RALEIGH — Cary and Athens Drive finished their seasons with losing records, but fans departed the Jaguars' field Friday night feeling both teams deserved another game.
Cary felt that way because the injury-riddled Imps played their most complete effort of the season in churning out 355 rushing yards en route to a 28-23 win.
"We weren't fighting from behind like other games," first-year coach Cary coach Kurt Glendenning said. "That was our most complete game -- our most complete fight."
Athens Drive, because the Jaguars coaches and players made room in their starting lineup for senior Coby Weston to experience one snap this season. His doctors diagnosed his cancer in remission last month and cleared him to play Friday night.
Weston's season had seemingly ended when he was diagnosed on Aug. 23 with Hodgkins' Lymphoma, but his body responded to the chemotherapy. He was not only dressed for the game, he took the field with the starters at right offensive tackle for Athens Drive's first snap of the game.
Quarterback John Politis promptly spiked the ball. An announcement was made that Weston was in remission as the fans cheered and regular starter junior Tyler Smith trotted on the field to substitute in for him.
"That was a classy act on their part," said Glendenning, who added Athens Drive head coach Chris Martin informed him before the game of his plan.
Athens Drive entered the contest clinging to slim playoff hopes if it beat Cary and received help from other teams, but both the Jaguars and Imps finished with overall records of 4-7 and 2-5 in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference.
Cary running back Trevion Hackney carried 23 times for 183 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Imps. Hackney scored on runs of 77, 14, 16 and 8 yards. The 8-yarder gave the Imps a 28-17 lead with 9:59 left in the game. Cary kept moving the chains with Hackney's big runs mixed in with Isaiah Gibbons grinding out 96 yards on 22 carries.
"We're very happy with this win," Hackney said. "This was our last chance to try and get a win, and we came out here as a family."
Dominique Lynch led the Jaguars with 24 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 19 and 43 yards. He also caught three balls for 36 yards and 217 total yards.
Mark Stallings caught three passes for 55 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown reception. "We were inconsistent," Martin said.