FUQUAY-VARINA — In a contest of two of the four teams tied for the four spot in the SWAC 4A conference, Cary and Fuquay-Varina battled against each other in their yearly grudge match on Fuquay’s Senior Night.
Despite it being senior night for the Bengals, it was a junior who stole the show as Damarus Williams (167 yards on 29 carries) was responsible for much of the Fuquay ground game in a 24-14 home win against the visiting Cary High Imps.
“Felt good tonight running the ball,” Williams said. “My lineman’s blocking for me, we have team chemistry. Everything was there, we had our team unity.”
Fuquay’s Eric Sugarman (29 yards on 11 carries) got the scoring started on an end-around play, running it in from 7 yards to give the Bengals an early 7-0 lead.
After Fuquay-Varina stopped Cary and forced a punt, Sugarman returned it back inside Imps territory, setting up senior quarterback Tyler Williams for a keeper running it in from 9 yards out.
Cary put points on the board on its fourth possession of the first half as Trevion Hackney (62 yards on 8 carries) rounded the corner and then took it 42 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown.
Fuquay took an offensive blow in the first half as quarterback Tyler Williams was injured on the Bengals’ final drive of the first half. “We’ve got to put one game at a time. We want to try to win this one, then the next one,” Fuquay-Varina coach Jeb Hall said. “We want to be 1-0 next week. I told them the playoffs have already started.”
The Bengals added another score on their first possession of the second half as Damarus Williams ran it in from 8 yards out, making it 21-7 and basically sealing the win for Fuquay.
The Imps kept it close as Isaiah Gibbons (71 yards on 8 carries) ran it from 11 yards out, making it 21-14 with just over 7 minutes left in the game.
William Mann, the Fuquay-Varina kicker, closed out the scoring with a 26-yard field goal.