APACHE — Games to win the district title aren’t supposed to be easy, but the No. 4 Ringling Blue Devils sure made it look that way Friday night at Warrior Field in Apache.

APACHE — Games to win the district title aren’t supposed to be easy, but the No. 4 Ringling Blue Devils sure made it look that way Friday night at Warrior Field in Apache. 

With the District A-4 title on the line, the Blue Devils recorded their sixth shutout of the season, blanking Boone-Apache 26-0 on the road, finishing off a perfect 10-0 regular season. 

Ringling will open the playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Rick Gandy Memorial Stadium against Christian Heritage, the No. 4 seed out of District A-3. 

While this might not be the first district title Ringling coach Phil Koons has won in his career, it is his first as a member of the Blue Devils program.

“It feels great, it is my first year here and I inherited a great group of kids, a good group of seniors and a lot of hard workers,” Koons said. 

“I mean you cannot ask for more than a district championship and an undefeated season thus far.”

While there was no scoring in the first quarter, the Blue Devils made up for lost time before the end of the first half. 

A stout running game and clutch passes fueled a Blue Devils drive which led to the first points of the game.  

Sophomore Kash Lyle ran the ball for 15 yards on the drive and Sam VanBuskirk had two clutch passes on fourth down to set up the games first touchdown. 

Junior Ethan Johnson punched it in from two yards out to give the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead.

After recovering a Warriors fumble, the Blue Devils went right back to work and needed just six plays to extend their advantage. 

This time it was VanBuskirk running in from 26-yards out, making it 13-0 after the Duchaine Paul extra point with 2:14 left before halftime. 

Following the break, Ringling put the game almost out of reach as Scotty Paul ran in a 22-yard touchdown on the Blue Devils first possession of the second half to make it 20-0. 

Kash Lyle finished off the game with less than seven minutes to go in the fourth with a 30-yard touchdown run. 

“We made plays when we needed to (on defense), our backs were against the wall and man we just made plays,” Koons said. 

“Our offensive line blocked well, our running backs blocked well and our quarterback ran the ball well. That is what we do we line up and run the ball. I can’t emphasize enough how well our offensive line blocked.”

Lyle finished the game with 23 carries for 156 yards, while VanBuskirk carried the ball 16 times for 126 yards. He also went 4-of-7 passing for 48 yards on the evening.