Wake Forest football coach Reggie Lucas said his team was a little stunned Friday night when standout runner Bryce Love hurt his shoulder and left an eventual 28-21 victory against Millbrook.
“It was a blow,” Lucas said. “There was a sense of, ‘What are we going to do now?’ ”
Lucas’ message to the players at the half was keep doing what they were supposed to do.
“Just do your job. Do what you have practiced to do,” he said.
“Then we came back and started playing and the players realized the coaches were right. We just had to do what we could do.”
Late in the game with the score tied at 21, Lucas said he was more at ease because the Cougars had the ball.
“I had confidence in our players,” he said. “I was glad that we had the ball. And when we got within field goal range I had confidence in our back-up kicker, Cole Westberry.”
Regular kicker Zach Coates was injured making a tackle on a kickoff return against Southern Pines Pinecrest and did not play.
Wake Forest didn’t need to attempt a field goal. The Cougars drove 62 yards for the winning score, an 8-yard pass from Mack Moore to Devon Lawrence with 64 seconds left.
Star status: Lucas said Love’s playing status is day-to-day. Garner running back Nyheim Hines is expected to be at close to full speed.
“We don’t know if Bryce will be ready to play on Friday or not,” Lucas said. “We hope so.”
Hines had only three rushes, one for a touchdown, as the Garner defense dominated in a 31-6 victory against Panther Creek. Hines saw limited action in a 37-7 win against Wakefield in the second round.
Recruiting: Love, one of the nation’s top running back recruits, is narrowing his list of potential schools, according to his father Chris Love, and Hines is expanding his.
Love is most interested in Stanford, Tennessee, N.C. State, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
Hines has taken official visits to N.C. State and Wake Forest and might visit West Virginia, Florida and Ohio State. He recently added North Carolina to Duke and the other in-state schools, said his father Darrin Hines.
Huge upset: Chapel Hill’s 39-28 win against Southern Durham was a massive upset.
Southern Durham defeated Chapel Hill 38-12 during the regular season. The Spartans finished undefeated in the Big Eight 3A while Chapel Hill was fourth.
Chapel Hill took control early and kept control throughout the game.