APACHE - Apache got off to a slow start, but came out after halftime and used a big third quarter to pull away from Carnegie en route to a 33-8 win.
Nursing a 6-0 lead to start the second half, The Warriors' defense forced Carnegie to punt and took over at the Wildcats' 30-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Tyler Freeman busted a run outside to the right and outran a defender into the end zone. That play completely changed the game.
Jalen Domebo intercepted a pass on Carnegie's next possession and returned it to Carnegie's 26-yard line. Four plays later, Colton Huggins capped off the drive with a six-yard scoring plunge.
In less than three minutes, and on just five plays, Apache (2-0) increased its lead from 6-0 to 19-0.
"Carnegie outplayed us in the first half," Apache head coach Larry McDaniel said. "We weren't nearly as a emotional tonight as we should have been and they outplayed us. In the second half, we picked up our intensity and made some adjustments and we played much better."
Apache wasn't done in the quarter. After forcing Carnegie into a punting situation, the Wildcats fumbled the snap allowing the Warriors to take over at the 10-yard line. Freeman found Justin Josey on a slant route for a touchdown on the next play.
In the third quarter, Apache ran seven plays and scored three times while Carnegie punted twice, threw an interception, botched the snap on a punt and didn't have a first down.