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.
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.