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Friday the 13th of September, 1968, was not an unlucky day for the Fike High varsity football team. The Cyclones, the defending North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A champions, shut … more
They are rarely the fastest or the biggest or even the strongest members of the team, but there’s a certain type of football player that is integral to championship teams. For the 1968 Fike High … more
The 1968 varsity football season began in the same manner as the 1967 campaign for Fike High School and the Cyclones were left hoping it would end the same way. Fike, the defending North Carolina … more
Two storylines dominated the landscape of Cyclone Country heading into the 1968 football season, during which Fike High School would attempt to defend its state 4-A football championship. One was … more
The immense respect for head coach Gilbert Ferrell and assistant coach Ted Perry had not dimmed. Both both coaches would readily tell anybody that you play with whoever shows. Thus, 50 years … more
The ingredients of a championship season — talent, skill, coaching, perseverance, dedication, timing and luck — can be found in any sport, along with the epoxy that holds them all together: … more
Whatever paths their lives have traversed in the last half century, members of Fike High’s football team in 1967 are forever bonded by an experience that had an impact far beyond winning the state … more
STEVE BARNES — Starting offensive/defensive lineman. Worked in the roofing industry. Died October 2013. SARVIS BASS — Starting pulling guard. Graduated from N.C. State University. Has … more
Whether it was destiny or determination, the Fike High Cyclones became state champions with a stirring second-half comeback to defeat South Mecklenburg 28-14 in the North Carolina High School … more
The weather outside was frightful, but the outcome of the 1967 Eastern 4-A championship game was simply delightful for the Fike High football team and the loyal Cyclones fans who braved a chilly … more
The toughest game of Fike High’s 1967 state-championship season came from a Greensboro Dudley team in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs on Friday, … more
In a no-pressure regular-season finale, the Fike High Cyclones had some fun in whipping first-year school Wilmington Hoggard 39-13 on Friday, Oct. 10, 1967, the Cyclones’ ninth straight victory … more
With an aerial show that more than made up for a lackluster defensive effort — at least by Fike High standards in the state 4-A football championship season of 1967 — the Cyclones won … more
The Fike High Cyclones christened their brand new football stadium Friday, Oct. 27, 1967, with their seventh straight win — a 23-0 conquest of Wilmington New Hanover — en route to the first of … more
Five decades after it first opened, the Fike High football stadium remains as a monument to community spirit than anything else. The first game was played in the concrete structure on Friday, Oct. … more
GOLDSBORO — In a varsity football season in which many past debts were repaid by the Fike High Cyclones, perhaps none was as hard-fought or ultimately satisfying during their 1967 state 4-A … more
If there were any doubts the Fike High varsity football team was a state title contender in 1967, the Cyclones laid them to rest on Friday, Oct. 13, with an impressive 14-6 victory over previously … more
Carlester Crumpler, the player synonymous with Fike High’s three straight state 4-A football championships in the late 1960s, had a coming out party in the Cyclones’ 14-0 win at archrival Rocky … more
Trevathan. The name inspired both awe and dread in me as an eighth-grader playing tackle football for the first time at Charles L. Coon Middle School in the fall of 1979. Sure, I had heard … more
The lines deeply etched in his face by 89 years on earth, spent mostly under the North Carolina sun, and soft tenor of his voice belie the fire still in Henry Trevathan’s belly. But his eyes … more
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