By Landrie Still
The Glenbrook Apaches fought hard against the Haynesville Golden Tornado on Friday, September 23. The highly anticipated matchup ended well for the Apaches as they continued their winning streak. Glenbrook Football Head Coach David Feaster said in a post game interview that “Everyone played great tonight, from special teams, to offense, to defense and our attitudes were great the entire time.”
With the highest attendance rates of the season, the Apaches started off the game with a packed stadium full of Glenbrook supporters. Before the commencement of the game, team captains Cason Clemons, Maddox Mandino, Hayden Harmon and Luke Vining represented the Apaches, but the Tornado won the coin toss so the Apaches would receive the ball. The Apaches had an explosive start when Chase Sentell scored the first touchdown of the night within the first few minutes of the game. Ty Feaster scored the extra point, putting the Apaches ahead of the Tornado, 7-0.
The Apache Defense, which Coach Feaster highly complimented when he said, “the defense was really physical, which is important because they matched Haynesville upfront,” continually forced turnovers on Haynesville’s downs. Junior Mason Farnell, one of the standouts of the night, made a huge sack to the Tornado quarterback, and as a result pushed Haynesville back 10 yards and eventually caused the Tors to turn the ball over. When the Apaches regained control of the ball, Feaster made passes to Landry Powell twice, each resulting in Glenbrook first downs. Quickly following, Feaster made a pass to Mandino, who dove toward the goal line and scored an Apache touchdown. With the extra point successful, the Apaches increased their lead to 14-0 with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
When Haynesville regained possession of the ball, Rhett Johnson and Vining, who both made many memorable plays throughout the night and were named as standouts, led a host of Apaches, and stopped the Tornado from pushing through. Powell made a huge interception for the Apaches and put Glenbrook in scoring position. The touchdown and extra point, made possible by Powell’s interception, were both scored by Feaster. The Tornado scored their first touchdown only 0:30 after the Apaches’ touchdown, but that did not hold Glenbrook back. With 1:45 left in the first quarter, Turner McLelland and Feaster scored Glenbrook’s fourth touchdown and extra point of the night. Wrapping up the first quarter, the Apaches were in the lead, 28-7.
In the second quarter, the Tornado attempted to fake a punt, but Harmon was prepared. Harmon shut down the Tornado offense, causing them to turnover on downs. With phenomenal plays by Clemons, Feaster, Mandino, Johnson, and Sentell, the Apaches were set up in scoring position. With 1:21 left until halftime, Feaster passed the ball to DJ Carter, who scored a touchdown, adjusting the score to 35-7. After the Tornado recovered an Apache onside attempt, they were on track to score, but could not make it through Glenbrook’s defense.
At the start of the third quarter, Jackson Lott stopped the receiver at Haynesville’s 5 yard line, soon leading to the Tornado fumbling the ball, which was recovered by Johnson. After the Apaches’ turnover on downs, Haynesville completed a long pass and scored a touchdown, which fueled the fire of the Apaches. Within 0:21, the Apaches scored two touchdowns and two extra points by Powell and Carter, changing the score to 49-14.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Daivari Jackson made a huge stop, and Jackson Waller, Toby Haulmark, Tre Kent, Mandino, and Harmon each made huge tackles, Farnell once again sacked the quarterback. Kent aided the Apaches with his interception in the end zone. Sentell scored his second touchdown of the night with 7:06 left in the game, and adjusted the score to 56-14. Dustin Clanton, Connor Bolton, and Hudson Glasscock each made tackles to aid in the defensive efforts with little time left in the game. After a successful field goal by Haynesville, the final score of the game was 56-17.
The Apaches worked hard this past week, and their determination paid off.
“The Apaches’ performance could not have been better, and I can’t think of anything that we could have done better,” Coach Feaster said.
Next week on September 30 at 7 p.m., the Apaches will take on the Arcadia Hornets as their opponents for Glenbrook’s 2022 Homecoming.
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