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Defense — it was great!

Cyclones (3-0) punish Bulldogs, 35-0

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Posted 9/27/19

After two games of overwhelming offense to start the 1969 football season, it was time for the Fike High defense to take center stage, which it did with a 35-0 pounding of old rival Durham on Sept. …

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Defense — it was great!

Cyclones (3-0) punish Bulldogs, 35-0

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After two games of overwhelming offense to start the 1969 football season, it was time for the Fike High defense to take center stage, which it did with a 35-0 pounding of old rival Durham on Sept. 26, 1969, at Durham County Stadium.

The Cyclones of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 4-A Eastern Conference Division 2 held the Bulldogs to just 62 yards of offense and even scored on a defensive touchdown as they ran their record to 3-0. Durham, formerly in the Eastern 4-A Conference with Fike but in its first year in the 4-A Central Conference Division 3, plummeted to 1-3.

In the first quarter, defense was the name of the game for both teams, who last met in Fike’s 21-7 win the 1968 4-A semifinals. However, the Cyclones finally broke through on Phil Lamm’s 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Mike Foster, who had missed on a 27-yard field-goal attempt in the first quarter, connected on the first of his five extra-point kicks for Fike.

The Cyclones found the end zone again in the quarter as senior Carlester Crumpler, more well known for his offensive exploits, scooped up a Bulldogs fumble on their own 6-yard line and scooted in for a TD.

Crumpler trotted 25 yards for an offensive touchdown to start the second-half scoring and senior quarterback George Wilkerson connected with Robert Woodard for a 35-yard TD pass later in the third quarter.

Lamm bookended his night with a 17-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

The Cyclones, led by Crumpler’s 115 yards on 17 carries, rolled for 235 yards on the ground. Wilkerson scrambled for 48 yards on three runs and Lamm totaled 40 yards. Sophomore Allen Bass darted 20 yards on his only carry.

Wilkerson completed 3-of-5 pass attempts for 57 yards and even caught a 17-yard toss from Lamm.

Durham managed just 42 rushing yards and 20 through the air in a tough night against the Fike defense led by Dan Killebrew, Stuart Walston, Harry Lamm, Mark Wenger, Wayne Musselwhite, Barry Elkin and Steve Coggins. Linebacker Chip Gibbons intercepted a Durham pass to set up Wilkerson’s scoring strike to Woodard in the third. Punter Clark Davis averaged 39.5 yards on four kicks, keeping the Bulldogs in poor field position.

The Cyclones would head back on the road the following Friday night to face Grainger High in Kinston, coached by a familiar face in former Fike assistant Wally Dunham.

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