Published: Sep 25, 2006 12:44 PM
Modified: Sep 25, 2006 12:44 PM
Apex High may have needed a few weeks, but the Cougars offense has finally caught up with the defense.
After scoring only 14 points in two early-season losses, Apex has scored an average of 36.5 points in its last two games, including a 38-0 blanking of Eastern Wayne High on Friday night that improved the Cougars record to 3-2.
The offense got a spark two weeks ago when coach Bob Wolfe replaced starting quarterback Mike Billings with sophomore Houston Hawley.
We just felt like we needed to try something a little bit different, Wolfe said. We just werent moving the ball quite as well and it wasnt necessarily one or the others fault at all, but sometimes you just feel like you need to change something just to see if itll work. We did and its been pretty good so far.
With the offense putting up its two highest scoring performances of the season. Apex appears to be in great standing heading into Tri-Eight Conference play.
Its been very good, Hawley said. Everybodys been clicking on all cylinders for the past two games.
Senior safety Rayshad Horton attributes the turnaround to the offense.
[There was a] change of attitude, he said. The offense went out there in practice and started picking it up.
Along with the added production from Hawley, the offense got a boost on Friday from tailback Kevin Fogg, who broke touchdown runs of 95 and 71 yards and finished the night with 166 yards.
The encouraging play on the offense has given Wolfe a better feeling about the Cougars chances in the conference.
Were probably in much better shape than we wouldve been after the second or third game, he said. Weve got a very balanced league and I think anybody can beat anybody on any given night.
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