KNIGHTDALE – Two second half touchdowns were enough to give Knightdale its second straight win in the battle for the U.S. 64 Sword. The Knights held East Wake scoreless in the second half in the 28-14 victory.
RALEIGH – Cardinal Gibbons is the Carolina 6 Conference champion for the second year in a row. The Crusaders also went undefeated in the conference for the second consecutive season after defeating J.F. Webb 28-6 Friday night. And, if that wasn’t enough, Gibbons is undefeated at home during the regular season for the second straight year.
WENDELL – Garner got a total team effort and won the championship of the Greater Neuse River 4-A conference with an exclamation point.
A.J. Clanton rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries while quarterback Lemond Johnson passed for one touchdown and ran for another in a 63-6 romp over East Wake on the Warriors’ Senior Night at Johnny Sasser Stadium.
WENDELL -- There was a brief moment in the third quarter when it appeared East Wake would pull back into Friday night's homecoming game against Southeast Raleigh, but the moment faded quickly as the Bulldogs cruised to a 35-13 victory.
East Wake and first year head football coach John Poulnott got their first win of the season in a 51-7 blowout of Smithfield-Selma Friday night.
I've now been to two East Wake volleyball games, both of them have lasted more than two hours, gone into a fifth game, and the Warriors have held on for the win on both visits.
The match at Knightdale was just like the tennis match held at Knightdale the week before. Of course, Knightdale won the tennis match, not East Wake, the thought still applies. It lasted forever and was just another quality battle between the two neighboring schools — another one for the books.
I witnessed a sparkle diminish in the unbelieving eyes of Knightdale's netters at the Lady Warriors dug themselves out of a sure loss that wasn't so sure in hindsight. Nine times out of 10 I could've left that gym and swore it was over, and then the team rallied for three straight games that were in no way freebies. If I were on that Warrior team down two games I would have been willing to bet money on Knightdale to finish the third game with equal ease. East Wake, rather than getting over emotional, seemed numb to the two-game Knight lead. And next thing you know, they're scoring in a "Hmm, how about that?" way, and they persevered.
It hurts my head to watch games like that. The real story on the game changed five times over the course of the night, and it's tough to talk to a coach in need of a first win that just gave up an odds-setting lead, then turn the other way and get the "I'm going to Disneyland" quote from the other.
But just like Knightdale's Sally Combs said,"Kudos to East Wake." The Warriors proved what prep sports prove across the nation every week — anything and everything can happen.