Walker Brittain CFNN Football Reporter

The Colts celebrate their Homecoming victory Friday.

Cape Fear ran home with a victory over Douglas Byrd on Homecoming Friday night.

“It is a little bit different,” said Coach Jake Thomas. “It’s a different atmosphere. We call it distraction week because there is so much going on from powder puff to homecoming court. You always want to make sure your guys are focused and ready to go. They did a good job of staying focused obviously.”

Homecoming King Mark Burks opened the scoring near the end of the 1st quarter with a 29-yard rushing touchdown.  

Mark Burks opened up the scoring for the Colts.
Homecoming King Mark Burks pictured with Senior Cheerleader Laila Payton.

“That’s something that I enjoyed,” said Burks. “I enjoyed my brothers being there, the entire team, and the entire atmosphere. I enjoyed it all. I feel like a made them proud and did what I had to do.”

Cayden McKethan and Tyree Kirk got the Colts off to a running start in the 2nd quarter, both scoring touchdowns on the ground. The Colts continued to distance themselves from the Eagles as they jumped out to commanding 21-0 lead.

Kirk would be named player of the game by Coach Thomas after the game. He also had the play of the game as he darted untouched to the outside before cutting up the field and beating several Douglas Byrd players on his way his to a 64-yard touchdown. 

Tyree Kirk runs away from a defender on his way to the end zone.

Mason Smith’s 26-yard field goal put the Colts up 31-0 to end the half. Smith also went 6-6 on extra points. 

Cayden McKethan started the second half with a 10 yard touchdown run, and the Colts showed no sign of slowing down. 

Ki’mani Britton found Alex Smith for a 5-yard touchdown pass for the last Colts touchdown of the night. The clock was now running and would not stop for the rest of the game. 

Homecoming ends with the Colts on the ball at Douglas Byrd’s 5-yard line and Ki’mani Brittion taking a knee to end the game. 

Last year, the Colts lost to a Douglas Byrd team on Senior Night  led by former Colt Earlee Melvin. Melvin had 149 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns, and threw and completed Douglas Byrd’s only passing  attempt of the night for a 25-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach for the Colts. 

In that game, the Colts could only muster 41 rushing yards. This year, they reached that total on their first drive. Cape Fear ended Homecoming night with 382 total rushing yards. 

Senior Linebacker Lucas Daw pictured with Anslee Spry at the Homecoming Parade.

“It’s a different team,” said Coach Thomas. “Each season even though you have some returners to each team and some of the same players it’s always a different team. There are also different personalities to teams and this is a different personality. I think are guys came ready to play. Last year our guys overlooked some people and these guys this year aren’t going to overlook anybody.”

The Colts will be back in action Friday October 18th at Westover High School where they will face off against the Wolverines and their star running back Keyshown Lindsey.