Apaches head to Decatur, MS. to play Newton Acad.
The Glenbrook Apaches will begin the 2012 MAIS Class A playoffs this week, as they travel to Decatur, Mississippi to take on the Newton Academy Generals.
Newton Academy (6-4) went undefeated (5-0) in District 4A, taking the district title.
"They're a real good team," Glenbrook head coach Greg Tibbitt said. "They have a coach (Robert Roberts) that has been there a long time and they just do what they do."
What the Generals do, is play defense and run the football.
The Generals average just under 200 yards rushing a game. They also pass for 90 a game, but the running game, behind a very good offensive line is their focus.
"They're going to be physical and fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball," Tibbitt said. "Especially along the offensive line."
The Generals have three senior running backs that have at least 500 yards rushing this season. Zack Meeks leads the team with 668 yards and six touchdowns on 137 carries. Thomas Jones adds 555 yards and five touchdowns and Regan Reiss has 503 yards and seven touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Tanner Smith has completed 54 of 130 passes for 859 yards and six touchdowns. Joseph Little is his big play target, catching 13 passes for 340 yards (26 yards per catch) and three touchdowns.
In last week's 50-13 win over Ben's Ford Academy, Reese ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns, Meeks added 79 yards and a score and Smith threw two touchdown passes.
Those numbers may pale to the numbers the Apaches offense has put up this year, but the Generals pair their offense with a stiff defense.
The Generals give up an average of just 17.5 points per game, and have only allowed 173 points this season. Against Ben's Ford Academy, Newton only allowed 115 total yards, 98 passing and 17 rushing.
As good as the Generals defense is, it's doubtful they have faced an offense as explosive as the Apaches have been this season.
Quarterback Regan Edwards leads an attack that has averaged more than 33 points this season.
Receivers Maurice Moore, Jalen Patterson, Logan Clark and Jacob White have made big plays with ball in their hands, and running back Willie Thompson is always a threat to go the distance.
And the Apaches' defense may have come around just in time. They held Claiborne Academy to just 12 points last week, led by Caleb Wilson's seven sacks. Game time is 7 p.m.