Football becomes way of life

For Fike Cyclones; victorious 28-6

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In workmanlike fashion, the Fike High Cyclones carved up the Jacksonville Cardinals for a 28-6 win in the first game of the 1968 season to be played at Fike’s Cyclone Country Stadium.

The Cyclones, on their way to a second straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championship, raced to a 21-0 halftime lead in dominating the nonconference game, played Sept. 20, 1968.

“That’s the most points we’ve scored against any team in the first half since I’ve been at Fike,” fifth-year head coach Henry Trevathan told Wilson Daily Times sports editor Cliff Turner. “We did a credible job and this win was a carry-over from last week’s game against Fayetteville. I must that we could have done better, and so could Jacksonville. We’re going to take our lumps as we go along, but that’s natural.”

The Cyclones doled out far more lumps than they took from the Cardinals as they piled up 188 rushing yards and 147 through the air in improving to 2-1. Fike junior Carlester Crumpler led the ground assault, churning for 104 yards on 20 carries. Crumpler’s 1-yard dive gave Fike its first touchdown in the first quarter.

Senior co-captain Steve Windham hauled in a 20-yard TD strike from senior quarterback John Wooten in the second quarter and then caught a 27-yard scoring pass from backup quarterback George Wilkerson in the third quarter.

Zeke Church, the other senior co-captain, plowed in from four yards for Fike’s other first-half TD. Senior Earl Killebrew was true on all four of his extra-point kicks.

Senior Larry Barnes caught four passes for 81 yards while Wooten was 5 for 9 for 87 passing yards. His understudy, Wilkerson, completed 4 of 5 for 60 yards.

Fike’s larcenious secondary continued to raid the opposition’s passing game, picking off three more passes after intercepting six by Fayetteville the previous week. Barnes, Killebrew and Phil Lamm each had a pick while Wayne Musselwhite recovered a Jacksonville fumble.

Eastern 4-A Conference loomed for the Cyclones with a visit to Raleigh Broughton on the schedule for the following week.