They beat Wake Forest in the common season, and the Rolseville Rams did once more Friday night time, working double overtime to lastly put away the Cougars, 24-21, to advance to the NCHSAA 4AA Championship.
The thrilling end in the second further session got here after Wake Forest nearely ended it with 1:30 to play, however missed a game-winning area objective try with the rating knotted at 14-14.
On the primary play to start out OT, Rolesville gave the ball to Davon Dunn for a 10-yard rating and an early benefit. The Cougars returned the favor with one other rating from Michael Dipasquale, his third landing of the night time, to ship the sport to double overtime.
The Rams protection dominated the second OT session, forcing each a fumble for a lack of yardage and an interception.
On Rolesville’s ensuing possession, Devin Versteegen sealed the cope with a 15-yard area objective, advancing the Rams into the 4AA state final to face Charlotte space juggernaut Vance High.
Back and forth
Rolesville wasted little time placing the primary factors on the board after capping off their opening drive with a 27-yard scramble from junior quarterback Byrum Brown.
Brown suffered an obvious leg harm halfway by way of the primary quarter, however returned in the second, regardless of enjoying the rest of the sport with a limp.
Rolesville’s protection made transferring the soccer powerful for the Cougars, however a 40-yard connection from junior quarterback Chad Hillman to Camden Rog would set the workforce up in the purple zone. A two-yard push by Dipasquale evened the sport at 7-7 at first of the second quarter.
Going into halftime, Both groups continued to lean closely on their dashing assault. Dunn would pushed his workforce forward with a 3-yard run, however Wake Forest answered again after Dipasquale discovered the top zone as soon as once more to tie the sport, 14-14.
The Cougars drove all the best way to the Rams’ 4-yard-line in the third quarter, however failed to attain after the Rolseville protection pressured a fumble. Rolseville recovered, and used the turnover as a spark.
The groups volleyed momentum in the second half, with Cougars forcing an interception, the Rams making an important fourth-and-two cease, after which Wake Forest forcing a fumble of its personal.
Back-to-back defensive stops gave Wake Forest the ball at their opposing 34-yard line with 1:30 left in the sport. With 3.2 seconds remaining, the Cougars missed the game-winning area objective to go to overtime.
Three who mattered
Michael Dipasquale, Wake Forest: His working capability made up for Wake Forest’s inconsistent passing assault. He completed the primary half with a pair of touchdowns and one other in overtime.
Byrum Brown, Rolesville: Despite struggling an ankle harm in the primary quarter, the junior quarterback proceed to paved the way with each his legs and arm.
Defense: Both offenses showcased their high-scoring capability all through the season however in this matchup neither offense might discover consistency because of their opposing defensive items.
▪ This was Wake Forest’s fifth straight East Final look
▪ Wake Forest suffered its solely two losses of the season on the handed of Rolesville. The first matchup being on March 26, dropping 36-3.
RECORDS: Wake Forest(7-2), Rolesville (9-0)
What’s subsequent: Wake Forest finishes their season 7-2. Rolesville improves their undefeated season to 9-0 and advance to the NCHSAA 4AA Championship towards Vance
Wake Forest 0 14 0 0 7 0 — 21
Rolesville 7 7 0 0 7 3 — 24
R: Byrum Brown 27-yard run (Devin Versteegen kick)
WF: Michael Dipasquale 2-yard run (Kaleb Standley kick)
R: Davon Dunn 3-yard run (Versteegen kick)
WF: Dipasquale 4-yard run (Standley kick)
R: Dunn 10-yard run (Versteegen kick)
R: Versteegen 15-yard area objective