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Carlester Crumpler, the player synonymous with Fike High’s three straight state 4-A football championships in the late 1960s, had a coming out party in the Cyclones’ 14-0 win at archrival Rocky Mount on Oct. 6, 1967, the fifth game of the season.
The lanky sophomore wasted no time in taking advantage of his first start by racing 62 yards for a touchdown on the Cyclones’ first offensive play of the game. Crumpler finished the night with a career-best, to that point, 212 yards on 26 carries. He scored two other TDs that were nullified by penalties as the Cyclones had four scores in all negated by flags.
“Carlester fulfilled some of the potential we knew he had,” Fike head coach Henry Trevathan told Wilson Daily Times sports editor David Lamm. “He has still got some things to learn, but with his quickness and power he’s going to make us a better football team.”
Senior quarterback Lynn Daniell scored Fike’s other TD, a 1-yard dive in the fourth quarter and Harold Wilkerson kicked the second of his two PATs. Daniell finished with 47 rushing yards and completed 5-of-9 passes for 64 yards.
Fike’s defense held the Blackbirds to just 57 yards of offense and didn’t allow Rocky Mount to cross midfield. Junior Earl Killebrew recovered a fumble that ultimately led to a Fike TD.
The Cyclones improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the Eastern 4-A Conference with their fourth straight win. Up next for Fike would be perennial conference power Durham.