MINCO — The Apache Warriors scored 30 points in the second quarter en route to a 38-14 win over Minco on Saturday, knocking the Bulldogs out of the Class A football playoffs.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Warriors' offense switched to a reverse-option scheme, and Minco couldn't find an answer.
The Warriors jumped out to a 22-0 lead after scoring on their first three drives in the second quarter. Quarterback Tyler Freeman scored on a 4-yard sneak before Jordan Littrell and Jalen Domebo capped drives with scores from 15 and 1 yard out, respectively.
Littrell and Domebo combined for 137 of Apache's 197 rushing yards in the first half.
After Matt Atkison rushed 9 yards for Minco's first touchdown, the Warriors capped their final drive of the half with a 47-yard scoring run from Damian Toles, extending their lead to 30-6.
“They changed their defense to what we do,” Apache coach Larry McDaniel said after the game. “It took us a few possessions to get our schemes down, but once we made the adjustments, our jet-sweeps and counters started working.”
Minco had a number of opportunities to come back in the second half.
After Apache's defense pulled Shannon Williams down in the end zone for a safety and a 32-6 lead, the Warriors' offense fumbled the ball away on four consecutive drives.
However, Minco came away with just one score off the turnovers, a Ringo Garrett 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Apache's defense held the Bulldogs to 248 total yards and picked off quarterback Hunter Jones three times.
Littrell, who rushed for 179 of Apache's 405 yards on the ground, capped the game with a 51-yard touchdown run.
“At the end of the second and into the third quarter, we got relaxed and played sloppy, “ McDaniel said. “It led to some turnovers, but I'm proud of the way the defense cleaned it up.”
With the win, Apache advances to the third round of the Class A playoffs to face Afton.