Apache, OK – The Warriors had their final regular season game of the season Friday night against the Carnegie Wildcats. It was senior night in Apache and the Warriors put on a show.
The game started fast as Apache got on the board just 19-seconds into the game with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Triton Ivy to Brayden Curry. After the 2-point conversion, the score was 8-0.
The Warrior defense created three straight turnovers and allowed the offense to work with a short field the majority of first quarter. Apache jumped out to a 30-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Head Coach of the Warriors, Larry McDaniel, had this to say about his defense’s performance and their play all year.
“I’m really proud of our defense. They’ve stepped up all year when players went down with injuries… they’ve played well every week. We need to carry this momentum into the playoffs.”
Carnegie was able to find the endzone halfway through the second quarter with a short run from their quarterback Heston Harrison. They would get a 2-point conversion and make the score 30-8.
The Apache offense slowed down in the second, but that Warrior defense proved tough once again. The Wildcats were able to drive the ball deep into Apache territory with less than thirty seconds to go, but Reese Sylvester was able to add their fourth takeaway of the first half with an interception in the end zone to close the half. Apache took a 30-8 lead heading into the locker room.
The second half was much of the same. Apache would score two more times. One score came at the 1:04 mark of the third quarter, courtesy of Dakota Roberts on a pass from Ivy. The next score, just a mere 22-seconds later, courtesy of a pic six from Brayden Curry. He also had a huge night returning punts for the Warriors.
The final highlight of the game came from the Warriors’ sixth turnover of the game and third interception. This time it was the freshman, Houston Herrin, who would grab the takeaway to finish the game. The Warriors won the ball game 44-8.
McDaniel spoke about his team and their preparation for next week.
“The kids are excited, and I am proud of our team… but when you get to this point, if you have an off night, you go home. We’ve struggled all year long, this is a season where injuries hurt us, but we will be ready.”
Senior wide receiver Brayden Curry also spoke about his team and his performance.
“It is just all about working hard and giving it your all. Especially on senior night. Coach always talks about the next man up and we take that to heart. Always have to get better and better, work harder and harder.”