BASTROP—Midway through the second quarter Friday night things didn't look too good for the Glenbrook Apaches. They trailed Prairie View Academy 12-0 and the Spartans seemed to have all the momentum.
But then the Apaches turned it around and scored 20 straight points before halftime and went on to beat PVA, 32-12.
"Early in the game our secondary blew a couple of coverages and allowed them to score twice early," Glenbrook head coach Ryan Porter said. "But we made some adjustments and once we got into a rythmn, it all begin to flow. We were able to establish the running game and that opened up the pass."
The Apaches furious rally in the second quarter put the game away and impressed their coach.
"I was really proud of our team in the second quarter," Porter said. "The defense shut them out, and we were able to put up 20 points to take the lead."
The game actually started off good for Glenbrook before PVA took the lead. The Apache defense forced a three-and-out on the opening PVA drive, and then their offense moved the ball down inside the PVA 10-yard line for a first and goal. But a holding call and a couple of missed opportunities caused the Apaches to turn over the ball on downs at the 22. Then PVA scored 12 quick points.
After spotting PVA to a 12-0 lead, the Apaches went to work. After taking over on their 27-yard line, Glenbrook marched 73-yards in seven plays to cut the lead in half. The big plays in the drive were an 18-yard catch by Austin Palmier and a 24-yard catch by Caydan Maloney which set up a seven-yard touchdown run by Connor Clark.
The Apaches' Jacob White intercepted a Spartan pass on the following possession, setting Glenbrook up at the Apache 30-yard line. A first down screen to Cory Walker picked up 18-yards and then Willie Thompson picked up 30 on the option. Connor Clark hit Logan Clark for 14 yards inside the PVA five-yard line, and then carried it in for the touchdown for the game-tying score.
The Glenbrook defense then forced another three-and-out and the Apaches took over on the PVA 40-yard line, after a nice punt return by Maloney, with 53 seconds left in the first half. Passes to Thompson and Walker moved the ball down inside the PVA five-yard line, then Connor Clark hit Maloney in the right corner of the end zone for the touchdown as time expired. Clark then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Apaches a 20-12 halftime lead.
"I thought the kids did a very good job in the last 53 seconds," Porter said. "We managed the time and Connor spiked the ball with just enough time for one more play to score the touchdown. I thought that was a big momentum changer."
The Apaches had the first poessession of the second half, and marched 68-yards in six plays to increase their lead to 26-12. Big plays on the drive came by Thompson (an 11 and 14-yards runs) and Maloney (two catches for 20 yards), before Connor Clark rambled in from 27-yards for the touchdown.
Glenbrook added their final score in the fourth quarter, as Walker capped a 90-yarddrive with a nice 33-yard catch, run and score on a screen pass from Clark.
"PVA was leaving the bubble screen open, and that's as good as a run to me," Porter said. "I knew we had the better athletes in open space than they did.So we just basically took what their defense gave us and we let our play makes make plays for us."
Porter's biggest disappointment in his team was their failure to convert on a number of opportunities during the game.
"We were in the red zone a few times and didn't come away with points," he said. "If we convert on those, we score more than 50 points. We're going to have to do a better job of finishing this week against Cenla. We have to finish off each opportunity we have, and not let them get away."
Connor Clark had an outstanding night as he completed 21 of 32 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns, and ran 10 times for 63 yards and three touchdowns. he also ran in a two-point conversion.
Thompson had a season-high 198 yards rushing on 14 carries. Walker caught six balls for 118 yards and a touchdown, and Maloney had seven catches for 59 yards and a score. Logan Clark had three catches for 61 yards, Austin Palmier had two for 30 and Thompson had two catches for 39 yards.