RAYVILLE — The key for the Glenbrook Apaches this season was going to staying healthy. With their numbers down, the Apaches needed to have as few injuries as possible to stay in the hunt for a district title.
So far that plan hasn't worked out for Glenbrook. Two starters missed the season opening win over Riverdale, and two more starters left Friday's 22-14 loss to Riverfield, giving head coach Ryan Porter reason to worry.
"My biggest thing right now is what I've said all year long, We have to stay healthy," he said. "We lost one of our best playmakers in Quincy Hicks and that hurt us in the game."
Hicks left the game in the first half with a knee injury, and senior two-way starter Austin Palmierie left with a concussion in the fourth quarter.
Despite the injuries, and the fact that starting quarterback Connor Clark missed his second-straight game, the Apaches almost pulled out the win. Down 22-8 in the fourth quarter, the Apaches drove 66 yards in nine plays to cut the lead to 22-14. A 24-yard screen from Caydan Maloney to Willie Thompson started the drive and big scramble by Maloney later moved the ball inside the Raiders' five-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, Maloney sneak over from the two for the score.
The Apache defense forced a three-and-out, giving the team a chance to tie the ball game.
Glenbrook was unable to convert their chance and Riverfield ran out the clock for the win.
Glenbrook scored the first touchdown in the game as Maloney hick Cory Walker on a 60-yard touchdown pass. The ball was a little short, and Walker adjusted and out-jumped the Raiders defenders for an outstanding catch.
The Apache defense responded well, holding Riverfield to two three-and-outs and a Logan Clark interception before Hicks was injured on a sweep.
"I think it was one of those games where we had a lot of momentum early," Porter said. "We had the touchdown and the two-point conversion and our defense had shut them down. And then Quincy got hurt and things dominoed on us. We gave up a couple of big plays that set up their touchdowns, but other than that, our defense shut them down. I was proud of the defense, we had more three-and-out than we had all year. We just didn't run the ball effectively on offense."
The injury situation for Glenbrook this week against WCCA is unclear at this time, but Porter feels his team will take care of business.
'We can take a positive out of this game, because despite the injuries, we still had a chance at the end of the ball game,"
he said. "We just need to stay positive, get some of our players back and keep the pressure on Riverfield. We need to go out and win the next three games and stay healthy while we do it, and it all starts Friday night."