The Glenbrook Apaches came out fired up in their home opener with the CHEF Patriots, but after four quarters and a pair of overtimes the Apaches came up two points short of a thrilling victory.
The 20-18 loss in double overtime will be a tough pill to swallow for Glenbrook, now 0-2 on the young season, but the Apache head coach Caleb Carmikle said he saw several bright spots.
“That was my first experience in an overtime game,” Carmikle said. “It was an awesome atmosphere at Glenbrook last night. The community really came out and showed their support for us. I was proud of the way my guys played and the way they left it all out on the field. Somebody had to lose that game, I just hate it was us.”
The Patriots outsized the Apaches up front across the board, but the Apaches stood up to the challenge, something they didn’t do last week against Copiah.
“Those kids played very, very hard. CHEF forced us to play up to their level and we did that. I think that shows just how much we’ve grown up in one week.
The game started with the Apaches on defense.
CHEF moved the ball methodically near midfield where the Apaches forced them into a third and long.
The Patriots ran a screen play to the right flats that looked harmless enough, but the CHEF running back broke a tackle and got a block down the sideline to take it 60 yards for the game’s first touchdown.
CHEF never scored again offensively throughout the regulation portion of the game, but they did manage to return a Hunter Vaughn interception for a touchdown.
That’s when the Apache offense got rolling. Joseph Windham pulled down a big-time touchdown pass from Vaughn to start the scoring for Glenbrook.
“When he comes out and gets after it he’s tough to cover,” Carmikle said. “He’s a mismatch for whoever is trying to cover him.”
Seth Tyler found the endzone on a short pass to cap a long Glenbrook drive late in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 12-12 and send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime period neither team could find the endzone. In the second overtime period, CHEF scored and added a two point conversion, putting the pressure on Glenbrook.
Glenbrook responded with a Hunter Vaughn touchdown run, but on the ensuing two-point try to send it to triple overtime, the Apaches came up short, ending the game at 20-18.
Hunter Vaughn completed 9 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. He added 67 yards on the ground and one score. Marshall Meek ran for 47 yards and Drennan Keen carried five times for 22 yards.
Joseph Windham caught five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Seth Tyler added one reception for 5 yards and a touchdown. Lyle Reagan led the defense with 13 tackles and an impressive one-handed interception. Drennan Keen had 7 tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble. Peyton Page made 6 tackles, while Garrett Sanders and Nick Moses had 5 tackles.