Apaches and Raiders expected to battle for district title
Glenbrook head coach Ryan Porter knows his team has a huge test in front of them this week, as they head to Rayville to play Riverfield Academy on Friday.
Glenbrook and Riverfield are expected to battle it out for the District 7A title this season.
"This is the first district ball game of the year," he said. "And it could possibly determine the district championship. Riverfield is a very good football team, we'll have to play our best football all four quarter."
Despite battling the weather this week, Porter said his team has had a good week of practice.
"Things have gone well this week," he said. "The kids have been really working hard and understand the importance of this game. We had a lightning delay earlier this week, but it worked out for us because we went inside and got on the board with the kids and made sure everybody knew their responsibilities and then went outside and practiced it."
One thing the Apaches concentrated on was blocking. Porter was not happy with the blocking of his offensive line and running backs last week.
"We've really stressed that heavily this week," he said. "We had to because Riverfield runs a 3-5 defense and their three down linemen are extremely big and physical up front. They like to blitz a lot, so we have to be really solid up front and win that battle within the trenches."
Offensively, the Raiders will be running a true spread this year, passing much more than they have in years past.
"It's really a lot like the offense we run," Porter said. "Our defenses are similar also, so we're kind of seeing ourselves this week. Hopefully that's a positive, because the kids can relate to what they're trying to do. But the bottom line is Riverfield has some talented skill kids, really big linemen and they really understand the importance of this ball game."
Riverfield is coming off a big win last week. The Raiders trailed Central Hinds 17-0 and came back to win 18-17.
Riverfield trailed 17-12 with just 55 seconds left, when Central Hinds lined up for a 45-yard field goal to ice the game. Riverfield blocked the kick and returned it for the 18-17 win.
"That's a huge win for a team," Porter said. "The biggest thing is that Riverfield came from behind to win. They showed a lot of heart and they didn't quit."
Glenbrook quarterback Caydan Maloney will get his second start this week, in place of injured starter Connor Clark.
"Caydan's doing a good job," Porter said. "He's still getting used to the position. He knows the offense and knows where the ball needs to go, he just needs to focus on his mechanics. He's just polishing the fundamentals, and he's been working hard on that. We hope to have Connor back in a couple of weeks, but Caydan has done a great job filling in."
Porter expects a very tough game Friday night.
"This is going to be a very physical and hard-fought ball game," he said. "I really expect the game to come down to four or five plays. Which ever team can make those plays, will come out on top. Hopefully, that will be us."