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GOLDSBORO — In a varsity football season in which many past debts were repaid by the Fike High Cyclones, perhaps none was as hard-fought or ultimately satisfying during their 1967 state 4-A championship season than the 13-7 triumph over bitter rival Goldsboro on Friday, Oct. 20, 1967.
The Cyclones had won five straight, but the Earthquakes had beaten Fike five years in a row, preceding the arrival of head coach Henry Trevathan to Wilson.
“It was, indeed, a great, great victory,” exclaimed Trevathan to Wilson Daily Times sports editor David Lamm, “maybe our best of the season because we had to come back in the second half against such an inspired team as Goldsboro had on the field. Make no mistake, Goldsboro has a fine team, especially when its opposition is Wilson. This is what we tried to instill in the boys’ minds all week.”
Goldsboro, which threw the ball 18 times out of its single-wing offense, seized a 7-0 lead when tailback Randy Edens connected with Ricky Frederick on a 3-yard touchdown toss with seven seconds left in the first half.
However, the Fike defense forced a pair of fumbles by Edens that led to both of the Cyclones’ TDs in the third quarter. After the first giveaway, recovered by John Wooten, Fike senior quarterback Lynn Daniell hit classmate Harold Wilkerson on a 6-yard scoring pass on third down. Despite missing the extra-point kick, Fike was back in business when Earl Killebrew crunched Edens on the ensuing kickoff with a hit that Trevathan would years later describe as “separating the ball carrier from the ball.”
On fourth and 2 at the Goldsboro 15-yard line, Daniell went to the air again, this time hitting Zeke Church for what was the winning TD. Wilkerson’s PAT kick was true this time and the Fike defense did the rest.
Daniell only completed three of his 11 pass attempts but two were for TDs. Sensational sophomore Carlester Crumpler and rugged senior Billy Clark were limited to 66 and 50 yards, respectively, on the ground. The Earthquakes, who fell to 3-4, outgained the Cyclones 285 yards to 190.
But Fike prevailed and, at 4-1 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Eastern 4-A Conference, boosted its lead to a game and a half over Raleigh Broughton and Durham.
The Cyclones would stay at home the following Friday as they were set to play the very first game in their brand-new, on-campus stadium.