While the Healdton Bulldogs have shown they are back this season with two wins under their belt, they nearly got a much needed shot in the arm Friday night to open district play.

While the Healdton Bulldogs have shown they are back this season with two wins under their belt, they nearly got a much needed shot in the arm Friday night to open district play.

Unfortunately, the Apache Warriors were in no mood to be the victim of an upset.

A late touchdown in the third quarter helped Apache escape with a 15-14 victory over the Bulldogs at Warrior Field, as Healdton fell to 2-2 on the season. 

Colton Pickelsimer got the Bulldogs on the board in the first quarter with a 15 yard touchdown run before Fabian Bode added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Isreal Madril collected an interception and returned it 52 yards for the touchdown to make it 14-0 after the extra point.

Apache struck back just before halftime with a six yard touchdown run, making it 14-8 after the two point conversion.

Then in the third quarter the Warriors broke loose for a 79 yard touchdown pass to take the lead after the successful extra point.

Pickelsimer finished the game with 22 carries for 100 yards, while Josh Harvey had 26 carries for 127 yards.

Madri totaled two interceptions in the game.

Healdton is back at home Friday night taking on Ringling in a district contest against the Blue Devils.