MONROE —The Glenbrook Apaches traveled to Monroe on Friday night for a match-up with the River Oaks Mustangs in the first round of the MAIS Class 2A playoffs.
These two teams met earlier this season, with the Mustangs defeating the Apaches in Minden thanks in part to some undisciplined play by the Apaches. This time around, with their season on the line, the Apaches came ready to play and controlled the Mustangs from the opened kick, winning 36-13.
"This was a huge team win for us", said head coach Greg Tibbett. "It was our first playoff win since 2008 and the best game we've played all year."
After River Oaks received the opening kickoff, the Apache defense forced a fumble recovered by Spencer White at the 31. The Apaches made the turnover count, scoring on fourth and goal from the six on a Regan Edwards scramble. Arthur Jones would run in the two-point conversion.
On River Oaks next possession the Mustangs were able to drive down to the Glenbrook 35-yard line before the stingy Apache defense stopped them on downs. With the ball back, Edwards went to work, taking the Apaches down the field for another scoring drive, capped off by a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jones. After Logan Clark caught the two point try Glenbrook led 16-0.
In the second quarter River Oaks got on the board after a long drive was finished off with a one yard touchdown run. The two teams traded possessions with both defenses playing well, until River Oaks took a drive down inside the 10. With the mustangs threatening, the Apaches forced river Oaks into a fourth and goal. On the fourth down play, River Oaks threw into the end zone where Clark stepped in front of a pass for a crucial interception to end the threat.
Tibbett couldn't say enough about the effort on defense.
"We challenged our defense to make some stops and they did, we moved some people around and right now everyone is in the right spots and playing very well."
Edwards would find Jones for another touchdown strike just before halftime to stretch the Apache lead to 24-7 at the break.
Glenbrook received the ball to start the second half and didn't waste any time getting back to work. The Apaches drove down to the 33-yard line, where Edwards found Tristan Sanders for the 33-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach at 30-7.
River Oaks would score on another one-yard touchdown run to get the score to 30-13, but in the fourth quarter Edwards would end any hope of a miracle by leading another touchdown drive. This time it was Edwards once again getting it done with his feet for his second rushing touchdown.
Edwards continued his hot streak offensively throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while adding 120 yards rushing and two scores on the ground as well. Clark and Jones each caught eight passes to lead the way receiving, with Sanders, Cade Morgan, Caden Copeland, and Clay Simonton adding receptions as well.
Defensively Sanders had a game for the ages, recording 26 tackles on the night. Lyle Reagan had 12 tackles, Dakota Shinall, Maason Sprott, and Spencer White all had 10 tackles, and Clark and Shinall both added interceptions.
With the win the Apaches live to play another week in the Class 2A playoffs. Their next opponent will be the Adams County Christian School Rebels, another team that Glenbrook will be matching up with for the second time.
The Apaches will be on the road again, with game time slated for 7 p.m.