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The Fike High Cyclones got a dose of reality from a familiar source in the sixth game of the 1968 varsity football season.
Fike, on its way to the second of its three straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A championships, was thoroughly outplayed in a 21-6 loss to Durham High at Durham County Stadium on Oct. 11, 1968. The Cyclones, who fell to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in Eastern 4-A Conference games, didn’t score until quarterback John Wooten found Larry Barnes on a 10-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. That gave Fike a little hope but the Bulldogs squashed when quarterback Tom Turrentine and Gary Wilkins hooked up for their second TD connection.
Durham rushed for 127 yards to Fike’s 94 and Turrentine threw for 70 yards to just 45 by Wooten. Star junior tailback Carlester Crumpler only managed 48 yards on the ground for Fike’s top rushing total.
Fike only totaled 30 yards in penalties but one was a 15-yard personal foul call that negated a second-quarter TD for the Cyclones. Fike also came up on the wrong end of an official’s call when Zeke Church’s apparent interception and 31-yard return was ruled an incomplete pass when it was determined the ball hit the ground before Church scooped it up.
A Fike fumble in the first quarter gave Durham possession at the Cyclones’ 24-yard line. The Fike defense stiffened but was called offsides on a missed field-goal attempt by the Bulldogs’ David Harris, giving Durham new life and, eventually, seven points on the first Turrentine-to-Wilkins TD.
The Cyclones would see the Bulldogs again in 1968 but with a much happier outcome for Fike and its rabid fans.