It didn't take long for Wake Forest-Rolesville's new quarterback-receiver combination to make an impact in the Cougars' 34-14 Cap Eight win over Sanderson Friday night.
By David Justice
WAKE FOREST -- It didn't take long for Wake Forest-Rolesville's new quarterback-receiver combination to make an impact in the Cougars' 34-14 Cap Eight win over Sanderson Friday night.
Sophomore Mack Moore got his first start at quarterback for coach Reggie Lucas's team, while senior Cameron Fray, who led the Cougars to a 7-1 record as a quarterback, lined up at wide receiver.
On the Cougars' second play from scrimmage, Moore lofted a perfect throw to Fray who was streaking down the right sideline. Fray hauled in the throw, completing a 65-yard touchdown pass that put WF-R up 7-0 just over three minutes into the game.
Fray also scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass when he was able to escape from several Spartan defenders that put his team ahead 21-0. Later in the second period Moore and Fray hooked up for a 44-yard completion that set up a 4-yard scoring run by Chris Love that gave the Cougars a 27-0 halftime lead.
"Some people may see what happened tonight and wonder why we didn't make the change earlier in the season," Lucas said. "But we felt Mack needed the reps with the jayvees. And we knew Cameron was a very good receiver. It worked out tonight and as we move forward we'll see. We know we have Cameron who can step back in that role if need be. Cameron has tremendous ability, great hands, and can only get better from tonight."
Fray, who caught four passes for 128 yards, enjoyed the move.
""It's exciting out there, a chance to make some plays for the team," Fray said about playing receiver. "It really get the blood flowing."
Chris Love did his usual thing for the Cougars, rushing for 141 yards and three touchdowns on runs of one, four, and 29 yards.
The Wake defense was its normal stingy self, keeping the Spartans in poor field position practically all of the first half. Sanderson got inside the 20 late in the half but the Cougars' Taylor Bagley picked off pass to end the threat.
"The whole first half we battled to get better field position," Sanderson coach Tony Lewis said. "I felt like we moved the ball well at times and played well defensively at times. Again I'm proud of what we're doing, going in the right direction."
Sanderson notche a pair of second half scores, with Deandre Pitts scoring on an 8-yard run and quarterback Matt Koehler adding a 1-yard touchdown run.
"Sanderson hit us with some running plays early, but we were worried about their play-action passing game. On film they had been effective with that," Lucas said. "The overall defense did a solid job. Now we've got to get ready to play Millbrook. They always defense the wing-T well."