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PHOTO (News & Observer): Wake Forest linebacker Zane Williams directors the Cougars’ defense.
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By TOM SHANAHAN
WAKE FOREST — Two Wake County high school football powers matched up a week ago when Wake Forest traveled to Leesville Road. Their showdown lived up to the billing, providing a reminder not to take prep sports for granted.
In fact, if a burgeoning filmmaker had been seeking a “Friday Night Lights” atmosphere, this was the real thing — Triangle style. No casting calls necessary to stage extras as excited fans.
Those who took the non-conference game for granted missed varying minutes of the first quarter. They were caught in traffic backed up entering the parking lots until they made their way into the packed stadium.
“It was a great atmosphere,” said Zane Williams, Wake Forest’s senior linebacker committed to play at NC State. “The weather was perfect. The fans were great and the students turned out. I just wished the score wasn’t so close.”
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Previous weekly features this season:
— September 15, South Garner’s Nnamdi Ogboko, Georgia commit
— September 8, Southeast Raleigh’s Chase Robinson, two offers.
— September 1, Southern Durham’s Isaiah Campbell, 30-plus offers.
— August 25, Rolesville’s Isiah Jones, committed to NC State
— August 18, Millbrook’s Mason Fortune, underrated prospect.
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