By Landrie Still
Friday, October 7, the Glenbrook Apaches faced the Magnolia School of Excellence Mariners in Shreveport for Week 6 of the football season. The Apaches started off strong, which allowed them to maintain their lead the entire game. The 67-42 win over the Mariners, increased the Apache’s seasonal record to 6-0, while allowing many young Apache Football players to experience Varsity playing time. Head Coach David Feaster included in a post game interview, “Tonight was important to us because we’ve had our last 6 sub-varsity games canceled, so our JV had the opportunity to play most of the game, which provided great experience for them.”
Following Glenbrook’s kickoff, defensive players Rhett Johnson and Jonathon Bryant made strong plays that led to Chase Sentell making a quick interception for the Apaches. 1:40 into the game, Ty Feaster passed the football to Sentell who scored the first touchdown of the night. After a bad snap, Cason Clemons recovered and pitched the ball to Jackson Waller, who scored a 2-point conversion.
After strong tackles by Glenbrook’s defense, Dayton Sims intercepted the Mariners’ ball for an Apache first down. With Maddox Mandino moving the Apaches to just shy of the goal line, Turner McLelland completed the pass from Feaster and scored a touchdown with 8:13 left in the first quarter. Feaster increased the score to 15-0 after his successful extra point.
Following a recovered onside kick, Clemons received the ball from Feaster and broke many tackles for a first down. Within seconds, Feaster passed the ball to Johnson, who scored a touchdown, adjusting the score to 22-6 with 7:25 left in the quarter. Only 0:10 later, DJ Carter scored a touchdown as a result of an interception by Bryant.
After a huge tackle by Johnson, Mandino made an interception and took over the ball. Feaster passed the ball to Clemons, who scored a touchdown with a diving catch. Less than halfway into the quarter, the Apaches maintained their lead of 35-6. Coach Feaster included, “Within the first six minutes, we intercepted the ball, were throwing and catching on offense, and our special teams were good, too.”
Defensive players Sims and Jackson Lott applied pressure to the Mariner offense and as a result, allowed Mandino to step into the passing lane for an interception that lead to a touchdown and successful extra point. The Mariners answered by scoring a touchdown with 5:13 left in the quarter, but their 2-point conversion was stopped by Landon Chanler.
With a switch to Apache offense, McLelland stepped into the quarterback position and made several passes to Connor Williams, who made multiple plays gaining yards. Coach Feaster mentioned, “Williams looked great running the ball, and since he might be a running back in the future, this was great for him.” McLelland then tossed the football to Toby Haulmark, who scored for the Apaches. With an unsuccessful extra point attempt, the Apaches adjusted the score to 48-12 with 2:35 remaining in the first quarter. As a result of plays on Glenbrook’s defense, especially by Connor Bolton, Noah Cox, and Yetman, Glenbrook forced a turnover on downs, which moved Clemons to the quarterback position at the end of the first quarter.
At the top of the second quarter, Magnolia Charter attempted a pass that was blocked by Sims as a result of his excellent coverage. Once the Mariners regained possession, they scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion with 1:49 left in the second quarter, leaving the score for the first half 55-20.
At the start of the third quarter, Feaster completed a pass to Carter, who scored a touchdown for the Apaches, but the extra point was incomplete. Strong defensive plays by Johnson, Sims, and Hayden Harmon lead to another Glenbrook interception and touchdown, made by Waller. The Apaches increased their lead to 67-20.
After placing mostly sub-varsity players in the game, the Apaches fought hard to defend their territory. Coach Feaster explained, “We are always looking for more guys to play, so when we see the young guys make a tackle, we see that as a great thing.” Despite the teams efforts, the Mariners broke through for a touchdown. In the last minutes of the game, the Apaches fumbled the ball, allowing Magnolia to score both a touchdown and 2-point conversion. In the last 0:30 of the game, the Mariners scored the final touchdown. Glenbrook finished out the night with a final score of 42-67.
The Apaches played hard against the Mariners, and many players were given the opportunity to showcase their talents. Next Friday night, the Apaches are hoping to go 7-0 after the district matchup against the Ringgold High School Redskins in Ringgold, LA.
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