Killebrew got his ‘kicks’ at Goldsboro’s expense

Cyclones squeeze by Earthquakes, 6-3, in 4-A thriller

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A week after a disappointing loss, the Fike High Cyclones righted themselves in the middle of their 1968 championship season with a 6-3 victory over hated rival Goldsboro on a rainy Friday night, Oct. 18, 1968, in Cyclone Country Stadium.

Senior Earl Killebrew — or more specifically, his right foot — took care of all the Cyclones’ scoring with two field goals in their 6-3 Eastern 4-A Conference victory over the Earthquakes. Killebrew, Fike’s fierce inside linebacker, was accurate from 15 yards late in the fourth quarter and then, with eight seconds left in the game, split the uprights to send the Cyclones to their fifth win against two overall losses and left them 5-1 in conference play.

“They sure were beauts,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan said with a smile to Wilson Daily Times sports editor Cliff Turner.

Toby Harrell drilled a 40-yard field goal to give the Earthquakes a 3-0 lead in the third quarter. Despite outgaining Goldsboro 248 yards to 91, Fike was hampered by two lost fumbles and an interception. The Cyclones finally put together a scoring drive behind the running of senior fullback Zeke Church and junior tailback Carlester Crumpler, who finished with 101 yards.

Fike’s defense had Goldsboro bottled up late in the game before a quick-kick by Goldsboro’s Randy Edens left Fike with the ball on the Earthquakes’ 42-yard line and just seconds to play.

An 8-yard run by Crumpler preceded a 24-yard completion from quarterback John Wooten to fellow senior Steve Windham, setting up Killebrew’s winning boot.

Phil Lamm had a pair of interceptions for Fike.