WAKE FOREST — Bryce Love didnt take long to get going Friday. The Wake Forest junior found a hole and streaked up the middle of the field on the Cougars second play less than a minute into the game, setting the tone for a 48-14 win against visiting Cary.
Love would score twice more before the intermission once on an 89-yard run as Wake Forest (3-0) scored on all of its first-half possessions and halted Cary on the other end, taking a 35-0 lead into the half.
It was clear early on that Wake Forest coach Reggie Lucas would walk away with his 50th win in little over four seasons with the program.
Its an accomplishment of the kids and the program, said Lucas, whose team is ranked No. 4 by The News & Observer. Ive been fortunate to be the coach of this program, but I think the kids and the coaches deserve the 50 wins.
Love, who finished with 250 all-purpose yards, added a fourth score in the third quarter, an 85-yard kickoff return. The play halted any momentum the Imps gained from their first score of the game, which came seconds earlier.
I just took what the defense gave me, Love said. We were going up against a really good team, so I knew coming in that I had to study hard, but we didnt really do anything different. Tonight it just worked out.
No. 14 Cary (2-1) entered the game allowing only 53.5 rushing yards,but Wake Forest, which entered the game averaging more than 300 yards on the ground, stayed true to form.
The Cougars also were effective with the air attack, as quarterback Mack Moore went 4 for 6 for 112 yards, including two touchdowns one to Brooks Cunningham (34 yards) and a 56-yard play to Dezmond Clanton. Sidney Campbell also ran in a touchdown for the Cougars.
Cary was led by Isaiah Gibbons with 99 yards, Trevion Hackney with 82 yardsand Julio Lopez with 78 yards and a score.
The Imps moved the ball in increments, but were halted by the Cougars defense several times in the red zone, turning the ball over on downs twice and fumbling.
Cary had two big wins to open the season, knocking off Cardinal Gibbons 47-26 and Broughton 30-24, but the Imps struggled to keep up with the Cougars, who came into the game allowing just 14 points a game.
We knew we were going to be tested (against Wake Forest), said first-year Imps coach Kurt Glendenning. It was a measuring stick for us. We were glad we were able to to play such a tough team to test our manhood, and thats what it did. We would have liked to have had a little more success, especially when we got in the red zone, but theyve got a very strong program where theyre able to build depth. Thats what we aspire to.
Wake Forest was efficient on offense, using just 24 plays to score on seven of its eight first possessions.
Wake Forest travels to Wilmington Hoggard (3-0) next Friday, but Lucas said the players cant get into looking at what their opponents have done so far. Instead, he wants to Cougars to remain focused on their own goals.
I think the kids continue to improve week-to-week, Lucas said when asked if he expected such a lopsided outcome. Thats our goal to score 28 points and hold our opponents to 14, so again the kids met their goal.
Cary heads to Garner (2-1) for another tough test in one final nonconference game before getting into league play.