Apaches prepare for playoffs

Photo by Emily Glasscock

By Landrie Still

Glenbrook Apache Football team completed their final game of the regular season and sealed their historic undefeated record last week. The stellar season was accomplished as a direct result of the talent, hard work, and determination invested by each teammate and coach. Just four short years ago, the Apaches ended their season with a 1-9 record in the MAIS. The Apaches showed their strength by accomplishing an incredible 10-0 undefeated season and the District 1-1A Championship in only their second season as members of the LHSAA.

The athleticism of each athlete along with the skill of the coaching staff played a major role in obtaining an undefeated season. In the Apache’s 10 games, they outscored their opponents with a total of 449 Apache points to their opponents’ 166 points. 

Many of the games were won by such a large margin that the younger Apaches had the opportunity to take the field to gain valuable experience that will help to continue the success of the Apache Football program for many years to come. While each age group on the team played an essential role, Senior Maddox Mandino was named as the most versatile player by Head Coach David Feaster because “he can punt, run the ball, catch passes, all while playing every play on defense.”

This season has definitely been one that the Glenbrook family and players will remember for years to come. When asked about his favorite moment of the season, Senior Toby Haulmark stated “getting the new jerseys because it motivated us and gave us confidence.” 

The team was surprised with new uniforms donated by T-Bubba and the Edwards family prior to the Homer game. Junior Quarterback Ty Feaster stated that his favorite part of the season was “the fan support because it represented a movement of how people wanted to come out and support us.” 

Junior Garrett Brown said his most memorable moment was “looking up into the stands on the last play of the Homer game and realizing we had won base off of the fans’ celebration.” 

Junior Chase Sentell shared that his favorite memory was “scoring a touchdown against Haynesville and realizing that all my hard work was beginning to pay off.” 

Last season, the Glenbrook Apaches officially moved from the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), which had its positives and negatives. 

Coach Feaster included in an interview, “The switch from the MAIS was a good one, even though it is a great comprehensive organization because it includes athletics and academics, which has been an adjustment when switching to the LHSAA, which is solely an athletic program. There are just so many great things about being in the LHSAA. For example, the greatest one is not having to travel as far to athletic events.” 

Though many doubted Glenbrook’s ability to succeed in their switch from the MAIS to LHSAA, the Apaches have done very well and will continue to thrive in the future.

The Apaches would not have been able to accomplish an undefeated season without the contributions of many people on and off the field. From the players to the students, spirit teams and fans, each has played a role in the Apache’s success. The Apache Football team  earned a bye as the number 6 seed in the 1A Select Division IV and is currently preparing for Round 2 of the LHSAA playoffs, while awaiting to be notified as to which team they will be facing on Friday, November 18. No matter whom the Apaches face, they will be ready to play and will continue to prove to their fans and peers that the Apache team is filled with talent, athleticism, and the drive to continue to move their football program forward. 

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