Cardinal Gibbons and Cary demonstrated ain it is often foolish to predict results based on comparative scores.
Cardinal Gibbons appeared set for an easy time with the Imps based on last week’s openers. But as it turned out, the Crusaders needed three impressive second-half touchdown drives to pull away for a 40-27 victory in the non-conference contest Friday night at Cardinal Gibbons’ stadium.
A week ago, Cardinal Gibbons had a near-upset of Green Hope in a 24-23 loss, while Cary was routed 41-14 by Broughton. Green Hope is a contender in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference, the same league that has Cary projected in the bottom half. Meanwhile, Broughton was projected to finish with a winless season.
Well, so much for sizing up those two results as Cary took leads of 6-0 and 13-6 and trailed only 20-13 at halftime. But Cardinal Gibbons’ offense was too much in the second half with scoring receptions of 18 yards by Earl Gill, 18 yards by James Sriraman and a 45-yard run by Dalen Spruil for a 40-20 lead with 11:33 left in the game.
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“We took last week’s loss really hard,” Sriraman said. “We worked really hard this week in practice to get it back.”
Sriraman also caught a 60-yard TD and five passes in all for 98 yards. Gill grabbed seven receptions for 67 yards
Cardinals Gibbons (1-1) also showed its Cap 8 3A rivals it has several weapons to rely on – including two quarterbacks.
Junior starter Wesley Wagner was 16 of 22 for 240 yards and three touchdowns to three receivers, but he suffered a shoulder or arm injury that knocked him out of the game midway through the third quarter.
Junior Logan Washle relieved him and was 5 of 5 for 87 yards with one touchdown pass while directing two touchdown drives.
“He did d a great job of coming in for us in a tough spot,” Sriraman said. “We hope Wes is OK, but he did a very good job coming in.”
Spruil finished with 16 carries for 108 yards and caught one ball for 33 yards.
Cary dropped to 0-2, but Imps head coach Kurt Glendenning considered this a much improved performance. Cary had fallen behind 40-20 early in the fourth quarter but still put together a touchdown drive that Trevion Hackney finished with a 2-yard run to try and keep things close.
“I’m really proud of our team for not giving up,” Glendenning said. “I don’t think at the end of the game you could tell how disappointed they were, because they were still playing just as hard from the first series to the last series. I’m proud of them for maintaining their composure and fighting through adversity.”
Hackney finished the night with three touchdowns. He also scored on a 60-yard touchdown reception and a 93-yard kickoff return. Quarterback Connor Hill was 8 of 10 passing for 117 yards.