As the sun set on Red Franklin Memorial Stadium Friday night, the Glenbrook fans were just hoping for a good ball game against one of the all-time great football programs in Louisiana High School Football History. What they found, was a coming of age for their beloved Apaches, who found a way to knock off the Tornado on their own field in dramatic fashion.
On the opening kickoff of the game, the Apaches Trey Kent set the tone with a 53-yard kick return to set his team up with great field position.
The Apaches wasted no time in getting their high-powered offense rolling as Ty Feaster found Turner Mclelland for a 29-yard touchdown pass on the 2nd play from scrimmage. The extra point was good and the Apaches took the 7-0 early lead.
Not to be out done, the Haynesville offense put together an impressive drive that was capped off by a 4-yard Toby Franklin touchdown run. After a successful extra point attempt, the score was all knotted up at 7 each.
On the Apaches next possession, a Jakarius Turner interception gave the Tornado the ball at their own 47-yard line. The Tornado marched the ball down the field leading up to a Jakarius Turner 4-yard touchdown run. After a successful 2pt conversion, the Tornado led 15-7.
The Apache offense was able to shake off the mishap on the previous series by putting together a 9 play, 71-yard drive that culminated in a 9-yard Turner Mclelland touchdown run. On the 2pt conversion Ty Feaster found Cale Hollis in the back of the endzone and tied the game up at 15 at the end of the 1st quarter.
During Haynesville’s next possession, they were faced with a fourth and goal from the 5; the Haynesville player was wrapped up at the 1 and
fumbled the ball into the endzone where a Tornado player fell on the ball for the touchdown. The extra point was no good and the Tornado led 21-15.
On the Apaches next possession, Damondra Martin stepped in front of a Ty Feaster pass and took the ball 37 yards for the touchdown.
The Apache defense once again denied the Tornado’s attempt at the 2pt conversion and the score remained 27-15.
A failed fake punt on the Apaches next possession gave the Tornado great field position at the Apache 42. The Tornado would need just one play for Toby Franklin to bust through the middle of the defense on a well-executed trap play for the 42-yard touchdown. The Apache defense stood tall once again on the 2pt conversion attempt and denied the try as the score stood at 33-15.
On their next possession, the Apaches were guilty of an illegal block and were facing 3rd and 24 from their own 14-yard line when Ty Feaster hit DJ Carter on the left sideline for an impressive 86-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good and the Apaches trailed the Tornado 33-21
On the ensuing kickoff, the Apaches recovered the onside kick and were in business at the Haynesville 49-yard line with 3:46 left in the 1st half. It took Ty Feaster just 4 plays to find Turner Mclelland open along the right sideline for his 3rd touchdown of the night.
After the successful extra point, the Apaches closed the gap to 33-28 with 2:45 seconds to go in the half.
Both teams traded series to send the game to halftime with a score of 33-28.
The Tornado opened up the second half with the football and put together a nice 7 play, 63 yard drive before the Apache defense tightened up on 4th and 7 from their own 10 and turned the scoring threat away.
The Apaches took control of the ball down by 5 at their own 9-yard line and went 91 yards in 5 plays as Trey Kent plunged into the endzone from 3 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown. After an unsuccessful 2pt conversion, the Apaches led 34-33.
On their next possession, the Tornado offense put together a 9 play, 66 yards drive to retake the lead on a 4-yard Jakarius Turner touchdown run. Turner added the 2pt conversion and the Tornado now led 41-34 with 2:34 to go in the 3rd quarter.
A Ty Feaster interception on the next series looked to put the home team Golden Tornado in a position to extend their lead, but a fired-up Apache defense forced the punt early in the 4th quarter.
The Apaches put together a nice drive before a 4th down run ended up a yard short to give the Tornado the ball back with 8:49 left in the 4th quarter.
The Apache defense came up big once again and forced a Haynesville fumble and took possession at the Tornado 24-yard line down by 7 with 6:43 left to play.
On 1st and 10 from the Tornado 11-yard line, Rhett Johnson took the inside handoff and raced into the endzone to pull the Apaches within 1 with 5:23 left in the ball game.
Faced with a decision to go for the tie or the lead, the Apache offense stayed on the field for the 2pt conversion try. DJ Carter took the toss around the left end and forced his way into the endzone for the go ahead score and a 42-41 lead.
The Haynesville Golden Tornado took over possession with 5:20 left in the game down by 1. Needing just a field goal to win it they picked up a quick first down.
On the next set of downs, the Tornado QB attempted to boot around the left end on 2nd and 10, where he was met with a host of Apache defenders and was dropped for a loss of 7.
Facing a 3rd and 17 from their own 39, the Tornada QB found a wide-open receiver near the left sideline, but the Apache defense quickly took the ball carrier to the ground, setting up a 4th and 4 from the Apache 49-yard line. Jakarius Turner took the hand off on the Jet Sweep around the left and where he was met by Chase Sentell for a 1-yard gain and the biggest Apache stop of the night.
With 3:20 standing between the Apaches and arguably the biggest win in program history, all the offense needed to do was secure a first down and then run out the clock. After a 5 yard run on 1st down by Rhett Johnson, DJ Carter took the toss around left end for 6 yards and an Apache first down
With 2:25 seconds left in the game, the Apaches were able to run out the clock and secure a 42-41 victory over the Golden Tornado from Haynesville.
“This win was huge for our program. This was already a great football season, but beating Haynesville is really the icing on the cake,” said Head Coach David Feaster. “Haynesville is in the midst of a great season themselves. They were ranked #3 among public schools before tonight and we still expect them to go far in the playoffs.”
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