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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 Fike’s state 4-A championship season.
The Cyclones, who were outgained 275 yards to 206 by the Capitals, didn’t let a scoreless first half deter them from their mission at Devereaux Meadow. Behind the steady 1-2 rushing punch of junior halfback Carlester Crumpler and senior fullback Zeke Church, the Fike offense slowly chewed up the Broughton defense after halftime. Crumpler ran for a game-high 108 yards on 25 carries while Church churned for 83 yards on 19 carries.
Meanwhile, senior quarterback John Wooten dinked and dunked his way to 19 passing yards on six completions.
“It was some game for us to win,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan said with a smile to Wilson Daily Times sports editor Cliff Turner, “all because of the way we had to win. Raleigh ran a nine-man line against us and, before we could settle down, we were behind. We found, later, that we were moving the ball three, four and even five yards at the time. That was our surest way.
“It’s hard to move the ball in a briar patch like Broughton had. It was just a tough row to hoe and it was the kind of game you couldn’t make a mistake in. If we had made mistakes, they would have killed us.”
Fike did make a mistake early, fumbling the ball deep in Caps’ territory. Broughton got on the scoreboard first on a 29-yard pass play with a little more than a minute to go in the first quarter.
Fike finally tied it on Church’s 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and senior Earl Killebrew’s extra-point kick. That came after Fike’s Aubrey Moore recovered a Broughton fumble on the Caps’ 37-yard line.
The winning points came courtesy of Killebrew’s right leg when his 17-yard field-goal attempt was good with 1:32 left in the game.
Broughton had one last shot but junior George Wilkerson intercepted his second pass of the game. This one he returned 60 yards for a TD and an exclamation point on the Fike victory. Killebrew snared an interception on the game’s final play, giving the Cyclones 12 thefts in their last three games.
The victory made Fike 3-1 and set up a game against its archnemesis Rocky Mount the next week back home at Cyclone Country Stadium.