-- The only thing that could slow down Wake Forest-Rolesville on Friday night was bad weather. The Cougars’ 35-6 victory over Durham Jordan was called at halftime due to lightning.
“I thought our guys came out ready. On defense we had a three-and-out to start the game,” said Cougar head coach Reggie Lucas. “I thought that was very important to get off to a good start. That set the tone for us.”
The Cougars (1-0) started strong. Cougar running back Petey Williams ran up the middle for a 34-yard touchdown on Wake Forest’s first possession. He added a second touchdown early in the second quarter.
As the rain began to fall in the second quarter, Wake Forest-Rolesville had already built a comfortable lead. Cameron Fray attempted just two passes, but the first play of the quarter was a 60-yard bomb to Bryce Love. Love sped past the double coverage on the right side of the field for an easy score that put the Cougars up 21-6.
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Though running the ball is the Cougars’ specialty, Lucas feels they can beat teams in other ways if they have to.
“We’ve been able to run the ball for several years now. But we are capable of throwing the ball,” said Lucas. “When we get in a situation that we have to throw, I feel confident we’ll be able to.”
Love and Taylor Sadowski led the Cougars’ ground game. Love carried the ball nine times for 75 yards and a score, and Sadowski gained 15 yards on six carries.
The Falcons came up short in LaDwaun Harrison’s coaching debut. After coaching on the junior varsity team, Harrison was promoted to lead the varsity squad this year.
Thanks in part to a fourth down conversion, Falcons’ quarterback Matthew Gampe connected with John Brown for a 31-yard touchdown with 1:20 left in the first quarter to cut the deficit to eight.
But the Cougars’ came back, and three plays later, Fray completed his only pass of the game to Love.
“We don’t get ourselves in many third-and-long situations or any situation where we have to pass,” said Lucas. “If we can stay balanced, and we do run the ball well, then you’ve got to stay with what’s working.”
Lucas stayed committed to the run. His team didn’t attempt another pass the rest of the game.
Jordan didn’t do themselves any favors throughout the game either. A three-and-out to begin the game, followed by a quick score from Wake Forest-Rolesville, Gampe’s second pass on the next possession flew short and was picked off.
It was that kind of night for the Cougars. Gampe completed six of his 16 pass attempts for 56 yards, and the running attack gained negative nine yards on eight rushes.
Will Weeks and Brown each had two catches to lead the Jordan offense. Weeks had 11 yards and Brown 35.