RALEIGH — Broughton High kicker Andrew King as been a constant bright spot for the Capitals through a losing season.
Fittingly enough, the senior drilled home the game winning 33-yard field goal in the third quarter of the Caps’ first win of the season, 10-7 Friday night over Enloe.
In a game that went about like expected on an incredibly soaked field, it was also the first win for Broughton coach Billy Lane. His 1-9 team travels to Heritage next week while Enloe (0-10) hosts Wake Forest.
“It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy, and like I told the kids, pretty isn’t our style,” Lane said. “I mean look at my hair and look at my beard. Pretty isn’t our style.”
The two Raleigh schools have been playing varsity football against each other since the mid-1960’s and Enloe’s first win in the rivalry came in 1969 at old Deveraux Meadow, a few blocks east of Broughton, on a rainy night very similar to last night.
History looked like it might repeat itself when Enloe’s Jamal Frazier returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and a 7-0 Enloe lead.
“You know we’ve been lucky all year. Andrew King has put about 95 percent of (kickoffs) in the end zone and I think sometimes our coverage team takes it for granted a little bit,” Lane said. “Maybe we should have pooched or squibbed it, as heavy and wet as the ball was, that was my fault. And that was a tough obstacle to overcome.
“He’s been solid all year. Any issues we’ve had on extra points or field goals haven’t been him missing them,” Lane said. “He’s been as good a high school kicker as you could hope for.”
Broughton answered the Eagles’ score with a 35-yard return by Rob Case and then a six-play 60-yard drive, with quarterback Patrick Kearney hitting Chris Hodge with a pass in the middle of the field that went 43 yards for the tying touchdown early in the first quarter.
From that point, the game was about a slippery, sloppy field, two defenses, and which team would get a break.
Broughton got the break on a blocked punt by Orlando Womack that gave the Caps the ball on the Enloe 18. Able to move only two yards in three plays, the Caps turned to King for the field goal with 1:09 left in the third period.
Enloe tried to bounce back and Frazier returned the next kickoff 83 yards but it was call back on a penalty. Four plays later Frazier ran 26 yards to the end zone, but another Eagles penalty nullified the score.
“It seemed like everytime we had a big play it was called back, and that’s on us,” Enloe coach Mike Massey said. “That’s lack of discipline and not knowing how to win. Our defense played well and we had our opportunities to win.”
Lane also pointed to his defense, led by sophomore linebacker Austin Bell and lineman Rashid Hurst.
“I think Hurst played every play offensively and defensively on the line, he’s really been a warrior. Bell has been in the middle and I think he was in there every defensive play. I told the defene they would win the game tonight and they had to really grind.”