The Cougars finally reaped the benefits of all the hard work, grueling practices and the countless drills the team endured over the summer. Wake Forest finished the regular season undefeated with a 58-12 win over visiting Enloe Friday night.
The win, more importantly, possibly secured home field advantage in the upcoming 4AA NCHSAA playoffs for the Cap Eight champions. The pairings will be announced on Saturday.
“It will be a big plus to play at home. Every team would love to play at home in the playoffs,” said senior running back Dajuan Green.
Green had a 45-yard touchdown run to start the scoring that saw the Cougars pile up a 51-6 lead in the first half.
Senior running back Bryce Love needed only five carries to amass 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Love also added a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Love had two explosive scoring runs of 72 and 58 yards in the first half. He slipped through the defenders like a shadow, basically untouched on both runs.
Mack Moore had three passing touchdowns and eclipsed the 1,000-yard passing mark for the season, also in the first half.
The Cougar defense registered six sacks, a fumble recovery and a safety in the first half.
Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas pinned the success of the team on its ability to focus and prepare for every game.
“These guys did a great job of really doing what I say every week when I talk to reporters, ‘it’s one game at a time,’ and the team does that during the regular season,” Lucas said.
The Cougars (11-0, 7-0) kept a hungry Enloe team in check, limiting the Eagles to 139 yards of offense from scrimmage.
Enloe (3-8, 1-6) had a 92-yard kick off returned for a touchdown by Anthony McEachin in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 21-6.
In the fourth quarter, Tyshon Hinton found Cameron Lewis on a post-pattern for a 11-yard score late in the game.
“Wake Forest is a great ball team. We kind of laid our hat on our defense most of the year, but you have to give credit to Wake Forest,” said Enloe coach Steve Johnson.
Wake Forest now awaits the seeding for the 4-AA playoff bracket, coveting the No. 1 seed that would give it home field throughout the playoffs.