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WENDELL — The officials did not affect the official decision Saturday afternoon during Rolesville High football’s 49-7 blistering of East Wake on the road. They did, however, recalculate some still impressive black-and-white numbers.
The now 3-0 Rams reached that varsity record milestone despite 16 penalties costing them 150 yards and two negated touchdowns. Net profits of 542 total yards offense, 24 first downs, the most points ever accumulated and the longest single pass play in school history softened the referees’ yellow blows.
Their Warrior rivals amplified the early degree of difficulty by building a 21-6 snap advantage during the first quarter. In fact, 0-3 East Wake controlled possession using a 12-play drive to the Rolesville 10-yard line after the opening kick-off.
Upon stalling, it reclaimed the rock quickly enough when Ollie Allen intercepted a fly pass.
From there, the tide turned on Ram linebacker Darrius Robinson’s (13 tackles, two sacks) forced fumble at the Warrior hand-off. Defensive end Camar Kyle scooped up the bobble and toted it 27 yards for the scope with 4 minutes, 35 seconds left in the period. Devin Versteegen’s PAT posted a 7-0 lead, which the guests never relinquished.
East Wake took its next eight hikes as far as the Ram 17 before Rolesville’s Jacorrey Bible picked off a sling in the flats. Though pinned deep, sophomore quarterback Byrum Brown (13-of-19 passing, 259 yards, three touchdowns) located Cyrus Rogers (four catches, 146 yards) in perfect stride running a post route. He shed one arm grab and rocketed the remainder of the 95 yards to stretch the advantage. Versteegen made it 14-0 with 10:41 left in the half.
Brown dropped a 41-yard dime into Jashaun Patterson’t lap to cap the ensuing Ram series. Versteegen raised the stakes to 21-0.
After an Ethan Daniel interception, Ram rusher Josh Pullen (11 carries, 100 yards) powered across from 15 yards out with 2:30 till intermission. Versteegen boosted the 28-0 advantage.
Brown found Jaedyn Fulton on a 20-yard swing sling midway the third quarter. Raeann Clayton generated the bonus boot and the 35-0 edge.
East Wake returned the heavy fire via a Mike Vick 50-yard scoot on the immediate kickoff. Fill-in quarterback Xavier Hinton hit Ian Maginniss between three Ram defenders. Maginniss weaved past the pursuers for the 37-yard celebration, then legged the PAT for the lone counted counterattack.
Anyanso Kalu’s 11-yard dash with 6:34 left and Brown’s own 19-yard bootleg with 2:08 showing combined with Versteegen PATs to supply the final bulge.
Rolesville reeled off 38 carries for 283 yards, good for 7.5 per pedal. Its biggest obstacles to overcome were Warrior resistance providers Isaiah Spencer (13 tackles), Jaden Goodson (seven) and Joe Washington (second sack of the season).
East Wake’s ground game (26 tries, 24 yards) ground to a virtual halt behind the onslaught of Robinson, Jalen Butts (10 tackles, one sack), Andrew Ihediwa (seven tackles, one sack, forced fumble), Bible (four tackles, one sack) and James Cowan (one sack, forced fumble). The Rams forced five total turnovers while allowing just 128 yards total offense over 46 plays.
Rolesville seeks to build its unprecedented mark this Friday on the road vs. first-year program South Garner at 7 p.m. East Wake travels to well-established Hunt out of Wilson in a continuation of its murderous schedule at the same date and time.