MONROE — The River Oaks Mustangs have pretty much owned the Glenbrook Apaches in football the last few years.
But last night in Monroe, the Apaches went a far way in reversing that trend, as they beat the Mustangs, 82-69.
"If I wanted to write the script before the game, I don't think I could have done any better," Glenbrook head coach Greg Tibbitt said. "It went back and forth and neither team wanted to quit. I really think we grew up as a team last night."
The Apaches' offense has had its ups and downs this season, but last night definitely qualifies as an positive.
"I think we're finally on track on offense," Tibbitt said in an understatment. "Reagan Edwards, Maurice Moore, Jalen Patterson and Willie Thompson all had unbelieveable games. I can't wait to watch the film. It was just unbelievable."
But the Mustangs offense almost matched the Apaches score for score.
"River Oaks kept coming back on offense as well," Tibbitt said. "They made some plays and we just couldn't put them away until the very end."
The Glenbrook offense scored in a number of ways, but early the passing game set the tone.
"River Oaks was very committed to stopping the run early in the game," Tibbitt said. "We couldn't run the football at all. They were playing tight coverage on Mo and Jalen, and we just let it fly. They couldn't stay with them, and we had two or three touchdowns of over 60 yards. Reagan made some beautiful throws, and the offense started clicking."
After River Oaks switched to try to slow down the Glenbrook passing attack, the Apaches turned to the running game.
"In the second half, Willie had a big impact," Tibbitt said. "Once they committed to stopping the pass, Willie really stepped up. He had several good runs and scored a couple of touchdowns."
In an 82-69 game, the defense is an afterthought. But Tibbitt said there was some defense played.
"We had a couple of big stops in the game," he said. "The defense made stops when we really need them. I know that sounds strange when you see the basketball score, but the defense made the plays when we needed them and got a turnover at the end to seal the win."
Tibbitt feels this game could be a turning point in the season for the 4-2 Apaches.
"I think we really came together as a team last night," he said. "I think when the season is over, we'll look back at this game and say, 'Hey that was it. That's where it started.'"