The Bee’s No. 7 Apaches overcame four first-half turnovers and a late scare from the unranked Warriors to hold on for the season-opening win at McLane Stadium.

Sanger took the lead for good with 9:03 left on Jacob Tijerina’s 1-yard plunge.

Fresno marched back down the field, getting a key fourth-down conversion from explosive quarterback Khory Day, before the Apaches held their ground at their 29-yard line with 3:05 to play.

Miguel Garcia carried four straight plays while picking up 34 yards to help Sanger run out the clock.

“Finish, hold the ball and let’s get this W,” Garcia, who finished with 145 yards rushing, said of the final drive.

Garcia scored on a 2-yard run and Andrew Azua added a 10-yard scoring run as Sanger built a 21-7 lead in the third quarter.

Fresno rallied on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Day to Lee Major and a 1-yard TD run by Alonzo Pollard in the third quarter to tie the score at 21-21.

Fresno was playing without Coach Ray Reyes, who stepped down in early August because of health concerns.

Reyes will stay on at Fresno as an assistant athletic director, according to to athletic director Dave Barton, and will mentor interim coach Joe Marquez and his assistants. Marquez, who was the Warriors’ offensive coordinator last year, is in his third season at Fresno.

Reyes was in his second stint as Fresno coach.

“Our goal was to get the program where it should be, where we can compete for league titles,” Barton said. “And Ray has done that. He’s put health back into the program.”

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NYL Standings

Fresno  4-1 7-3
Reedley  0-5 0-10
Sunnyside  5-0 8-2
Hoover  3-2 3-7
McLane  1-4 1-9
Roosevelt  2-3 2-8