing and four touchdowns after two games, and Sterling has 108 yards and a touchdown. Gayle has run for 127 yards and two scores.
"WCCA is going to run a double-tight end double win," Porter said. "It's Centreville's offense. And basically what they are going to try to do is get three or four yards a pop against us and try to keep our offense off the field and slow down the tempo."
The Apaches will look to stop the Rams' rushing attack and force them into passing situations. The Rams have only attempted 11 passes in two games, with all those passes coming in their 20-0 win over Prentiss Christian Academy last week.
"We have to stop their un and get three and outs," Porter said. "We have to get off the field defensively and offensively we have to execute and control the pace of the game."
Defensively, the Rams are lead on defense by linebacker Quincy Thompson who has15 tackles, three fumble recoveries and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Duncan Ashley leads the team with 23 tackles and Trenton Hall has 21.
"They aren't overly big overall,and not blazing fast" Porter said. "I think we have to find our mismatches and use our speed where the game allows and just play faster and more physical than they do."
The Apaches will head into the game missing a few key players due to injury, but starting quarterback Connor Clark is expected back, but the team will also play Caydan Maloney some at the position.
"We're trying to get some kids healthy and ready to go," Porter said. "Practice has gone well, but we're trying to get some kids ready to play that will be starting for the first time Friday night. They've gotten some playing time, but have not started, but they will this week because of the injuries. We've had to make some tweaks and some adjustments, so the kids have to step up and make plays this week."
Porter wants his team to up their game and keep the pressure on district-leading Riverfield.
"We just have to start playing better all-around football as a team," he said. "We have to have the kids that are playing good, start playing really good. I told the kids that we're coming off a loss and we're going to have some kids out, but winning cures everything."
Game time is 7 p.m. at Apache Stadium.