by Ryan Mosser
It was a packed house as the Imps of Cary High School took on the Cougars of Apex. On a perfect night for football, both sides were enthusiastic about the prospect of taking home the Great American Rivalry Series trophy.
Just prior to kick-off the United States Air Force presented the Scholar Athlete Awards to the member of each team with the highest GPA. After the coin toss, it was now time for the “Brawl by the Mall” and everyone was more than ready. In the first quarter, there was a battle between the defenses, but Apex quarterback Adam Nelson hooked up with running back Shawn Knox for a 12-yard touchdown with less than 2 minutes left in the quarter. At the end of one it was 7-0 Cougars.
The second quarter was just as even as the first. Cary tied the game up at seven, the crowd was incredibly excited. After more of the same defensive success for both sides, Apex scored again with 2:24 left in the half. With a 14-7 lead for the Cougars, it looked like that would be the half time score, until Cary put the ball in the end zone with 7 seconds left in the half. The score was 14-14 at the half and the second half was a guaranteed slugfest.
In the third quarter, Cary took the lead on a 1-yard run from R.J. Banks. The Imps had a 21-14 lead and it seemed like they may be in control. Apex struck back with a touchdown of their own and heading into the fourth quarter it was a 21-21 game.
On the first play of the fourth quarter Cary scored to take the 28-21 lead. Apex had an opportunity to answer, but they were sacked on fourth down as time was winding down. As soon as Cary touched the ball Deandre Henry took off for another touchdown that iced the game for a 35-21 victory.
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- Cary vs. Apex – 2010