The Glenbrook Apaches knew going into Friday's game with Claiborne Academy that they would miss they playoffs and that the game with the Rebels would be the last of their season.
Head coach Ryan Porter urged his team to play the game as if it was their bowl game, and the Apaches did just that. In fact, they looked like a SEC team in a BCS game as they trounced the Rebels, 54-6.
"I was very proud of our effort from start to finish," Porter said. "We made a couple of mistakes and had a couple of turnovers, but overall we never let anything stop our momentum."
Things started fast for the Apaches, as Cory Walker returned the opening kick-off 90-yards for Glenbrook's first score. Conner Copeland added the PAT and the Apaches led 7-0.
Two series later the Apaches were back in the end zone as William Thompson capped a seven-play, 66-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. The PAT was missed, but the lead was 13-0.
Connor Clark scored on a six-yard scramble to cap the next Apaches drive,a nd then hit Caydan Maloney on the two-point conversion to give the Apaches a 21-0 lead.
Claiborne took advantage of some missed tackles on the next drive, as they cut the lead to 21-6 with a 75-yard touchdown run.
The teams traded turnovers on their next two possession before Glenbrook marched down the field and scored a touchdown on a fourth and goal Tim Tebow jump pass from Maloney to Austin Palmier.
The Apaches added another score right before the half, as Thompson took a direct snap and ran around right end, and over a couple of CA players for a 27-yard touchdown.
Blake Simonton then intercepted his second pass of the night to preserve the Apaches' 33-6 halftime lead.
Mid-way through the third quarter, Thompson scored again, this time on a 20-yard run that was set up by a nice downfield block by Jack Parks.
Eric Dozier got into the scoring column for the Apaches on the first drive of the fourth quarter, as he busted up the middle then cut back to the left and sprinted 30-yards for the score. Copeland added the PAT and the Apaches' lead grew to 47-6.
On the ensuing possession, Walker made his second big play of the game as he intercepted a CA pass and returned it 60-yards to the Rebel four-yard line. Senior offensive lineman Cole Sanders then fulfilled every lineman's dream as he got the handoff from the full back position and ran it in for his first-ever, and the final Glenbrook touchdown of the day. Copeland's PAT made the score 54-6
"I was so excited for all our seniors," Porter said. "Cory (Walker) scored on the long kick-off return, (Caydan) Maloney had a bunch of passes and threw a Tebow touchdown to (Austin) Palmier, another senior. Blake (Simonton) had a couple of picks, Jack (Parks) had a couple of big pancake blocks and a lot of tackles, Wesley (Hicks) had some big hits and Cole (Sanders) had a touchdown, so all of them really played lights out and made some plays. I know they will remember every snap of this ball game. I was really proud of them."
Thompson led the team with 21 carries 184 yards and three touchdowns. Dozier had three carries for 47 yards and a score and Clark ran three times for 17 yards and a touchdown.
Clark went 16 of 24 for 208 yards through the air, and Maloney was one-for-one for five yards and a touchdown.
Walker had five catches for 100 yards, Maloney six for 53 and Palmier had three for 42 yards and a score. Simonton added one for 10 and Logan Clark had an eight-yard catch.
"I can't say enough about our kids," Porter said. "When you are going into your last ball game and all you're playing for is pride, it's real easy for some kids to fold or not play hard. But our kids stepped up to the challenge. They played hard from start to finish."