Glenbrook head coach Caleb Carmikle admits it was tough to address his team in the moments following the team’s heartbreaking 29-25 loss to their rivals, Claiborne Academy.
“Everybody is hurting,” Carmikle said. “That’s one of the toughest locker rooms I’ve ever been in after a game. I told them I’m so proud of the way they battled the whole game.”
Claiborne returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to take the early lead, but Glenbrook answered with a pair of touchdowns from Hunter Vaughn and Joseph Windham to take a 12-7 lead. Vaughn made the switch to wide receiver this week as Carmikle went with sophomore Seth Tyler at quarterback.
“I think that move opened up our passing game,” Carmikle said. “For Seth to make his first start in rivalry game in front of an electric crowd at home, I was very, very proud of him. I was very proud of Hunter Vaughn as a senior as well. I think he showed what a difference maker he can be at wide receiver.”
Claiborne led 14-12 at halftime and took a 21-13 lead early in the third quarter. But the Apaches responded with a touchdown from Tyler to Vaughn to make it 21-19.
Glenbrook got a huge stop on a fourth and one play by Claiborne to get the ball back. The offense wasted little time, going right back to Vaughn as he and Tyler hooked up for another touchdown to give Glenbrook a 25-21 lead and send the home crowd into a frenzy.
On their next possession Glenbrook was pinned deep and gave up a saftey to make it 25-23, and gave Claiborne possession with just over six minutes to play.
The Rebels responded with a long drive to bleed out the clock and score the winning touchdown on fourth and goal.
“Unfortunately that’s how the ball bounces sometimes,” Carmikle said. “We came up just a bit short.”
Seth Tyler completed 13 of 15 passes for 248 yards and four touchdowns in his first start, adding 46 yards on the ground.
Vaughn exploded for 140 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches, while Joseph Windham caught three passes for 97 yards and one score. Tyler Perryman and Mason Hood also had catches for Glenbrook. Marshall Meek had 27 yards rushing and Drennan Keen added 12. Mason Hood carried once for 14 yards.
Keen led the defense with an outstanding 20-tackle performance, followed by Lyle Reagan with 17 tackles, Tyler Perryman with 14 tackles, Garrett Sanders with 13 tackels and Parker Christy with 10 tackles. Seth Gauthier added five tackles and a forced fumble and Trent Albritton had a fumble recovery.