The Glenbrook Apaches recently wrapped up the 2014 football season.
The Apaches fought their way to a 5-5 record against a schedule loaded with top teams.
The Apaches say goodbye to 11 seniors who will be tough to replace, but the Apaches will begin the rebuilding process this week as first year head coach Chris Norton and the Apaches will start their off season program this week.
“We’re pumped about the off season,” Norton said. “We’ll start this week in the weight room on a voluntary basis and then after Thanksgiving break we’ll meet and lay out our plans for the spring and the full off season program. We ended on a pretty positive note and I’m excited to put my spin on it and see how much better we can get between now and the school year.”
As far as the seniors who won’t be back for year two under Norton, he said it was a special group that he’ll miss.
“Considering the schedule we played , they were big,” Norton said. “They knew how to prepare and play football. They were a good group and they’re going to be hard to replace.”
The Apaches five losses came to five teams whose combined records were 40-9 in the regular season.
Norton said while 5-5 wasn’t his goal, it’s no record to be ashamed of for his team.
“Five and five should never be the goal,” Norton said. “The way we got there though, it made me earn a lot of respect for these kids. We had to run a gauntlet of a schedule.”
Glenbrook is hopeful that the schedule could become more favorable in the very near future with the MAIS being in the middle of a reclassification year.
The talks of what the new district could look like excite Norton and his coaching staff.
“We’re in the last year of this classification cycle,” Norton said. “We like where we think we’re going to end up. We feel like we have a chance to be the class of the new district.”