by David Allen
WAKE FOREST — The 8th annual Mellow Mushroom Pigskin Classic, signals the arrival of high school football season much like the referee’s whistle signals the first kick-off. Varsity teams from Cardinal Gibbons, Panther Creek, Knightdale, Middle Creek and Enloe were invited to Wake Forest this year as well as JV squads from Knightdale, Enloe and brand new Rolesville.
“The goal is to invite some conference teams and non-conference teams that we do not play during the season.” said Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas. “We try to go against three or four teams prior to the season. It is a great event.”
Saturday’s lineup barely got in motion with Rolesville’s JV squad pitting themselves against Enloe. It was interrupted at about the halfway mark when severe weather rolled in, ending the evening’s events.
Coaches scrambled to reschedule for Monday but Enloe and Middle Creek could not play on Monday which caused the brackets the be thrown off. Schedule conflicts also prevented the JV squads from being able to return.
Play picked back up Monday at 6 p.m. with Wake Forest squaring off against Cardinal Gibbons.
Wake Forest ‘s running backs were led by Bryce Love and performed well against Cardinal Gibbons’s defense, scoring multiple times.
Wake Forest quarterback Mack Moore also showed improved skill, completing most of his passing plays.
With the regular season approaching, coaches used the scrimmages to hone in on skilss and instruct players by walking amongst the teams as they played.
“I think we’ve had a good offseason with practices and workouts in the weight room,” said Lucas after play ended. “I think we’re right on pace and I am very pleased with what I’ve seen.
“This year will be a mixture of under- and upper-classmen stepping up and continuing what we’ve been doing.
“We want to compete every year and we have three goals: The first is to win our conference, second is to make state playoffs and third is to win the state championship.”
Wake Forest will travel next to Southeast Raleigh High to scrimmage against Knightdale Saturday, at 3p.m. The first full game is at home in Trentini Stadium against Panther Creek High Aug. 23, 7 p.m.