The Glenbrook Apaches hosted the Riverfield Raiders Friday night in their home opener as they tried to go 2-0 under new head coach Greg Tibbitt.
But the Raiders used their size advantage to wear down the Apaches, and Glenbrook fell 38-18.
"They were a lot bigger than us," Tibbitt said. "They out-weighed us across the front and it took its toll. We were worried about them packing it in and running right at us, and that's exactly what they did."
As a team, the Raiders ran for 347 yards. Glenbrook ran for a net of 99 and passed for 190.
Riverfield led 2-0 after a first quarter safety and then improved their lead to 9-0 with a second quarter touchdown. The Apaches cut the lead to 9-6 at the half, with a 23-yard touchdown from Reagan Edwards to Logan Clark.
The score was 24-12 after three quarters, as William Thompson scored on a one-yard run sandwiched in between two Riverfield touchdowns. Riverfield scored twice more in the fourth, and Glenbrook was able to only score on a 10-yard touchdown catch by Jacob White to make the final score, 38-18.
Tibbitt saw a great number of positives out of his young Apaches, but there were also a number of break downs that the team must improve on to win games.
"When you have a young team like we do, you can do 10 things right and one thing wrong, and that one thing can set you back," he said. "That's kind of what happened to us Friday night. We'd make a nice catch and we'd have a holding penalty. We'd put some good plays together, and then we'd fumble a snap. We just couldn't get any rhythm on offense."
Thompson led the Apaches with 16 carries and 105 yards and a touchdown. Edwards hit on 15 of 32 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Maurice Moore led the receivers with five catches and 79 yards, Logan Clark had four for 59 and one score and Jacob White caught four balls for 35 yards and a score. Thompson had one catch for 19 yards.
"I thought our skill guys played well," Tibbitt said. "I hate to repeat myself, but William Thompson is having a great senior season. He's running the ball hard. We ran a lot of counters and inside zones with him Friday. He's really becoming a workhorse for us. I think we'll put more on his shoulders week to week."
That will probably be the plan this week as the Apaches travel to Woodville, Ms. to take on WCCA.
"WCCA is a lot like the team we just faced, so we'll have to find a way to stop them," Tibbitt said. "It's about a 4 1/2 bus ride to Woodville and it's another district game against a physical team, so we need to get ready in a hurry."
Glenbrook is now 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in district play.