Football defense improves over 2013


Cougar defenders swarm a Rolesville Ram opponent Sept. 12. The Cougars defeated the rams 61-20.

Gus Holub, Assistant Sports Editor

Football coach Reggie Lucas is known for fielding teams with a stout defense.

While the 2014 team’s offense, led by senior running back Bryce Love, gains headlines around the Triangle, the Cougar defense has posted notable numbers as well.

In 2013 the team allowed 152 points through the first nine games, averaging 16.88 points per game. The team was also 7-2.

The 2014 defense went undefeated through nine games, allowing 111 points. The points per game average dropped to 12.33.

The 2013 Cougars had no shutouts in the first nine games, while the 2014 squad shut out Cary High 48-0 with a game called at the half due to inclement weather.

Junior Dexter Lawrence attributes the improved numbers to experience.

“I feel like we’re more disciplined this year. I also feel like we understand the scheme more than we did last year,” Lawrence said.

The size of the defensive line has garnered attention both locally and by college Division 1 coaches. Senior Antwain Terry commented on what he tries to bring personally to each game.

“I feel like I bring strength, size and speed to the team,” Terry said.

Sophomore lineman Xach Gill tries to do the same.

Gill said he brings, “Size and leadership” to the team. “My size helps me to push people around the field.”

With a decisive win over the Sanderson Spartans Oct. 31, the defense is one game closer to getting ready for the playoffs.

Terry said, “Our ultimate goal is to go back to the State Championship. I think we would win it this time.”