A little homecoming magic was in the air Friday night at Apex High.
The Cougars erased a 17-0 first-quarter deficit, Nathan Davis kicked a game-tying 35-yard field goal with two seconds remaining and Ian Boyd caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Duke Fruehauf in overtime as Apex pulled out a wild 37-34 victory over the Cary Imps.
Cary (1-4) struck first in overtime with a 29-yard field goal by Quinn Dunphy for a 34-31 lead.
Cougars starting quarterback Grayson Boyd was then shaken up on a second-down play during Apex’s possession and the sophomore Fruehauf came off the bench for the third-and-five play. Fruehuaf, who has played only sparingly all season, hit Ian Boyd in the back corner of the end zone for the win.
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But the Cougars (3-2) trimmed the deficit to 20-14 at halftime thanks to a pair of catch-and-run touchdown passes to Isaiah Totten and Totten then twice scored go-ahead touchdowns in the second half.
Three who mattered
Quinn Dunphy, Cary: The kicker made good on all four of his field goal attempts, connecting from 32, 43, 29 and 29 yard. He also twice pinned the Cougars inside their own 20 yard line with punts.
The Cary pass defense: Jeff Gavalier and J.T. Berkowitz each picked off Apex passes.
Isaiah Gibbons, Cary: 186 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries.
By the numbers
16:25: Amount of time it took the Imps to match their season high point total of 20.
175: Combined penalty yards on 21 total penalties.
6: Number of lead changes in the second half and overtime.