Cary made it a habit of waiting until the end of the half to score against Broughton, but when Isaiah Gibbons rumbled into the end zone with just 38 seconds remaining it was enough to give Cary a 10-7 lead and first-year head coach Mike Kirst his win.
The Imps scored their first points of the game as the horn sounded to go into the half. After failing on two passes from the 3-yard line, kicker Quinn Dunphy connected on a 20-yard field goal to pull within four, 7-3.
It would take almost 24 minutes before either team to put a dent on the score board when Gibbons put Cary ahead for good.
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With 1:41 remaining in the third quarter, Cary blocked Broughton’s Eli Kinney 23-yard field goal and recovered it. Rather than going into the fourth quarter down by seven points, the lead was just 7-3.
Three who mattered
Jeff Gavalier, Cary: Although he only had three carries, none was bigger for Cary than a 17-yard rush by Gavalier — who served as the Imps quarterback on their game winning drive — that had the home team knocking on the red zone with three minutes remaining.
The two-way senior also clinched the game for the Imps when he picked off Keyon Hicks’ last effort pass as time expired.
“He’s a good leader for us, he’s really the leader of our defense,” Kirst said. “He just gives us a change of pace at the quarterback position which allows us to do some different things.”
Isaiah Gibbons, Cary: Gibbons was a workhorse for Cary Friday night, carrying 21 times for 77 yards. He also picked up 35 more through the air.
His 112 all-purpose yards was the most for either team and he was the only player to top the century mark.
Sherrod McKoy, Broughton: Broughton struggled to move the ball all night, but the team’s lone scoring drive of the night only took one play to execute. McKoy caught a 43-yard bomb from Owen Wilkinson — nearly losing the ball before batting it back to himself — to give the Caps the early lead.
They said it
“It felt so amazing,” Gavalier said of ending the game with an interception. “I’ve been waiting of that play my whole life. I just saw it and I jumped on it and I took advantage of it.”
By the numbers
135: The number of penalty yards Broughton had on 18 flags. In comparison, Cary had 87 yards of penalties on just 11 calls.
16 to 13: Cary had three more first downs than Broughton, including five in the fourth quarter. The Caps only had six first downs after the 11:47 mark in the second half — they had seven over the first 13 minutes of play.
2-for-2: Cary only made it to the red zone twice — running 11 plays on their two trips. However, they were able to pick up points on both drives that made it inside the 20.
Broughton ran six plays inside the red zone Friday night, all during a fruitless trip, ending in a blocked field goal, in the third quarter.