It was a beautiful inauguration-homecoming

Mighty Cyclones punish Wilmington New Hanover, 23-0

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The Fike High Cyclones christened their brand new football stadium Friday, Oct. 27, 1967, with their seventh straight win — a 23-0 conquest of Wilmington New Hanover — en route to the first of their three straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championships.

The new stadium that held more than 2,000 spectators on the concrete home-side bleachers still had a lot of finishing touches yet to be done but the Cyclones’ put forth a complete performance in earning at least a share of the Eastern 4-A Conference title on what proved to be a special homecoming.

“This is a great moment for Fike High, its football team and the city of Wilson,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan told Wilson Daily Times sports editor David Lamm. “The town has supported us well — great — this season and they have a fine team to be proud of.”

Senior quarterback Lynn Daniell had one of his best outings of the season as he completed 7-of-16 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns. His first scoring toss, a little 5-yard zip over the middle, allowed junior Zeke Church to be the answer to the trivia question: Who scored the first points in Fike’s new stadium?

Daniell connected with senior tight end Bobby Johnston on a 32-yard TD strike in the fourth quarter, followed by a 51-yard hookup with sophomore Carlester Crumpler to complete the scoring.

Senior Harold Wilkerson, whose first-quarter fumble recovery set up the Cyclones’ initial TD, kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter as well as two fourth-quarter extra points.

Crumpler led Fike with 79 rushing yards to go with 56 yards on two receptions while senior fullback Billy Clark chugged for 45 yards on 11 carries and Daniell added 33 yards on six rushes.

The secondary of John Wooten, Ralph Cherry and Steve Windham, along with outside linebackers Wilkerson and Larry Barnes harassed New Hanover quarterback Mike Beal into three interceptions and just six completions on 17 attempts.

Fike improved to 7-1 with just a pair of road games at Raleigh Enloe and Wilmington Hoggard left in the regular season.