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ERWIN — Nearly 100 hours after the game against Triton High was delayed, the Fike High varsity football team punctuated a 12-7 victory in a Tuesday night continuation with a 50-yard touchdown run from Mike Rand with three minutes left to play.
The game, which started Friday between the 3-A Big East Conference Demons (2-4) and 3-A Tri-County 6 Conference Hawks (2-4), resumed Tuesday night after the game was delayed due to rain and lightning at the end of a scoreless first quarter.
When play picked back up Tuesday night, it took just six minutes for quarterback Demari Daniels to connect with Octavius Carpenter on a 14-yard touchdown to give the Demons the 6-0 lead. The extra point was missed.
On the next drive, the Hawks moved the ball all the way down into Demon territory, before taking a 7-6 lead into halftime when Ro’Mello Cowan ran for a 1-yard score with 17 seconds left until the half.
The low-scoring affair continued with a scoreless third quarter that extended nine minutes into the fourth. Fike set up the eventual game-winning score by converting a fourth down try on a pass from Daniels to Carpenter.
With time winding down, a Triton response fizzled out in Fike territory as the Hawks turned the ball over on downs.
Fike, which is off this Friday, will begin conference play against Southern Nash on Fridya, Oct. 11, at home.