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Wake Forest scored on the very first play of overtime off a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Noah Douglas to receiver Triston Spencer. Rolesville had to score on their next possession, or the game would be over. Pullen scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game to cut the deficit to 31-30. Instead of sending the match into double overtime, Rolesville head coach Martin Samek made the call to go for the two-point conversion to win the game. The ball snapped to Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown just a little too high and he couldn't hand it off to Pullen in time. Instead, Byrum tried to make a run for the end zone. The Wake Forest defense tackled him before he could reach the goal line and the game was over. The Cougars held on for the overtime victory. "I have to give credit to my defensive coordinator, Ivan Braszo," Lucas said. "He wanted us to go with a four-front on defense on that final play. Rolesville has been hurting us up the middle with their run game all night. We pinched everybody in the middle. We just had to make the play and tackle the quarterback and that's what we did." After the game, Samek gave his thoughts on the play that determined the outcome of the game. "We went back to the same call that got us the touchdown a play earlier," Samek said. "We wanted to run behind our big offensive line. The exchange between the quarterback and running back didn't happen and Byrum tried to make a play. Unfortunately in a game like this, someone has to be the loser and tonight that was us." Since the school first opened in 2013, Rolesville always lost to Wake Forest by a large margin. This time, the Rams took the Cougars to overtime. Wake Forest hasn't played an overtime game since Dec. 9, 2016 at Middle Creek in the 4AA east regional championship game where the Cougars beat the Mustangs 20-17. Samek said it was a battle against two great football teams, but at the end of the night, someone had to win. "I think we're a good football team," Samek said. "When you have two good football teams playing each other, this is the kind of outcome you are going to get. It's like two heavyweight fighters throwing hay-makers at one another. Unfortunately, Wake Forest got the last punch in." With the loss, Rolesville is no longer undefeated at 8-1 overall and 2-1 in NAC 6 conference play. Even though the outcome didn't go the way the Rams wanted it, they showed that they can play with the best the state has to offer. "We have to make sure we have a good week of practice and focus on Heritage," Samek said. "We would have done that if we won anyway. We just have to make sure this loss doesn't carry over into next week." With the win, Wake Forest improved to 8-1 overall and are No. 1 in the NAC 6 conference standings so far at 3-0. The Cougars survived a scare against their conference opponent and now it's on to the next game. "We have to win with class," Lucas said. "This was a huge win against a rival school. I want the players to understand that high school football is great and that it can be over at any moment. We can't take it for granted. We just have to keep studying our opponent and keep enjoying the moment." Wake Forest will play at Wakefield Friday at 7 p.m. Rolesville will play at Heritage at the same date and time.