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In a no-pressure regular-season finale, the Fike High Cyclones had some fun in whipping first-year school Wilmington Hoggard 39-13 on Friday, Oct. 10, 1967, the Cyclones’ ninth straight victory en route to the first of their three straight state 4-A football championships.
Fike, which wrapped up the Eastern 4-A Conference crown the week before, bolted to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs by sophomore Carlester Crumpler and senior Billy Clark and took a 26-6 lead into the locker room at Wilmington’s Legion Stadium at halftime.
“It was a lot of fun,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan told Wilson Daily Times sports editor David Lamm. “This team needed this, a chance to relax, kinda like last week (in a 42-20 win at Raleigh Enloe). We had a lot of pressure on us nearly all season, you know.”
Fike finished its regular season 9-1 with the nonconference win, its best record in nine years, while the Vikings concluded their first season 4-6.
Crumpler led the Cyclones with 111 yards on 11 carries while junior varsity call-up Phil Lamm (who was incorrectly identified as “Phil Ham” in the Daily Times story) ran for 71 on seven carries.
Senior quarterback Lynn Daniell completed 3-of-9 passes for 16 yards, including a 7-yard TD toss to senior tight end Bob Johnston in the second quarter. Clark ran for another TD, finishing with 38 yards on seven carries.
Fike’s other TDs came on senior Ralph Cherry’s 30-yard return of a fumble in the third quarter and junior Steve Windham returned a punt 63 yards for Fike’s final TD in its second-biggest scoring output of the season.
The Cyclones would return to their brand-new stadium the following week to face Greensboro Dudley in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs.