The first half couldn’t have started – or finished – any better for Holly Springs on Friday.
Tray Staten and Chris McKoy combined for 204 yards on the ground and Davis Ferguson tossed for 125 yards and a touchdown to lead Holly Springs to a 28-14 homecoming victory, its first 4-2 start in school history and its fifth straight win over Apex (3-3, 2-1).
Yavel Morris returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown just 49 seconds into the game and Staten added a five-yard touchdown shortly after as the Golden Hawks led 14-0 just 3:02 into the game.
With 1:28 remaining in the half, Ferguson hooked up with Alex Luedeke on a 53-yard touchdown strike. On the ensuing Apex possession, Dawson Wright picked off a Boyd Pass to set up the Hawks deep in Cougar territory and Staten added his second touchdown of the game as time expired in the half for what proved to be the final points of the game.
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With Holly Springs leading 21-14 and 1:00 remaining in the first half, Wright picked off a Grayson Boyd pass to set up Holly Springs at the Cougar 28-yard line. Five plays later, Staten scored on a toss sweep.
They said it
“One’s quick and fast and one’s fast and strong.” – Holly Springs coach Robert Furth on his running back tandem of Tray Staten and Chris McKoy.
Three who mattered
Yavel Morris, Holly Springs: The senior returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, was a homecoming king nominee at halftime and returned the second half kickoff 46 yards.
Davis Ferguson, Holly Springs: Ferguson completed seven of his eight pass attempts for 125 yards including a 53-yard scoring strike to Alex Luedeke and a 55-yard completion to Trent Granholm.
Grayson Boyd, Apex: The quarterback rushed for both Cougar touchdowns, including a 73-yard scamper.
By the numbers
3:02: Time it took for HS to score two touchdowns.
487: Yards rushing for McKoy during the four-game win streak.
0: Second half points.