Zo-o-o-m! And the Cycs were off

EASTERN CHAMPS bury Enloe, 42-20

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With an aerial show that more than made up for a lackluster defensive effort — at least by Fike High standards in the state 4-A football championship season of 1967 — the Cyclones won convincingly, 42-20, at Raleigh Enloe on Nov. 3, 1967, to claim their first conference title in seven years.

Fike, which won for the eighth straight Friday following a season-opening loss, finished a perfect 8-0 in seizing the Eastern 4-A Conference crown on the way to the first of its three consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championships.

Senior quarterback Lynn Daniell enjoyed his best passing night of the season as he connected on 12-of-14 targets for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Zeke Church snared two of those TD tosses — one for 10 yards in the second quarter and one for five yards in the fourth quarter — while senior Harold Wilkerson had a career night with six catches for 109 yards, including a 3-yard grab for the Cyclones’ final TD. Wilkerson was also true on all six of his extra-point kicking attempts.

Sophomore running back Carlester Crumpler was sensational again, churning for 153 yards on just 19 carries. His 2-yard run into the end zone capped Fike’s opening drive.

The offensive largesse came in handy on a night when the vaunted Fike defense allowed the most points it would all season — to an Enloe team that had just one victory — and equal to the number the Cyclones had given up in the previous six games.

“It was good to see the offense dominate a game,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan told Wilson Daily Times sports editor David Lamm after what was his team’s highest scoring output of 1967. “Most of the season the defensive team has been leading the way and getting the credit, and rightfully so. But now we’ve proven we can score a lot of points. The high-scoring victory will help the team.”

Senior fullback Billy Clark rammed for 49 yards on nine carries, including 1-yard TD dive in the third quarter, while senior tight end Bob Johnston added two catches for 47 yards.

The Eastern 4-A Conference champion Cyclones still had one more regular-season game left — a nonconference Nov. 10, 1967 against Hoggard, a new school in Wilmington — before embarking on their state playoff march.