Apaches head to Monroe for rare Thursday night game
The Glenbrook Apaches have played games on Friday night and Monday afternoons this season, and now they will add Thursday nights to that list as they head to Monroe to take on the River Oaks Mustangs tonight at 7 p.m.
The Apaches and Mustangs will play tonight due to the nationally-televised ULM/Baylor game in Monroe on Friday.
Glenbrook head coach Greg Tibbitt doesn't think the short week will effect his team.
"I hope not," he said. "We've dealt with this before, but when you have a young team you never know how they will respond. But we've had a real good week of practice this week."
The Apaches will be facing a team in River Oaks that has seemed to have their number the last few years.
"The kids know who we're playing," Tibbitt said. "We've stressed that all week and they certainly understand that. We've had some good practices and I think they'll be ready. The bad thing is that we've had a flu bug roll through here, and we'll be without two defensive starters, Jacob White and Cameron Matthews. And Jacob has played really well on offense for us as well."
The Mustangs will be without a key player for them as well, as star running back Alex Biedenharn is out with an sprained ACL. He had accounted for more than 50% of the Mustangs offensive yards in the team's first four games, and River Oaks lost to Trinity Episcopal 42-6 in its first game without Biedenharn.
"We've watched film on them when he was playing, and he's one of the best running backs I've seen in this association," Tibbitt said. "But they are still River Oaks and they have a number of kids that can scare you. But he really was a special player."
Tibbitt stressed that the Apaches needed to stop the run in order to pull out the win.
"That's the M.O. on us, make us stop the run," he said. "River Oaks has shown different looks om offense, but the main thing for us is we need to find a way to stop the run."
One thing in the Apaches' favor this week, is that they won't be as out-sized as they have been for the last few weeks.
"I think we match up size-wise with them better than we have with the other teams we've played lately," Tibbitt said. "We want to start fast on offense and create the big play. The thing is, River Oaks is very well-coached. Coach Hannah and his staff do an awesome job and they don't beat themselves. We just need to go out and play solid football."
Game time is 7 p.m.