DECATUR, MS.-The Glenbrook Apaches were knocked out of the MAIS playoffs, as they fell to Newton Academy, 55-36 in Decatur, Mississippi Friday night.
The Apaches finished the season at 6-5 in head coach Greg Tibbitt's first year at the school.
"It was a rough way to end the season," Tibbitt said. "We played above our heads all season, I think we accomplished way more than people thought we would. We had kids step up and play well this year, that we didn't expect to even see the field this season. They stepped in and made plays and that's a good thing. That's something for us to build on, but we just ran into a buzzsaw the other night."
Newton Academy jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
"They did a lot of things that confused us for some reason early in the game," Tibbitt said. "By the time we figured it out, we were behind the eight-ball. we just couldn't get over the hump."
The Apaches got back in the game and their offense scored some points but there weren't enough stops on defense. Willie Thompson scored two touchdowns and Maurice Moore (two touchdowns), Jalen Patterson and Jacob White all caught touchdown passes from quarterback Regan Edwards.
Tibbitt came away impressed with Newton Academy.
"They have a weight room and they found it," he said. "I mean they were big and strong, country strong. They ran the ball like they were on a mission. They would line up in the two-tight I-formation and if it was third and four or five, they were getting it. They just would not be denied. Sometimes we would fill the gap like we were supposed to, but we would get run over. They are just a good football team."
The season is over, but Tibbitt said there is plenty to look forward to.
"We're only losing four seniors," he said. "But those four have played a pivitol part here. They have set the tone in the rebuilding process and we're really going to miss them."