Wake Forest 49, Panther Creek 6
CARY — Wake Forest’s football team kicked off their season with a dominating win on the road at Panther Creek. The Cougars rolled over the Catamounts, scoring all 49 points in the first half. All three of Chris James’ passes ended with touchdowns to Gunnar Carrigan, Lex Goodwin and Devon Lawrence. The defense picked off two interceptions, recovered a fumble and blocked two kicks.
Wake Forest 56, Apex 7
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s Cougars stomped Apex’s Cougars in their home opener. Wake Forest scored 56 points, which is tied for their best offensive output of the season. The Cougars scored 42 points in just the first quarter. John Jiles carried the ball twice and scored twice. Demarcus Jones scored three touchdowns and Dunn added two more. The defense recorded two sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Wake Forest 48, Southeast Raleigh 13
RALEIGH — Wake Forest tied a state record with seven interceptions in their win at Southeast Raleigh. The Cougars had five in the first half. Darius Hodge and Will Jones both had two, Seth Williams, Emarri Preddy and Jeremy Johnson had one. The offense didn’t score until there was 6:47 left in the first half, but the points came in bunches in the second half.
Wake Forest 42, Rolesville 0
WAKE FOREST — For the second year in a row, Wake Forest shut out Rolesville. The Cougars recovered two fumbles and their offense scored on every possession in the first half. Quarterback Chris James threw three touchdowns to Gunnar Carrigan, Lex Goodwin and Josh Vaughn. Marquis Dunn also had nine carries for 161 yards and a touchdown.
Wake Forest 35, Broughton 0
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest posted another shutout in their first conference game of the season against Broughton. Darius Hodge led the Cougars with a blocked punt, a sack and an interception. On offense, Wake Forest scored three rushing touchdowns by Demarcus Jones, Marquis Dunn and Devon Lawrence. Dunn also had a receiving touchdown and Josh Vaughn added one more on a 46-yard reception.
Wake Forest 37, Millbrook 0
RALEIGH — Wake Forest’s defense achieved a spectacular feat by shutting out Millbrook in their conference win on the road. The Cougars had 12 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Darius Hodge also added an interception. On offense, Wake Forest had three players rush for more than 100 yards each. Devon Lawrence led the way with 132 yards and three touchdowns. Marquis Dunn had 127 yards and two touchdowns and Jones ran for 102 yards.
Wake Forest 45, Wakefield 0
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s rivalry with Wakefield turned out to be one-sided, as the Cougars churned out another shutout at home. It was the third season in a row Wake Forest has beaten Wakefield. The Cougars accumulated 376 total rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. On defense, Wake Forest had five sacks between four different players. They also recovered two fumbles. The fourth shutout in a row is a school record for the Cougars.
Wake Forest 26, Heritage 13
WAKE FOREST — Heritage High School was packed with a record attendance of over 3,500 fans when the Cougars defeated the Huskies on the road. Heritage was shut out in the first half for the first time this season when Wake Forest went into halftime up 9-0. The Cougars never gave up the lead as Devon Lawrence and Marquis Dunn ran over the Huskies in the second half to hold on to the rivalry victory. Wake Forest’s defense recorded 17 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. Connor Loeffler also had an interception. Heritage was held to -23 rushing yards in their first loss of the season.
Wake Forest 24, Leesville Road 17
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest won their homecoming game against Leesville Road after trailing 10-3 at halftime. With less than five minutes left in the game, Devon Lawrence scored a 3-yard rushing touchdown to put the Cougars ahead 24-17. An interception from Darius Hodge helped set up the game-winning score. Wake Forest had four total interceptions and two sacks in the win.
Wake Forest 30, Sanderson 8
RALEIGH — Wake Forest’s offense took over in the first half and then the defense silenced Sanderson in the second half for their conference road win. The Cougars outscored the Spartans 21-8 in the first half and then held Sanderson scoreless in the second half while adding nine more points. Demarcus Jones led the way on the ground with 70 yards and a touchdown. Marquis Dunn scored two receiving touchdowns. Darius Hodge blocked a punt and Will Hones recovered it. Emarri Preddy also caught an interception.
Wake Forest 44, Enloe 0
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest ended the regular season undefeated for the third year in a row after shutting out Enloe on senior night. The win also gave the Cougars home field advantage for the first three rounds of the 4AA state playoffs. Wake Forest had two blocked kicks from John Jiles and Darius Hodge. The Cougars scored on every possession in the first half thanks to Devon Lawrence’s three rushing touchdowns.
Wake Forest 56, Panther Creek 0
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest scored 56 points for the second time this season in their rematch with Panther Creek in the first round of the 4AA state playoffs. The Cougars also posted their sixth shutout of the season. Wake Forest scored seven total rushing touchdowns, with Devon Lawrence leading the way with three of them. The defense had three fumble recoveries, blocked two punts, recorded two sacks and an interception by Javon Terry.
Wake Forest 7, Laney 6
WAKE FOREST — After Wake Forest gave up an early rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Devon Lawrence scored a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter to take a 7-6 lead. Their defense held on from there to get the win and advance to the third round. Laney’s missed extra point after the touchdown came back to haunt them. Xach Gill recorded a sack late in the game and then Emarri Preddy knocked down a fourth down pass to give the ball back to the Cougars and they ran out the clock from there to win.
Wake Forest 35, Heritage 20
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s rematch with Heritage ended with another victory for the Cougars as they won their last home playoff game of the season. Wake Forest trailed 14-0 early, but clawed their way back into the game to pull out the win. The Cougars defense recorded nine tackles for a loss, four sacks two interceptions and a blocked field goal from John Jiles. Trentini Stadium was packed with over 4,500 fans, which is the highest attendance for a football game in Wake Forest High School history.
Wake Forest 20, Middle Creek 17
CARY — Wake Forest’s Devon Lawrence scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run to beat Middle Creek in overtime and send the Cougars back to the 4AA state championship game. Wake Forest led 14-0 for most of the game. The Mustangs scored two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a blocked field goal return and a 27-yard pass. Middle Creek scored a field goal on their first overtime possession and Wake Forest answered back with the rushing touchdown to win it. Jaden McKenzie had a breakout game for the Cougars with nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. Wake Forest’s defense had seven total sacks, an interception by Javon Terry and a fumble recovery by Jadacus Logan.
Wake Forest 29, Page 0
RALEIGH — Wake Forest’s defense couldn’t have played any better in the 4AA state championship game at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Cougars shut out the prolific Page Pirates and became the first team from Wake County since 1987 to win a state title game. Darius Hodge was voted MVP for blocking two punts and leading the Cougars with 17 tackles. His first blocked punt resulted in Wake Forest’s first touchdown of the game. Devon Lawrence had a great game with two rushing touchdowns and a 37-yard passing touchdown to Lex Goodwin. The Cougars also recorded four interceptions, with Seth Williams leading the way with two of them.