Mangum rallies to top injury-riddled Apache in rain-shortened game
APACHE – When it rains it pours. The Apache Warriors entered Friday night’s contest with the Mangum Tigers with multiple starters out with injuries.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half despite being short-handed, but a continuing string of hurt players left Apache on the short end of a 26-14 score when the game was called due to lightning with 3:03 left in the third quarter.
The Warriors lost Hunter Smith, one of their receivers who also played safety and kicked to a hand injury in the second quarter. Starting quarterback Morgan Claborn carried 23 times in the first half and scored Apache’s first touchdown, was unable to play in the second half.
Apache took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards in eight plays with Claborn carrying four times for 40 yards including the final eight for the TD. Smith kicked the conversion to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead at the 8:06 mark of the opening period.
Claborn engineered another touchdown march midway through the second quarter. This time the drive went 68 yards in 13 plays. Claborn carried five times and completed three passes to set up a 19-yard run by Rylan Penn. Smith again kicked the extra point to put Apache up 14-0 with 5:55 left before intermission.