Apaches meet C.A. with playoff spot on the line
After all the summer workouts, after all the days in the weight room and ten weeks into the season, it all comes down to Friday night for the Glenbrook Apaches.
The Apaches will host Claiborne Academy this Friday night with the last MAIS District 3A playoff spot in the balance.
"The playoffs really start this week," Glenbrook head coach Greg Tibbitt said. "I like the slogan the NBA uses, 'win or go home.' And that's what we told the kids."
Glenbrook enters the game with a 5-4 record, while the Rebels sit at 5-5.
"Claiborne's got a good football team," Tibbitt said. "They're just like every other team we've played this year, big and physical. They like to line up in the Wing-I and run the football right at you. They have a huge offensive line and are very sound on defense. I think coach (Lyn) Lumley has done a great job of turning that program around in a year."
Tibbitt said his team needs to play well on both sides of the ball this week.
"It will come down to the same story as every other week, can we get some stops on defense?" he said. "We need to get a few stops and maybe some turnovers to give our offense extra opportunities. And on offense, we can't make mistakes like drive-ending penalties or turnovers."
This will likely be the last home game of the year, because if they win the Apaches will be on the road for the playoffs.
"We'd love to have a huge crowd out there supporting us this week," Tibbitt said. "We had a nice crowd at Homecoming, and we'd love to have even more this week."
Tibbitt and his team know what's at stake this week.
"This is the biggest game these kids have ever played," he said. "Willie (Thompson) and Connor (Clark) are the only ones that have played in a playoff game, so this is really a huge game for all of us."
Game time is 7 p.m.