Apex takes down Apex Friendship 38-28 in Game of the Week

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Apex knocks off rival Apex Friendship 38-28 for third win in a row against the Patriots.

APEX, N.C. (WTVD) -- Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert said he would light the town water tower the color of the winning team in the eighth edition of the "Backyard Brawl."

Well, light it green.

That's because Apex High School took down Apex Friendship 38-28 on Friday night in the Game of the Week.

Early on it looked like it might be a different story after the Patriots jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. But after quarterback Chase Klingemann ran for a score to get the Cougars on the board, Apex went on to score 21 unanswered points.

Friendship responded and the game was tied at 21 at halftime.

Apex put it away late when Klingemann ran for another touchdown and then Elias Jeffries intercepted a pass to seal the deal.

"We always talk about if adversity hits how you respond. That's life, right?" said Apex coach John Mozerka. "What a response that was. What a response all the way around by these kids."

Both teams came into conference play 3-0 but only the Cougars left unblemished. Apex also improved to 6-1 overall while the Patriots fell to 5-2 overall.

"That water tower is green again," Mozerka added.

Both teams have the exact same record heading into the matchup at 5-1 and 3-0 in conference play.