Doing the same thing twice, expecting a different result, is not insanity in football.
It can be a winning play, as it was when Fuquay-Varina defeated host Enloe 34-29 Friday.
Bengals quarterback Brycen Braswell found wingback Eric Sugarman deep over the middle for a 61-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 42 seconds to go for the game’s final score.
The play before was just like it, but unsuccessful because Braswell was hit as he threw.
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Sugarman was all alone on the first attempt, as Enloe’s defense sold out against the run in a tied game, but the pass fell incomplete. On the second try, the Bengals got single coverage and Sugarman stiff-armed the only tackler who could have stopped him on his way to the winning score.
“It was wide open the first time,” Fuquay-Varina coach Jeb Hall said. An assistant coach asked “ ‘You want to call it again?’ I said ‘Heck yeah, let’s call it again.’ ”
The Bengals (2-2) run the wishbone but were a model of efficiency through the air. Braswell completed 5-of-10 passes (133 yards). Three went for touchdowns.
Both of Sugarman’s catches (91 yards) were scores as well.
“Last time I checked, Fuquay couldn’t throw the ball,” Hall said tongue-in-cheek. “I guess we got lucky.”
Despite all that, Fuquay-Varina had to survive a back-and-forth affair with a much-improved Enloe (2-2) team. The Eagles are in their first year under head coach Steve Johnson.
Enloe had gambled for the win when it went for two and got it to go up 29-28 with 2:03 to go.
The Eagles scored on a 7-yard run from Anthony McEachin (11 carries, 53 yards) then used the Tim Tebow-style jump pass on the two point conversion (quarterback Cam’ron Lewis to Wallace Montague).
The two teams were tied 7-all at halftime but had five lead changes in the second half.
“Our guys got after it. They didn’t quit,” Hall said. “We had a lot of guys step up.”
Fuquay had led 28-21 after a 70-yard touchdown run by fullback Damarus Williams (16 carries, 155 yards), his second of the night, and a two-point conversion from Braswell to Sugarman that Sugarman caught with one hand.
Two plays prior, Enloe had just taken a 21-20 lead on a 1-yard run from Antavious Marrow (12 carries, 54 yards), his second of the night from that same distance, with Lewis taking a jet sweep for the two-point conversion.
The Bengals also scored on a 30-yard screen pass from Braswell to Sugarman in the third quarter to make it 20-13, which had answered an 8-yard run by Lewis (27 carries, 89 yards) that made it 13-all.
Fuquay-Varina’s first two scores – a 13-yard run from Williams and a 25-yard pass from a scrambling Braswell to Michael Roberson – both came on fourth down.
It was the final nonconference tune-up for both teams.