The Apalachee High School Wildcats played inspired football Friday night, especially on defense, but were not quite able to break into the win column.
AHS would fall to visiting Clarke Central 35-21 in a game that was still in doubt until late in the fourth quarter. The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-5 overall and 0-4 within Region 8-AAAAA.
The AHS defense had its back again the wall early, but held Clarke Central on the Gladiators' first two drives. The Wildcat defense forced Clarke Central to try a 29-yard field goal on the game's first series but the attempt failed.
Apalachee then gave the football right back to the Gladiators on an interception on its second offensive play of the contest. Clarke Central, however, would eventually miss a 24-yard field goal.
The Gladiators finally put the first points of the game on the scoreboard with 7:19 left before halftime on a 1-yard run.
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