Wake Forest-Rolesville’s 35-0 victory over Enloe on Friday night was a good illustration of why Wake Forest is unbeaten and virtually unthreatened.
The Cougars made big plays offensively, defensively and on special teams in the Cap Eight 4A game at Enloe’s Len Bauer field. Wake Forest blocked two punts for touchdowns, added a safety and had a defensive answer for everything the Eagles tried. Enloe rushed 45 times for five yards.
But basically, that’s the way Wake Forest has played all season. The Cougars have allowed three touchdowns in the first quarter, none in the second period, two in the third and a couple in the fourth. The two fourth-quarter scores came in romps, 77-19 over East Wake and 42-10 over Northern Durham.
Not allowing a single touchdown in the second period is a testament to how well the Cougars make adjustments on the fly.
Enloe coach Mike Massey said playing the Cougars was an uphill battle, citing an inability to create good field position against the Wake Forest defense. Wake Forest’s defensive team speed is so good that it stops big plays before they happen.
“That defense at Wake Forest is pretty significant,” Enloe’s Massey said. “They were blitzing the A gaps all night, they brought (linebacker) Blake Williams and we tried to have an answer for it.
“We knew they were going to come in and bring pressure, that’s what Reggie Lucas’ defense is all about," he said. “It’s about forcing the opposition to make mistakes. We were expecting and we prepared for it all week, but my hat’s off to them. They did a great job.”
Lucas said the defenders were outstanding.
“They did a really good job of penetrating, wrapping up and tackling,” he said. “I’m really pleased with what we did defensively.”
Wake Forest’s tests are all ahead of them, though. Of its six opening opponents, only Southeast Raleigh has a winning record.
The Cap 8 is a three-team race, and Leesville Road and Wakefield have been as dominating as the Cougars..
Wakefield (6-0) plays at Leesville Road (5-0) this week. Wake Forest has Broughton on Friday before playing at Wakefield on Oct. 5 and playing Leesville Road at home on Oct. 26, the last night of the regular season.