While Dontae Lassiter is still seeking his first victory as Louisburg’s head football coach, David Howle has collected 195 of them during his 24-year tenure just down the road at Bunn.
Seventeen of Howle’s career triumphs have come at the expense of backyard rival Louisburg, including Friday’s 62-6 decision at the BHS Football Field.
Bunn (3-2) never trailed after scoring on its second offensive snap from scrimmage courtesy of an 8-yard run from Davante Caldwell with 8:59 remaining in the first period.
“Our kids came out ready to go,’’ Howle said. “We played with enthusiasm and gave a great effort right from the start. There was a great crowd – we probably had at least 20 former players in attendance.’’
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By halftime, the Wildcats were ahead 41-0 after scoring on every first-half possession, the last of which came on Caldwell’s 90-yard touchdown just 44 seconds ahead of intermission.
Bunn’s defense held Louisburg (0-4) to 135 total yards and two turnovers.
Already ahead 7-0, Bunn took charge when Celik Curtis roared through the line for a quarterback sack that resulted in a fumble. Omar Rosa scooped up the ball and rumbled 23 yards for a touchdown that gave the Wildcats an early 14-0 cushion less than five minutes into the game.
They said it
Howle: “When you look at football in Franklin County, all of the teams (Franklinton, Louisburg and Bunn) have been pretty good lately. Over the last 15-20 years, our kids have taken a lot of pride in being able to get a victory against a county rival. It’s important to these kids because the communities up here are so close together.’’
3 who mattered
Celik Curtis, Bunn: The sophomore defensive end forced one fumble, recovered another and registered three quarterback sacks to spark the Wildcats’ defense. The first-year varsity starter paced Bunn with nine tackles.
Davante Caldwell, Bunn: Caldwell, a senior running back, made the most of his four carries on the night. He scored from 8, 90 and 9 yards out and finished with 108 total yards.
Tevin Perry, Bunn: Perry, who shares backfield duties with Caldwell, picked up 83 yards on five carries to go with one touchdown.
By the numbers
308: Bunn amassed 308 total yards, 289 of which came on the ground.
3: The number of seniors on Louisburg’s current roster in Lassiter’s initial season in charge of the program. Lassiter is a former Warriors quarterback and long-time assistant for the Warriors who took over after Chris Lee stepped down in the offseason to move to Nash Central.
125-26: Louisburg has been outscored by a combined 125-26 in its Franklin County rivalry games with Franklinton and Bunn this season.
7: The number of possessions Bunn had Friday -- and the Wildcats scored on each one of them. BHS’ other two scores came courtesy of a fumble return and a kickoff return.