APACHE The Apache Warriors were riding high after a 4-0 start and looking to prove themselves to the state as they hosted Class A No. 2 Thomas in a District A-2 matchup Friday night at Chandler Field. Thomas looked every bit as one of the best teams in the state in a 42-6 triumph.
At the beginning of the second half, Thomas (5-0, 2-0) had a 28-0 lead and was kicking off to Apache. The Warriors started the drive at their own 44-yard line. The Warriors were inept on offense in the first half, but it was a completely different story in the third quarter.
Apache (4-1, 1-1) marched down the field on the ground as the offensive line was finally able to create some space. The Warriors had several runs of 11 yards in addtion to picking up six, six and eight. Finally Jordan Littrell got Apache on the board with a 15-yard touchdown run on a sweep to the left. The Warriors had some life.
"They had every reason to quit after the first half, but we challenged them at halftime and we came out and had success," head coach Larry McDaniel said. "We talked about character and that we didn't want to regress after all of the improvement we've had. They responded and we started doing the things that got us to 4-0."
Apache did exactly what it needed to do on Thomas' next possession: force a three-and-out. The Warriors took over and marched down the field again and picked up a fourth-down conversion just outside Thomas' 10-yard line.