WOODVILLE, Mississippi – The Glenbrook Apaches ran their record to 2-0 Friday night with a 24-14 triumph over Wilkinson County Christian Academy, using their physical rushing attack, led by junior Marshall Meek, to batter the Rams into submission on a cool August evening across state lines.
“I thought we played a lot better than last week,” Glenbrook head coach Ronnie Powell said. “We had some really good drives offensively, but we found a way to self-destruct a couple times with penalties. Marshall Meek ran extremely well and Parker Christy ran hard. Defensively, we played well again all night; broke down a couple of times, but we were pretty consistent.”
Glenbrook returns home to play Central Private next week in their first home game at Apache Stadium.
The Apaches avenged a season-ending loss to the Rams in the first-round of the playoffs last season by keeping it on the ground with Meek and Christy.
Da’maza Robinson left the game injured, but before he did, he provided the Apaches’ first touchdown with a 40-yard run down the right sideline to answer a Rams’ touchdown on their opening drive.
Trailing 8-6, Glenbrook took the lead for good when Marshall Meek found a seem right up the middle and outraced the WCCA secondary for an 80-yard touchdown. Brandon Merritt’s PAT sailed wide right, but the Apaches took a 12-8 lead into the half.
Glenbrook went back to work on their first drive of the third quarter, methodically plotting their course to the end zone, culminating with a Christy 5-yard touchdown run.
Clinging to a 18-8 lead, Glenbrook flopped on several chances to put the game away, fumbling away one goal-line chance and having two touchdowns called back because of penalties.
“In the fourth quarter we had about three chances to put them away,” Powell said. “We get a block in the back to bring back a pick six and we also fumbled inside the 10, somewhere like the 5-yard line. That was disgusting.”
It might have been a problem if not for the stingy Glenbrook defense that has refused to yield much through two contests.
Defensive end Nick Moses was impressive throughout the night, flying around the field to make tackle after tackle, and linebacker
Trent Meek scored for the second week in a row, penetrating the WCCA backfield and catching a toss that was intended for the Rams’ Hunter Burgess late in the fourth quarter to punctuate the win.
Marshall Meek finished with 145 yards rushing and a score, followed by Christy with 91 yards and his touchdown. Robinson added 51 yards and a touchdown, while the defense was led by Christy with 9 tackles and a forced fumble.