By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
West needed to convert a first down late in the game to keep the Apaches from having a chance to tie the game.
Tommy Cole swept around the left side, got the necessary yardage, and smartly went down to the turf in bounds to keep the clock rolling.
Time expired, and the Warriors earned a 14-6 win over crosstown rival South in a defensive battle.
The wind played a crucial part of the game.
South won the toss and opted to kick with the wind.
On the first play from the 20-yard line, West’s Emmanuel Goyta broke through the middle and scampered 80 yards for a touchdown.
Neither team moved the ball the rest of the half, and the Warriors were able to get another break-away run midway through the third when Miguel Beltran swept to a 64-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Warrior lead.
The Apaches scored with less than two minutes to play when Bryton Windom scored on a 39-yard touchdown run to narrow the score to 14-6.
But the Warriors recovered the onside kick and never gave up the ball in the final moments of the game to preserve the Warrior win.
“I told the kids we need at least one first down, and I told them to stay in bounds,” West coach Butch King said. “That is exactly what they did.”
West moved the ball but the Apache defense ended the threats short of the end zone.
“Two big plays was the difference in the game,” King said. “The defense played spectacular. Offense played well, too. If you move the ball consistently, you will eventually hit a big one.”
Both teams are now 3-2 and will travel to Garden City. South will face Kenneth Henderson, and West will take on Abe Hubert.