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As the 1969 high school football season opened, Fike High served powerful notice that any team with state championship notions would have to beat the Cyclones first as they pulverized Wilmington Hoggard 67-13 in the season opener Sept. 12, 1969.
Fike, which had won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A title in 1967 and 1968, demonstrated its intent to win a then-unprecedented third straight state crown by waylaying the Vikings without the services of star senior running back Carlester Crumpler. Instead, senior Phil Lamm and sophomore Allen Bass pierced holes in the Hoggard defense as each scored three touchdowns and rushed for more than 100 yards. Fike totaled 475 yards on the ground and its three quarterbacks combined for 75 more through the air.
The first quarter was all Lamm as the speedster scored on three consecutive possessions, finding the end zone from 34, 36 and 34 yards for a 20-0 lead.
Bass went to work in the second quarter, hitting paydirt from 9 and 16 yards, before Cyclones head coach Henry Trevathan opened his aerial assault. Quarterback Greg Fulghum connected with junior Billy Farris on a 38-yard scoring strike.
Sophomore QB Dennis Wilkerson darted 14 yards and foreign exchange student Risto Suomalainen added his fourth extra-point kick to complete the 27-point onslaught in the second quarter and give Fike a 47-0 lead at halftime.
After the Vikings finally reached the end zone, junior halfback Willie Williams zipped 43 yards for another Wilson TD in the third quarter.
Tommy Davis crunched in from a yard out in the fourth and Bass completed his fine night with a 35-yard scoring jaunt.
The Fike defense was led by Dan Killebrew, Ed Copeland, Mark Wenger, Ed McAnulty, William Wooten, Barry Elkins, Wayne Musslewhite, Harry Lamm, Aubrey Moore, and Billy Taylor, but the night belonged to the Cyclones offense, which set a school record for points scored. That mark stood for 19 years until Fike beat C.B. Aycock 70-0 on Oct. 9, 1998.
Lamm had 129 yards on just six carries while Bass totaled 113 yards on 16 rushes. Williams finished with 92 yards on eight carries and had a 35-yard scoring run called back due to a penalty.
Each quarterback — George Wilkerson, Dennis Wilkerson and Fulghum — each completed a pass with Lamm, Farris and John Anthony on the receiving end.
The Cyclones, with 35 players on the roster and three- and four-deep at nearly every position, were going to be a problem once again in 1969 and the Greenville Rose Rampants would be the next team to find out.