CARY — The Cary Imps used a big second half from Trevion Hackney to blow out Cardinal Gibbons 47-26 on Friday night.
Hackney scored on back-to-back possession in the third quarter to pad what had been a 20-19 halftime lead.
He finished with five touchdowns, including four rushing. Hackney had 117 yards rushing and Isaiah Gibbons had 134.
“My O-line stepped up tonight,” Gibbons said. “We just hit all the holes, and had a big time game tonight. We need to build on that though. I think in the future we’re going to be way better than we are now if our o-line keeps working hard in practice.”
The Cary offensive line made the difference for Cary. The Imps ran the ball 69 times, piling up 289 yards and six touchdowns.
“(The O-line) is a big ’ol blade on a bulldozer,” said Cary coach Kurt Glendenning. “They’re close together, hard to penetrate. They’ve got a lot of push to them. They are the single reason why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
The Imps were in a fight from the beginning, however. Crusaders quarterback Shawn Stankavage hit James Sriraman for a 40-yard score just 42 seconds into the game. Cary responded on their next drive as quarterback Scott Kinsey, who only attempted six passes for the game, connected with Hackney.
The back-and-forth battle would continue until Gibbons’ run with 7:16 left in the first half turned things around for the Imps.
“We were kind of nervous going into halftime. But our coaches got us amped up and excited to come out and finish this game,” Gibbons said. “We wanted to shock the world tonight.”