Both Riverdale and Glenbrook will have a chance at redemption in their second-round MAIS playoff games Friday.
Riverdale, the No. 12 seed in MAIS A, gets a rematch with Cenla Christian, which beat the Rebels 30-8 two weeks ago in the de facto district championship game.
Kicker Tyler Waters handed the Rebels their first playoff win since 1991 when he knocked through a 25-yard field goal in overtime to knock off Carroll Academy (Miss.) 17-14.
“It was the first field goal of his career,” said coach Ronnie Powell. “He had a great game on the defensive line, and he’s a guy that really turned himself around academically and from a maturity standpoint.
“He’s been a tremendous pleasure to coach this season, and one of the thrills of coaching is to see a boy be what you knew he could be.”
Glenbrook already tasted revenge in a first-round whipping of River Oaks 36-13. The Apaches (8-3), lost to the Mustangs 41-24 earlier in the season, and now they turn their attention to a road trip at Adams County Christian (Miss.).
Adams narrowly won 23-20 in Natchez, Miss., earlier this season.
“These boys had a chip on their shoulder going into River Oaks … and we played really well on defense and I think we can score on anybody,” said Glenbrook coach Greg Tibbitt. “I think and hope we can bring that same mentality this week.
“Lots of times you don’t get to redeem yourselves, there aren’t do-overs. But this is the second time we get a do-over.”
Glenbrook won its first playoff game since 2008.
For Riverdale, one key in avenging its earlier loss is corralling an athletic Cenla squad. Powell said before Riverdale’s first game that his players wanted a Cenla rematch.
“It’s always a concern because they say one thing and then you might see a whole different attitude,” Powell said. “But we’ve had really good practices this week.
“We centered on one type of attack last time, but we couldn’t ram it down their throats. But we’ll try to diversify our offense this time.”