ROCKINGHAM -- In a season where the Cary football team lost four one-possession games, the Imps battled their way into the postseason as tested in close games as any team in the 4AA Mideast pod.
Against powerhouse Richmond though, it wasn’t going to be easy to keep it that close.
For the first time all year, an opposing team was able to pull away from Cary as the bigger, stronger, faster Richmond County beat the Imps 40-7 in the first-round of the playoffs Friday.
The Raiders scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 54-yard weaving touchdown run by Dakwa Nichols on an option pitch.
“The hardest thing was to simulate their athleticism and their speed. First play of the game, we’ve got numbers and we just don’t get there,” said Cary coach Ben Kolstad.
But Cary (5-6) had an answer, needing just 13 seconds to receive a kickoff and line up for a 59-yard run by senior Marquise Sherrod-Ponds.
Richmond’s first score included a blocked PAT, and Cary led 7-6 after the extra point from Phillip Thomas.
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