The Glenbrook Apaches are five games in to their first season as a member of the LHSAA, but the real initiation will come Friday night at Red Franklin Memorial Stadium as the new kids on the block take on the 17-time State Champion Haynesville Golden Tornado.
As the Apaches head towards Haynesville on Friday night, there will be a moment when they enter the parking lot of Red Franklin Memorial Stadium and come face to face with Louisiana High School Football history and the collection of State Championship banners hanging along the stadium facade, representing legendary Tornado names such as Bobby Evans, Shannon Harris, and Bobby Ray Tell.
The Apaches come in battle tested after taking on #2 ranked Calvary Baptist and #4 ranked Homer, but they will be taking on a #6 ranked Haynesville team and taking the field at what is arguably the most hallowed ground in Louisiana High School football.
While the Apache players might not fully appreciate what a victory on Friday would mean, the rest of the state would.
Glenbrook will bring with them a 3-2 record and a bit of momentum after beating Magnolia Charter 51-6 last week in Shreveport. The Golden Tornado are also riding high after putting together a 4-game winning streak after an opening week loss to North Webster.
Haynesville will lean heavily on the trio of Jayden Green, Toby Franklin, and Jakarius Turner in their Wing-T offense, while QB Kyle Woodard directs the offense that is averaging 40.2 points per game.
On defense the Golden Tornado will be led by Kemerion Ivory and Toby Franklin, as they attempt to contain a dangerous Apache offense.
In order for the Apaches to secure a victory Friday night, linebackers Hayden Harmon and Landry Powell will need to play lights out from start to finish and force the Haynesville offense to get away from what they do best.
On offense, Ty Feaster will need to deliver the ball to Maddox Mandino, Turner Mclelland, and Cason Clemons as much as possible to open up the defense for Dj Carter to get loose on the ground.
On paper this game looks to be a toss up, with Haynesville getting the edge with their history and home field advantage. However, the Apaches are out to prove that they belong in the LHSAA and a win on the road at Haynesville would be all the proof they need.
Kick off is set for 7:30 pm Friday night at Red Franklin Memorial Stadium in Haynesville.
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