Apache Nation celebrates first LHSAA win

The Glenbrook Apaches used a dominating first half Friday night, delighting the home crowd while cruising to their first LHSAA victory in their first game.

On a night that saw the renewed rivalry of two former MAIS foes, the Glenbrook Apaches racked up 45 first half points in route to a 59-28 victory over the River Oaks Mustangs.

D.J. Carter found the end zone first for the Apaches after taking a toss around the left end for an 8-yard touchdown. After the ensuing extra point, the Apaches led 7-0.

After Collin Gregg recovered an onside kick, Cason Clemson made quick work of the Mustang defenders, and took a Ty Feaster pass into the end zone from 44 yards out.

On the next possession, a strong Apache defense stifled the run game of the Mustangs and forced a punt from their own 9-yard-line. Maddox Mandino quickly outraced the punt coverage team on the way to a 42-yard touchdown return.

The Apache offense was not nearly done, as Feaster connected with Turner Mcclelland for a 50-yard touchdown pass, and Landry Powell hit Mandino on a slant route for a 44-yard catch and run for the score.

It was the Apache defense that rounded out the first-half scoring when Rhett Johnson hit the Mustang quarterback as he released the football, causing an interception and a 63-yard touchdown return by Garret Brown.

“It was a great night for Apache nation; it was something we have been looking forward to for a long long time,” said Apache head coach David Feaster. “River Oaks is an old rival of ours, and they were the first call that we made to get them on the schedule for week one. Our guys were really geared up for this game in front of a home crowd, and we really looked good. We will always have this night to look back on and remember as a great win over River Oaks.”

Next week the Apaches will head over to Linwood Avenue in Shreveport to take on the defending Division IV State Champions, the Calvary Cavaliers. Kickoff is 7 p.m. for the District 1-1A opener.

PHOTO:   D.J. Carter – Glenbrook