By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Only 12 South Apaches suited up for Thursday’s annual Crosstown Clash, and while the dozen could not match the West Warriors’
firepower, they continued to represent their school until the final horn sounded.
The Warriors, keyed by Britton Abbott and Mauricio Neal, rolled to a
“South was short-handed,” West coach Cliff Abbott said. “They battled, everyone on the field, the whole night. They never quit, and I was proud of them. They had a great scheme. Our kids worked hard, they did what we do and executed pretty well. Played pretty aggressive. I was pleased. You want both teams to do well.”
West started early with an onside kick and a score four plays later by Mauricio Neal.
On the last play of the first quarter, West added a 25-yard touchdown pass from Abbott to Neal for a 16-0 lead.
West recovered another onside kick and Abbott scored on a 24-yard run for a 24-0 lead.
Neal blocked an Apache punt attempt, and Abbott recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
South fumbled another snap to the punter, and Neal scored on an 18- yard run for a 36-0 lead.
West opened the second half with a 61-yard pass from Abbott to Neal for a touchdown and a 43-0 lead.
South scored with 4:23 remaining on a 45-yard drive that ended with a Mauricio Calderon three-yard run for a touchdown.
West responded with a 29-yard touchdown run by Neal for a 50-6 Warrior lead.
West added another score late in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass from Abbott to Neal for the 67-6 win.
“We had a couple of players suspended and other with the H1N1 virus,”
South coach Merle Chesbro said. “We had to go to a no-huddle offense.
I was proud of our players. It’s not fun getting beat, but we want to keep working with this offense. For our personnel, it works for us.”
Both teams travel to Garden City Thursday. West (4-1) will face Abe Hubert while South (0-5) will take on Kenneth Henderson.
“What stood out to me was the tremendous effort South gave,” Abbott said. “They started from the get-go and competed. I am excited about these two units are now one unit as they go on.”