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Cleveland’s unbeaten seniors chasing elusive state title

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PHOTO (News & Observer): Cleveland seniors Cam Goins (L) and Landon Inscoe.

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CLAYTON Cleveland High seniors Cam Goins and Landon Inscoe sat for an interview Monday in a campus office. They discussed the Rams’ unbeaten football season and advancing to the fourth round of the NCHSAA 4A playoffs.

Suddenly, a fire alarm blared. They didn’t flinch.

“Fire drill,” Goins said rhetorically.

Inscoe, with a casual nod: “Got to go outside.”

They took the abrupt interruption in stride, which shouldn’t be surprising.

Throughout four years of high school, the two seniors and their 12th-grade teammates have enjoyed the luxury of winning. Cleveland’s varsity is 37-0 the past four regular seasons and the Rams’ JV team also was unbeaten when the current seniors played on the JV roster before their varsity elevation.

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Previous weekly features this season:

— Nov. 24, Cleveland’s unbeaten seniors chase state title.

— Nov. 17, Rolesville quarterback Braden Atkinson, junior with two offers gaining attention

— Nov. 10, Millbrook kicker Angel Gomez, junior gaining attention

— Nov. 3, Leesville Road quarterback Deiondre Goldston, junior gaining attention

— Oct. 27, Clayton quarterback John Montague, offers include Boston College

— October 20, Durham Jordan running back Amarion Blue, junior gaining attention

— October 13, Garner receiver/return man Isaiah Dawson, Richmond commit

— October 6, Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Whitt Newbauer, Furman commit

— September 29, Fuquay-Varina athlete Malcolm Ziglar, North Carolina commit

— September 22, Wake Forest linebacker Zane Williams, North Carolina State commit

— September 15, South Garner defensive lineman Nnamdi Ogboko, Georgia commit

— September 8, Southeast Raleigh defensive lineman Chase Robinson, underrated prospect.

— September 1, Southern Durham defensive lineman Isaiah Campbell, 30-plus offers.

— August 25, Rolesville running back Isiah Jones, committed to NC State

— August 18, Millbrook quarterback Mason Fortune, underrated prospect.


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