Wake Forest coach says credit the players for his 50 wins

tstevens@newsobserver.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Wake Forest high school football coach Reggie Lucas notched his 50th victory in last week’s 48-14 win against Cary.

Lucas needed only 59 games to reach the plateau. His first four teams finished 14-1, 14-2, 10-3 and 9-3. The lopsided win Friday pushed Wake Forest to 3-0 this season and Lucas to 50-9 overall.

“I have not won a single game,” Lucas said. “The kids here have. They have bought in to what we’re trying to do and they have believed in what we’re doing. And our assistant coaches really do a lot of the work. They have been tremendous.”

Lucas inherited a strong program from former coach Earl Smith, but during Lucas’ first year the school was housed at nearby Heritage High while the Wake Forest facilities were renovated. Despite the distraction, the 2009 club finished 14-1.

“It was an important year for us,” Lucas said. “The kids really responded.”

Wake Forest dominated a Cary club last week that had won its first two games and had been outstanding on defense. The Cougars got 165-yards rushing and four touchdowns from junior Bryce Love.

Lucas said running back Davante Reynolds had an extraordinary game blocking which helped spring Love and the offensive line has stabilized. Former linebackers Kyle Stollmeyer and Charlie Costantino have joined Jason Pearson at guard. The Newhouse brothers, Tyler and Sam, are at tackle and end. Chasak Moon and David Walker are at center and tackle.

“Coming into the season we knew we would have to shift some people around in the offensive line,” Lucas said. “But we kept some changes we made for East Wake (in a 45-14 victory) and we had a very good week of practice as he guys settled in. They did a really good job for us.”

Former Northern Durham coaches Ken Browning and Gary Merrill and former Garner coach Nelson Smith also reached their 50th career wins in their fifth years as head coaches at their schools.

Cleveland’s Marc Morris got his 50th win at Harnett Central early in his sixth year and has 26 after the third game of his third year at Cleveland.

Sharing quarterbacks: It’s not often a quarterback and running back can trade places at any time during the game, but Lee County’s Duane’ Bland and Jerry Pullum swapped positions several times during Friday’s 28-26 loss to Athens Drive.

Pullum (0-for-2 passing) ran 11 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Bland (13-for-21 passing, 193 yards) ran 11 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. They were the only two Lee players to have a rushing attempt.

“Both of them are good athletes and they’re best of friends. They’ve bought into it,” Lee County coach Burton Cates said.

Rams rolling: Franklinton is off to a 3-0 start and is averaging 43 points per game after last week’s 50-28 win over Northern Vance.

“We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” said Rams coach Jeremy Buck. “We have been able to run the ball effectively, but the biggest thing is that we’re playing with a lot of confidence.”

Travon Judkins leads the ground game with 418 yards and four rushing touchdowns. He also has nine catches fro 235 yards and a pair of scores.

Quarterback Dequan Neal has completed 21 of 34 passes for 474 yards and five touchdowns and ru for 234 yards and seven scores.

Balance: Garner runner Nyheim Hines has rushed for 611 yards and Trojans quarterback Brighton Hudson has passed for 611.

Efficient: Wake Forest’s Love had only four rushes against Cary in a 48-14 victory, but he ran 50, 13 and 85 yards for touchdowns and ran 17 yards on his other carry. He also had an 89-yard kickoff return.

Love has four touchdown runs of more than 40 yards this season as does Garner’s Hines.

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