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The Fike High Cyclones served notice that they were a state championship contender in the fourth game of the 1967 football season with a 6-0 shutout of previously unbeaten and top-ranked Raleigh Broughton on Sept. 29 in Fleming Stadium.
Fike, which rose to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the Eastern 4-A Conference, did it with a stifling offense and a conservative defense. Junior wingback Zeke Church swept nine yards into the end zone in the first quarter for the game’s only score. The defense was led by seniors Billy Clark and Eric Moore while junior Steve Windham picked up a Capitals fumble on the Fike 1-yard line.
Despite being outgained 156-123 in offensive yardage, the Cyclones ran their game plan to perfection.
“We played to win,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan told Daily Times sports editor David Lamm after the game. “We respect our defense enough to think it can hold a 6-0 lead, which it did in great style. We didn’t do anything fancy offensively after we scored because we didn’t want to make a foolish mistake that could have given Broughton the victory. ... It’s hard to make a team play conservatively when it’s as inspired as this group.”
The other Fike defenders — inside linebacker David Lanier, safety John Wooten, cornerback Ralph Cherry, outside linebackers Harold Wilkerson and Church, inside linebacker Earl Killebrew, end Bob Johnston and tackle John Bolger — “all sparkled,” Lamm wrote.
Clark led Fike’s offense with 71 yards on 20 rushes.
Broughton head coach Jim Stutts was none too happy when, with Fike lining up to punt with seconds to play, exuberant Wilson fans ran onto the field and the officials let the clock run out with the punt never getting off.
“This happens too many times in Wilson and something should be done,” Stutts growled.