Wake Forest-Rolesville High will enter its biggest game of the season without its biggest asset.
Senior running back Trea Jones fractured an ankle in the fourth quarter of the 26-6 third-round victory over Fuquay-Varina on Friday night. Jones is not expected to play in the 4-AA semifinals on Friday against Fayetteville Britt at Heritage High.
"It is no secret. Trea's ankle is fractured," Wake Forest-Rolesville coach Reggie Lucas said. "We wish it hadn't happened, but it did. He had a great season for us and a great career."
Jones was the Cougars' leading rusher with 1,651 yards and had scored 17 touchdowns.
He had been most effective during the last half of the season. He had rushed for 100 or more yards in six of his last eight games and averaged 147.7 yards during the stretch, averaging 7.3 yards per carry.
Lucas said he wasn't ready to choose a starter at the position now.
"We've got a week of practice ahead of us," Lucas said. "We'll be looking for a lot of guys to step up."
James Harris has rushed for 1,132 yards, and Delano Tavares has 422. Seth Hall and Darren Kirby are among the candidates to take the position.
"We have some good runners who having been waiting their turn," Lucas said. "They are going to get their chance now."