Excellence on offense — especially on the ground — has been a hallmark of David Howle’s 24 seasons as the head football coach at Bunn High School.
So when it came time for Howle to secure his 200th career victory at Bunn, it was fitting that the Wildcats would put up some huge numbers en route to a 69-32 home triumph over visiting Warren County on Friday in the regular season Northern Carolina Conference finale for both clubs.
Not only did Bunn celebrate Howle’s milestone victory, the Wildcats (9-2 overall, 5-0 league) also wrapped up the outright NCC Championship by winning for the eighth consecutive time.
“I’ve never been an awards person,’’ Howle said. “All of these games were won by the players. This is a great community with hard-working kids. For me, it’s been an honor to coach here at Bunn all of these years.’’
The Wildcats, who have scored over 40 points in all but one game this fall, continued to pile up the statistics on offense behind Tevin Perry, who rushed for 175 yards and four touchdowns. Bunn racked up 381 total yards of offense, including 299 on the ground.
“It was great to be a part of this,’’ Perry said. “I’m glad I could help get this one for Coach Howle. He has made a huge impact on all of our lives. He treats us all like we are his sons.’’
Perry also returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown as part of Bunn’s opportunistic defensive effort. Late in the first half, Victor Dunston picked off a Warren County (3-8, 1-4) pass and returned it 100 yards for a score that capped off the Wildcats’ 43-point uprising in the second period.
Bunn trailed 13-12 heading into the quarter, but Quenten Wright found Ian Land for a 49-yard gain off a fake punt to keep a Wildcats’ drive alive. Davonte Caldwell capped off the march with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, and Bunn was ahead to stay at 20-13.
The Wildcats would tack on five more touchdowns before halftime, including Dunston’s capper just 33 seconds before intermission.
“It was nice that (the 200th victory) worked out where it was Senior Night,’’ Howle said. “It was our last regular season home game, and I was really more excited that won the conference than the 200th game.’’
While Bunn has made several deep postseason runs during Howle’s tenure, the Wildcats have never reached the state finals – a trend Howle would love to reverse beginning next Friday.