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Just three years earlier, it would have been unthinkable for Fike High to hand Raleigh Broughton a 33-0 defeat in varsity football but by the fifth game of the 1969, it was almost expected of the mighty Cyclones.
On its way to a third straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championship, Fike blistered the Caps in the rivalry’s biggest blowout since Fike opened its doors in the fall of 1958.
While the Cyclones put forth not even close to their best effort of the season, Broughton stood little chance. The Caps managed just 56 yards on the ground and 28 through the air while coughing up two fumbles and throwing two interceptions.
In posting their second shutout, the Cyclones rose to 5-0 despite two lost fumbles of their own. Senior linebacker Stuart Walston blocked a Raleigh punt, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run by Fike quarterback George Wilkerson, who completed 4-of-13 pass attempts for 57 yards, including an 8-yard TD toss to senior Chip Gibbons for Fike’s second TD. It was the most pass attempts on the season to date for Wilkerson.
Star senior running back Carlester Crumpler used his skills on the defensive side as he intercepted a Broughton aerial and returned it 31 yards for a TD as Fike opened up a 19-0 lead by halftime.
Crumpler electrified the partisan crowd at Cyclone Country Stadium with an 80-yard dash to the end zone in the third quarter. Crumpler finished with 147 yards on 12 carries although Fike had its lowest rushing total of the season with just 197 yards.
Senior speedster Phil Lamm did not play after being injured the week before, hampering the Cyclones’ running game.
Gibbons finished the scoring with a 61-yard punt return TD later in the third quarter.
The margin would have been greater but Fike lost a fumble in the Broughton end zone that negated six points for the home team.
John Anthony had Fike’s other interception while Walston, Billy Farris and Steve Coggins had pass deflections. The Cyclones preserved the shutout by stopping the Caps on the Fike 1-yard line on the game’s final play.
Fike would remain home the following week as it welcomed New Bern as the next victim on a very special homecoming night at Cyclone Country Stadium.