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In their 1969 season farewell to Cyclone Country Stadium, the Fike High Cyclones polished off Greensboro Smith 35-14 and earned a third straight trip to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A football championship game.
With its 11th straight victory on the evening of Nov. 21, 1969, Fike moved a step from its unbeaten final championship season. Unlike the previous Friday when the Cyclones barely survived another Smith — E.E. of Fayetteville — Fike’s victory over Greensboro Smith was rarely in doubt.
The Cyclones seized the lead on quarterback George Wilkerson’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Clark Davis in the first quarter. Mike Foster’s extra-point kick made it 7-0. The Golden Eagles retaliated on Tony Townsend’s 90-yard TD run after they intercepted a Wilkerson pass at its 5-yard line.
But Smith was not prepared to match Fike’s weaponry. Sensational senior fullback Carlester Crumpler thundered 73 yards for his 24th TD of the season and a 14-7 Fike lead in the second quarter.
Fike senior wingback Ricky Barnes hit pay dirt from 33 and 2 yards in the third quarter while the Cyclones defense held Smith, which finished 10-2, at bay. The Golden Eagles blocked a punt for their other TD while junior Robert Clark scored from a yard out in the fourth quarter for Fike.
Crumpler put together another outstanding performance with 242 yards on 15 carries. His junior understudy, Willie Williams, enjoyed a big night as well. He ran for 111 yards as Fike amassed 410 yards on the ground, nearly twice as much as Smith. Williams also caught three passes for 34 yards.
Wilkerson threw for 86 yards on 4-of-7 passing while his younger brother Dennis, a sophomore, completed 2 of 3 for 15 yards. George Wilkerson had a first-half interception while Clark picked off a pass that set up Barnes’ first TD in the third quarter.
Fike would hit the road for the second time in three years to play a state championship game. This time the destination was Winston-Salem where the West champion, Atkins High, was waiting.