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The Fike High Cyclones finished the 1968 varsity football regular season with a glimpse of the 1969 season as Fike pounded Wilmington Hoggard 26-0, using a bevy of players up from the junior varsity … more
Fike High celebrated homecoming on Nov. 1, 1968, with a 28-14 varsity football win over visiting Enloe High of Raleigh that didn’t look so promising at halftime for the defending state 4-A … more
With 13 points in the first quarter and a 27-0 lead at halftime, the Fike High Cyclones took a big step toward defending their state championship from 1967 with a 33-14 win at New Hanover High in … more
A week after a disappointing loss, the Fike High Cyclones righted themselves in the middle of their 1968 championship season with a 6-3 victory over hated rival Goldsboro on a rainy Friday night, … more
The Fike High Cyclones got a dose of reality from a familiar source in the sixth game of the 1968 varsity football season. Fike, on its way to the second of its three straight North Carolina High … more
From the game’s first play of scrimmage, the air space over the field at Cyclone Country Stadium at Fike High belonged to the Cyclones in their 35-0 blitzkrieg of archrival Rocky Mount Senior … more
FIKE @ 50 After spotting host Raleigh Broughton an early touchdown, the Fike High Cyclones played impeccably on both sides of the line in a 17-7 win on Friday, Sept. 27, 1968 — the third win of … more
FIKE @ 50 In workmanlike fashion, the Fike High Cyclones carved up the Jacksonville Cardinals for a 28-6 win in the first game of the 1968 season to be played at Fike’s Cyclone Country … more
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
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