The Broughton Caps opened their 2016 football campaign with a 61-36 victory over the visiting Apex Cougars, 61-36. Both teams came out firing on all cylinders Friday night, only to have the game delayed and eventually postponed at the half due to lightning in the area.
The Caps were anxious to get on the field and get started Friday night, as Broughton coach Chris Dawson kicked off his inaugural campaign. Devone Jackson proved Dawson and his coaching staff had them ready to play. Jackson took the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. Metak Wiggins then recovered an Apex fumble on the ensuing kickoff, leading to a Cliff Davis 2-yard touchdown run, giving Broughton an early 14-0 lead.
Apex evened the score in the second quarter, just to have Broughton score three more touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half.
With the Caps leading 35-22, third quarter gridiron action continued Saturday afternoon.
The Caps (1-0) continued their momentum early in the third.
Capping a six-minute drive, Devone Jackson connected with Tyair Smith on a halfback pass for a 29-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 41-22.
Led by both the arms and the legs of quarterback Cliff Chavis, the Caps continued to roll and added 2 more touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. Chavis scored on a 9-yard run and then threw for another, extending the Broughton lead to 54-22 in the middle of the fourth.
Apex showed some fight and bounced back with two quick scores of their own. Quentin Hunter-Colvin caught a six-yard pass from Duke Fruehauf. Then Fruehauf threw for a second touchdown two minutes later.
After the matchup, Broughton head coach Chris Dawson was proud of the way his team played.
“We focused on three things all summer. Work hard. Have fun. And play the game for each other, not for the individual,” Dawson said. “We need to keep this momentum and we need to get a lot better and limit the mistakes to keep this going.”
With 6:15 to go in the third quarter, Devone Jackson connected with Tyair Smith on a half back pass for a 29 yard touchdown to extend the lead to 41-22. This seemed to take the wind out of the sails of the visiting Cougars, as the Caps added 2 more touchdowns early in the fourth.
THREE TO KNOW
Cliff Chavis, Broughton: The quarterback had four touchdowns, completed 13 of 24 passing for 200 yards and added 86 yards on 15 carries rushing.
Duke Fruehauf, Apex: Threw for 348 yards passing and was part of four of the Cougars’ five touchdowns.
Wade Clayton, Apex: Leading receiver in the game with 225 yards on 6 catches.
BY THE NUMBERS
97: Points combined.
14: Both teams had to endure a 14-hour overnight delay due to weather.
548: Total yards passing by the two starting quarterbacks.
2: How many days it took to complete the game.