Jordan Logan, like Sanderson’s chances Thursday night, appeared to be bottled up before suddenly springing free.
Logan scored on a 68-yard touchdown run with 3:53 to play to lift the Spartans to a 22-21 victory over host Apex.
The Cougars took a brief lead when quarterback Grayson Boyd hooked up with Ian Boyd for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 4:16 showing. But on the first play of Sanderson’s ensuing possession, Logan took a handoff up the middle and was momentarily lost in traffic before breaking free for the end zone.
“I just had to switch arms (with the football) to get off some of the bodies that were on my legs,” Logan said. “Just have to keep pushing.”
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Logan finished with 186 yards on 23 carries and Justin Dunn tossed for 136 more yards as Sanderson (1-2) broke into the win column.
Grayson Boyd completed 18 passes for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Ian Boyd, while Isaiah Totten rushed for 73 yards and a score for Apex (1-2).
Dunn hooked up with Austin Lane and Geoma Ward for touchdowns in the first half before sitting out most of the second half with an injury.
Thursday marked the third straight year an 0-2 Sanderson team has faced Apex in Week 3 and came out victorious.
“We’re a really young team and we’re playing a lot of young kids,” Spartan coach Ben Kolstad said.
With less than 4 minutes to play, Logan appeared to be bottled up on a first-down handoff but jostled himself free and scampered 68 yards for the go-ahead score. On the ensuing kickoff, Apex was pinned at its own seven-yard line.
They said it
Kolstad on first win of season: “We found a way to win and that’s all that matters right now.”
Three who mattered
Ian Boyd, Apex: The wide receiver hauled in six catches for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Jordan Logan, Sanderson: 170 of his 186 yards came after halftime.
Jude Upchurch, Apex: The linebacker had an interception and a blocked field goal for the Cougars.
By the numbers
7: Consecutive passes completed to start the game by Grayson Boyd.
2: 49-yard passes caught by Sanderson’s Austin Lane, one of which was good for a touchdown.
136: Yards passing by Dunn in the first half on just five completions.
-1: Combined yards on the first play of Apex’s 12 possessions.
16: First-half yards by Logan.
23: Seconds separating touchdowns by Ian Boyd and Logan.