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WENDELL — Wake Forest’s football team improved to 2-0 in the NAC 6 conference with an easy 34-7 win at Corinth Holders Friday. The Cougars had a slow start on offense with a 10-0 lead at halftime. Wake Forest piled on the points in the second half with 10 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. The defense allowed one touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it a 34-7 game. “Overall, I’m pleased with the way we played,” Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas said. “Our team has had to overcome some adversity throughout the season and they have responded well.” Wake Forest churned out 258 rushing yards from five different running backs. D.J. Sellers led the Cougars with six carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Three other players scored a rushing touchdown each. Starting running back Maquel Haywood is still out with a knee injury, but Lucas said he should return to action soon. Lucas praised his players for stepping up to the challenge to continue winning.

“Everyone knows we have to do a little more and get better without Maquel,” Lucas said. “He was a big part of our offense. It was nice to see players step up and get it done.” On defense, Wake Forest recorded a sack, a blocked field goal, a fumble and three interceptions from three different players. The Cougars held their opponent to single digits for the third time this year. With their seventh win in a row, Wake Forest improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in NAC 6 conference play. The Cougars are undefeated on the road at 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 336-116 so far this season. Wake Forest’s next game will be against undefeated conference rival Rolesville. The Rams are coming off a 49-6 victory over Knightdale. Rolesville has scored 41 points or more five times this season. Wake Forest will try to hand them their first loss of the year at home Friday at 7 p.m. “We are taking this week like all the other weeks,” Lucas said. “Every game is a big game to us. Our players are going to be working all week to get prepared.”