FUQUAY-VARINA — The Fuquay-Varina Bengals used a fast start to register a 22-17 upset win against the West Johnston Wildcats.
Fuquay’s Damarus Williams capped off an eight-play, 66-yard opening drive with a 21-yard touchdown run to give the Bengals a quick lead. A two-point conversion run from Daniel Neikens made it 8-0 with four minutes coming off the clock.
“We wanted to start strong, start fast and get our fans into it. We wanted to keep our fans in the game,” said Bengals coach Jeb Hall.
The Bengals’ fans didn’t sit for long as the ensuing kickoff resulted in a Wildcats fumble. Quarterback Tyler Williams ran for his first of two touchdowns and the Bengals jumped out to a 15-0 lead.
The Wildcats scored with a minute left in the first half when quarterback Jarvin Holder hit Xavier Carter for a 21-yard touchdown. Cameron Williams ran a successful two-point conversion, and the Wildcats were able to cut the deficit to one score.
West Johnston inched even closer in the third quarter when Alex Mattes hit a 46-yard field goal to cut into the Fuquay lead at 15-11.
A Wildcats drive ended in a fumble in the fourth period and the Bengals ate up eight minutes of clock time, leaving the Wildcats with just three minutes to go.
Holder connected with Xavier Carter for a 46-yard gain and Holder hit Tre Fredrick for the score with a minute left in the game. But the onsides kick attempt failed.
“We’ve got to get better at finishing,” said Hall. “That’s the second week in a row where we’ve had them. And that’s what we wanted to do offensively. We wanted to eat that clock, but we have to get better at finishing games.”
Tyler Williams frushed for 93 yards on 22 carries. Damarus Williams had 28 carries and 157 yards.