Carnegie’s second-half rally comes up just shy in key battle with Geary
CARNEGIE - Carnegie saw a furious second-half rally come up short Friday in a 50-44 home loss to Geary.
After trailing by 30 in the third quarter, Carnegie got a stop and drove from its own 20-yard line to the Geary 35, where quarterback Xavier Nesahkluah threw a desperation pass into the end zone and was intercepted.
"They had us down and we came back," Carnegie coach Jim Harvey said. "But we didn't play good enough to win. Give (Geary) credit. Their quarterback and running back (Ross Shawnee) were really, really good."
Cyril lost to Alex on Friday, which meant Carnegie could have clinched the District B-3 title with a win.
Carnegie kept pace early but gave up two long touchdowns to trail 36-20 at halftime. Geary built a 50-20 lead in the third quarter when the Wildcats began storming back, getting two touchdowns from Grant Kiesau and converting a halfback pass from Chason Hurt to Jaeden Hernasy to get within 50-44.
Kiesau was in his first game back since Oct. 7 when he sustained a concussion. He started at quarterback this season until being sidelined and filled Friday when Nesahkluah ran into some trouble.
Carnegie (5-4, 3-1) hosts Cyril next week.
Apache rolls over Healdton
Bailey Miller scored three touchdowns as Apache rolled to a 51-6 home win over Healdton.
Apache (7-1, 4-1) stayed in the hunt for the District A-3 title by allowing Healdton's first-team offense to just 22 yards. The Warriors piled up over 400 yards offense.
"We played well, we played really well. We had a great week of practice and they knew this was a big game," Apache coach Larry McDaniel said.