Football team hopes third time is the charm

In the third championship meeting with Mallard Creek, Wake Forest hopes to avenge 2013 and 14 losses


The Cougars take the field Dec. 1 to face off with the Garner Trojans for the Eastern Regional final. The Cougars also defeated Garner to face Mallard Creek in 2014.

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With another undefeated season, the Cougars are headed back to the state championship to defend their title and bring home another ring.

Senior safety and UNC commit Javon Terry is excited to get the opportunity to get back on the state championship field.

“It means a lot going back trying to get a two-peat, get two rings. It feels good for the seniors, and we get to go out with a bang,” Terry said.

Senior linebacker and previous state championship defensive MVP Seth Williams is confident the team will come back to the state championship and show they have what it takes to get another title.

“It means a lot to me, and it shows that we’re not just a one and done team. It shows that we know how to win,” Williams said.

Having confidence in your team’s talent is a key factor in having a successful, winning football team. Senior wide receiver Lex Goodwin has known since the beginning of the season that they have had championship talent.

“It’s always been a goal to go back to the championship, so we always thought that we were going back, and I thought we had the talent to do it,” Goodwin said.

To senior running back and UNC commit Devon Lawrence, staying focused on playing Wake Forest football will be the key to winning.

“We just need to be clicking on all cylinders. Everyone needs to be on the same page. Just play Wake Forest football, and you know how that ends,” Lawrence said.

This upcoming game will be the third time the Cougars have faced off against Mallard Creek. In the past Mallard Creek has beaten the Cougars the last two times they have played in 2013 and 2014.

Senior running back Marquis Dunn is prepared to play his hardest in hopes to beat Mallard Creek this time.

“They’re going to bring their best, but we’re going to overcome that,” Dunn said.

Senior safety Drew Homschek believes the defense will play a large role in Saturday’s game.

“To be victorious I think that we just need to read our keys on defense, nail our assignments on all three levels and then on offense we just need to execute and score as many touchdowns as possible,” Homschek said.

Senior quarterback Chris James has confidence that the Cougars can win but knows that Mallard Creek won’t go down easy.

“They’re going to be about like us. They’re going to be tough, they’re going to be strong, but we just have to make sure we execute and play Wake Forest Football,” James said.

Senior wide receiver and safety John Jiles is much more confident in what the outcome of the game will be.

“I don’t really feel like there’s anything challenging. We’ve been working hard, so not too much we aren’t ready for,” Jiles said.

This year will be Wake Forest’s fifth appearance in a state championship game; with the leadership of these seniors, they hope to get their second state championship ring of their high school careers.