When Durham Riverside threatened to make things interesting, the relentless Apex offense pulled away for a 49-25 nonconference football victory Friday night.
Junior running back Isaiah Totten led the charge for the Cougars (3-1). He rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns, including two scoring runs of 10 and 63 yards after the Pirates cut the lead to 35-25 early in the fourth period.
“The offense was productive and really responded and that’s one thing we preached and coached in the off week, that whatever the game situation, we need to come back and move the ball and take care of business,” Apex coach Joe Kilby said.
Apex quarterback Grayson Boyd threw three first-half touchdowns to Brandon Cox and the Cougars led 28-13 at halftime. On the first two plays of the second half, Boyd completed a 39-yard pass to Cox and Totten scored on a 26-yard run for the 35-13 lead.
Riverside rallied for two quick scores – a 10-yard touchdown pass from Diante Strothers to Troy Hill and a 1-yard run by Strothers – but Apex answered with its final two scores.
Boyd had the three touchdown passes, completed 10 of 16 passes for 223 yards, and ran for 16.
Riverside fell to 1-4, but coach Chris Howell saw improvement from his team.
“The offense was playing pretty good, but turnovers hurt us,” Howell said. “Defensively we’re quite young, taking our bruises, playing established coaches and established programs.”
Apex opens conference play next week against Middle Creek.