WAKE FOREST — New season. New stadium. New head coach -- same results.
The Reggie Lucas era at Wake Forest-Rolesville got off to a good start as the Cougars rolled over visiting Durham Riverside 41-0 on Friday night.
"I feel great. I think the kids came out and played really hard," Lucas said. "The effort was definitely there."
Lucas replaced the retired Earl Smith. He served on Smith's defensive coaching staff and took over the reins this year trying to pick up where Smith left off, which was three consecutive Cap Seven Conference titles. He acknowledged there is some pressure to perform.
"Definitely. Definitely feel pressure. Anytime you're a head coach, everything falls on your shoulders," he said.
The Cougars relieved any pressure early by scoring on their first possession, a 28-yard touchdown run by Trea Jones. The Cougars never slowed down as they scored on every possession in the first half, including three touchdowns by the special teams for a 41-0 halftime lead.
Darren Kirby ran back punts 54 and 78 yards for touchdowns, and Will Braddy blocked a Riverside punt which was scooped up by Mickey McGuire and returned 9 yards for a score.
Senior Delano Tavares added touchdown runs of 29 and 35 yards. For the night, he logged 122 yards on six carries.