NATCHEZ, MS.—The Glenbrook Apaches traveled to Natchez, Mississippi for a playoff rematch with the Adams County Christian Academy Rebels.
Earlier this season the Rebels got the better of an offensive slugfest against the Apaches. This time around, the Glenbrook defense made a statement, holding the Rebels to 21 points in a 30-21 victory.
With the win Glenbrook and head coach Greg Tibbett will advance to the semi-finals of the MAIS Class AA playoffs.
"Our team played with a chip on our shoulder", Tibbett said. "We lost to this team earlier in the year, but we came back tonight and played our best defensive game of the year. I feel like we're peaking right now."
Glenbrook got on the scoreboard first with a touchdown pass from Regan Edwards to Clay Simonton to take a 6-0 lead. ACCS would be held scoreless by the Apache defense in the first quarter before they scored on a two-yard run to make the score 7-6, their only lead of the game.
In the second quarter the Apache offense started to gain some momentum, as Regan Edwards threw a touchdown pass to Arthur Jones, and then took one in himself on the ground. Glenbrook held a 18-7 halftime lead.
"Regan is playing above his head right now, his running ability has added a dimension to our offense that makes us hard to stop because you have to account for our receivers," Tibbett said.
"When we go with five wide receivers and spread the defense it opens things up for Regan to run. And he's a gutsy, smart runner whose playmaking has been huge for us the past two weeks."
In the second half Glenbrook wasted no time going back to work offensively, with Edwards finding Jones for his second receiving touchdown of the game. Jones was red hot on the night on defense as well, picking off ACCS twice to go along with his two scores.
ACCS would make a push to get back in the game later in the third quarter however, scoring twice to bring the score to 24-21 going to the fourth quarter.
With the season hanging in the balance the Apaches dug deep when halfway through the final quarter, Edwards was able to find Tristan Sanders for a 20 yard touchdown to make the score 30-21. ACCS was unable to move the ball on the Apache defense the rest of the game as Glenbrook ran out the clock for the win.
Glenbrook will face Centreville in the semi-finals.
"Centreville is coached by Bill Hurst who has won the most games in the history of our league so they're going to be well-coached and well-disciplined. Its going to be about staying disciplined on defense, filling our gaps and stopping the run."
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday night at Centreville Academy in Centreville, MS.