MADISON, MS.—The Glenbrook Apaches hit the road Friday traveling to Madison, Mississippi for a season opening match-up with the Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriots.
The Apaches had hopes of starting off the 2013 season with an impressive win over MRA, one of the top teams in Class 3A of the MAIS. Unfortunately, missed tackles and too many turnovers put the Apaches in a hole against a very good Patriot football team.
Glenbrook lost 54-12.
"We had five turnovers and got behind the eight-ball quick and couldn't find a way out of it. We talked all week about how good MRA was, and they are, but we got over there and they weren't that much better than us," head coach Greg Tibbett said. "Offensively, they didn't have a lot of superstars. They're big up front and their running back is a legit Division I player, but everyone else just did what they were supposed to do. Everybody just did their jobs and they just kept clicking. We made too many mistakes and when you play those kind of schools, you can't make the mistakes we made."
Despite the outcome of the game the Apaches played hard and had several notable performances.
"Logan Clark played extremely well," Tibbitt said. "He had a number of nice catches and scored one of our touchdowns. The MRA coaches were raving about him after the game."
Tibbett also singled out the defensive efforts of Spencer White and Tristan Sanders as well as the play of Aubrey Reynolds in the trenches.
"Aubrey was just a warrior. He went toe-to-toe with those 300 pounders all night," said Tibbett.
The mistakes that cost Glenbrook the game are mistakes that Coach Tibbett and his coaching staff feel can be corrected before the Apaches' next game.
"When we looked at the film, we saw that we missed a lot of tackles," he said. "We played really well at times. We'd have 10 people in the right spots but one would be out of position. Those little mistakes just added up. Our kids took some good things out of this game and we will learn from it and try to get better."
Regan Edwards finished 19 of 41 for 280 yards and two touchdowns.
Clark had three catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Arthur Jones caught seven balls for 74 yards and a score. Tristan Sanders added five for 53.
Spencer White led the team with 11 tackles and Sanders had nine, with a sack and a fumble recovery.
The Apaches will look to bounce back this Friday as they travel to Coushatta to take on the Riverdale Academy Rebels at 7 p.m.