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ROLESVILLE — The first football game in Rolesville High School’s history was against a more experienced Heritage JV team. It began like one might think a first game would — Heritage ran back the opening kickoff to get the first score.
But as Rolesville wide receiver Blake Kelly said afterwards, the Rams had to exercise some selective memory loss and put it behind them.
Kelly did and with 9:32 on the clock in the first quarter, wrote his name in the history books as scoring the first touchdown in school history: a 14-yard reception.
After those first two punches were landed, the teams settled down to play some very even ball.
By the end of regulation, the score was tied 39-39.
The Rams and the Huskies played two overtime periods, each scoring in the first, to make it 45-45, and then in the second, Rolesville sophomore Kha’Aliq Lewis made the winning touchdown (he made four touchdowns in all) on the first play, with a 10-yard carry. He also took an 8-yard pitch to make the 2-point conversion, pushing the score to 53-45.
Then it was all up to the Rams’ defense, who held the Huskies for four plays and walked away with the school’s first win.
“This is such a blessing. I’m just so happy for them. They fought,” said Rolesville coach Jermaine Evans. “What can you say for a first-year program to fight like that?”