The Glenbrook Apaches are feeling rejuvenated following last week’s 34-26 overtime win against River Oaks.
This week, the Apaches face another familiar opponent in their Claiborne Parish rivals, the Claiborne Academy Rebels.
Glenbrook (2-4, 1-1) has a chance to do something they couldn’t during Caleb Carmikle’s first year on the job: start a winning streak.
“You can tell around the locker room this week,” Carmikle said. “There’s a new breathe of life in this football team. We spent a lot of time talking about how a whole new season starts this Friday night. We’re right in the middle of a playoff push and that’s our ultimate goal.”
Without the win over River Oaks, Glenbrook’s playoff prospects would have been out the window. Now, the Apaches have a chance to position themselves nicely if they can knock of the Rebels in a game where emotions usually run rampant.
“We understand how important this game is,” Carmikle said. “It means a lot to the community on both sides involved, but we’re treating it just like any other football game. If we play smart football and keep our emotions in check then we have a pretty good chance.”
The Apaches have seen the Rebels twice this season, once in a scrimmage and again at the jamboree.
“They have a great player in No. 13,” Carmikle said. “He can hurt you at any given time and he’s found the end zone for them a lot this season.”
“For us it starts offensively this week. It’s taken us a little time to get rolling, and now we’re starting to reap the benefits of being patient. I think the key is establishing our run game again and that will open up the passing game to guys we feel like can make big time plays.”
Glenbrook and Claiborne always bring a little extra juice into this contest. Last season, the Apaches and Rebels clashed after the whistle during a scrimmage. Coaches had to separate several players, but not before the two staffs had a few words for each other.
“That’s something you really worry about in a game like this,” Carmikle said. “Games like this are what makes this fun; it’s what high-school football is all about, but if you play with too much emotion it can get you in trouble and we need everybody we have on the field, not getting tossed. We want to play with class and do things the right way.”