The Glenbrook Apaches bounced back from their two-game losing streak to beat the Amite School Rebels, 52-14 friday night at Apache Stadium.
"I was very pleased with the kids and the win," Glenbrook head coach Greg Tibbitt said. "We finally started clicking on offense. We had a number of big plays for scores and that led to scores, so that was very exciting for us."
The first of the big plays came on the opening kick-off as the apaches' jacob White fielded the kick, followed his blocking and then busted through the middle for an 80-yard touchdown return.
"We started the game off with a bang," Tibbitt said. "Jacob's return set the tone for us. Then you add the others including Logan Clark's 99-yarder and that's what our offense is based on. And that hasn't been there the last couple of weeks. So it was good to get it going again."
Braden Dickson's PAT after White's score gave the Apaches a 7-0 lead.
Amite was able to capitalize on a long drive on their first possession of the second quarter with a touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.
On the ensuing kick-off, White gathered in the kick and returned it all the way to the Amite 40-yard line. But a penalty against the Apaches moved the ball back to their 44. On first and 10, Glenbrook quarterback Regan Edwards hit Jalen patterson deep down the side for a 39-yard gain. Three plays later Edwards hit maurice Moore on a slant from five-yards out for the touchdown. Dickson's PAT made the score 14-7.
Later in the quarter, after an Amite fumble, Glenbrook's Willie Thompson took a pitch on the and ran around right end for a 50-yard touchdown to give Glenbrook the 20-7 lead.
Amite came right back with a touchdown on their own. Two penalties forced the Rebels to kick-off from deep in their own territory. The short kick-off was fielded by Connor Copeland and returned to the Amite 30-yardline. Edwards scrambled for 20 yards on first down, and then two plays later scramble five more yards for the touchdown.
After forcing a three and out on Amite's first possession of the second half, Glenbrook went right to work capping a 50-yard drive with an Edwards to Patterson touchdown pass. Glenbrook's sutton Jones intercepted a pass on the next Rebel possession, setting up the next Glenbrook touchdown.
The score came on a long pass down the home sideline. Edwards hit Moore who made a nice adjustment on the ball and then broke a tackle for the 45-yard touchdown. Dickson's PAT made the score 39-14.
The Rebels put together a nice drive and faced a fourth and goal from inside the Apache five yard line. They tried a run around right end but Apache defenders Caleb Wilson and Dickson made the stop at the three-yard line. Glenbrook lost a pair of yards on first down, but on second down, Edwards made a quick read and hit Logan Clark on a skinny post. Clark had a step on the defender, and tha was all he needed as he turned that step into 99 yards and the touchdown.
Glenbrook's final touchdown was set up by the defense. Noah Woodard and Copeland made big plays setting up a punting situation for the Rebels. The snap sailed over the punter's head and he tried to run around right end, but Spencer White and Austin Jones tackled him for the loss and Glenbrook took over on downs. On fourth and goal Edwards scrambled in for the score and a 52-14 lead.
"We played pretty well on defense for a change," Tibbitt said with a laugh. "We had some young kids like Sutton Jones step up and make plays. A lot of our young kids stepped up and played well on defense."
Tibbitt hopes the big win will set up the Apaches for the rest of the season.
"I thought we played with more passion in this game," he said. "The guys flew to the football and we just played a lot better. I hope this will give us a boost heading into the week and helps us Friday night against UCA."