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Rolesville falls to Vance in football state championship

Posted on May 10, 2021

Updated on May 11, 2021

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Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown finished the season with 1,962 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, plus 602 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown finished the season with 1,962 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, plus 602 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Rolesville's Noah Rogers won the East Offensive Player of the Game award for catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

Rolesville's Noah Rogers won the East Offensive Player of the Game award for catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

From left, Rolesville head coach Martin Samek, Jesiah Henderson, Byrum Brown, Jalen Butts and Oluwaseun Adewumi, pictured with the 4AA state championship runner-up trophy.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

From left, Rolesville head coach Martin Samek, Jesiah Henderson, Byrum Brown, Jalen Butts and Oluwaseun Adewumi, pictured with the 4AA state championship runner-up trophy.

Rolesville's Carsten Casady blocks Vance's extra point attempt in the second quarter.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

Rolesville's Carsten Casady blocks Vance's extra point attempt in the second quarter.

Rolesville's Jacorrey Bible won the East Defensive Player of the Game for recording 17 tackles, including four for a loss.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

Rolesville's Jacorrey Bible won the East Defensive Player of the Game for recording 17 tackles, including four for a loss.

Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown finished the season with 1,962 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, plus 602 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown finished the season with 1,962 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, plus 602 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Rolesville's Noah Rogers won the East Offensive Player of the Game award for catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

Donnie Solomon | Special to The Wake Weekly

Rolesville's Noah Rogers won the East Offensive Player of the Game award for catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

Rolesville's Noah Rogers won the East Offensive Player of the Game award for catching five passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
From left, Rolesville head coach Martin Samek, Jesiah Henderson, Byrum Brown, Jalen Butts and Oluwaseun Adewumi, pictured with the 4AA state championship runner-up trophy.
Rolesville's Carsten Casady blocks Vance's extra point attempt in the second quarter.
Rolesville's Jacorrey Bible won the East Defensive Player of the Game for recording 17 tackles, including four for a loss.
Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown finished the season with 1,962 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions, plus 602 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

marty@wakeweekly.com

RALEIGH — Rolesville’s football team exceeded expectations and raised standards this season, but couldn’t finish its historic year with a state title after losing to Vance 35-14 Saturday at N.C. State.

Rolesville held a 14-13 lead midway through the second quarter. After that, the Rams couldn’t muster anything on offense while Vance poured on 22 unanswered points.

Rolesville head coach Martin Samek said his team wasn’t 100% healthy going into the state championship game, but he added that Vance was simply too good on offense to stop in the second half.

“I’m extremely proud of our program,” Samek said. “Getting here means a lot about our character. Vance is a great opponent. They played a fantastic game. Now we know what to expect for next year.”

Vance scored the first touchdown of the night within the first two minutes of the game off a 59-yard passing touchdown. Rolesville had to punt on its next drive, but then Jadon Valentine recovered a fumble on the punt return to put the Rams on Vance’s 24-yard line.

A minute and a half later, Rolesville quarterback Byrum Brown threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Noah Rogers to tie the game up at 7-7.

Vance had plenty of opportunities to score more points, but the Cougars ended the first quarter with 13 penalties called against them.

In the second quarter, Vance scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass, but the extra point was blocked to make it a 13-7 lead. Two minutes later, Rolesville scored another touchdown off a pass from Brown to Rogers. The Rams made the extra point to take the 14-13 lead with 6 minutes 33 seconds left in the first half.

Vance scored on a 9-yard rushing touchdown with a minute and a half left in the second quarter to make the score 20-14 at halftime.

From that point on, Rolesville could not find the end zone. Meanwhile, Vance scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and then a 43-yard rushing touchdown with three minutes left in the period.

No one scored in the fourth quarter as Vance held on for the state title victory.

“Getting here means a lot for us,” Samek said. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win the state championship. We didn’t meet our goal, so now we have to go back and hit the weights to get ready for next season. Our first game of the 2021 season is four months from now, so we have a lot to do. We’re going to have to get back to work.”

This was Vance’s third straight 4AA state championship appearance. The Cougars lost to Wake Forest 9-7 in 2018, but then beat Leesville Road 24-3 last year and defeated Rolesville 35-14 this year.

Vance quarterback Austin Grier won the state championship MVP after throwing for 200 passing yards and three touchdowns. The senior also racked up 102 rushing yards on 11 carries. The Cougars gained 331 rushing yards compared to Rolesville’s 67 total yards of offense.

As for Rolesville, the loss to Vance was the only one of the season as the team finished 9-1 overall this year. The Rams will lose 27 seniors to graduation this year. Samek said this group raised the bar for next year’s squad.

“Last year’s seniors built the foundation of this program,” Samek said. “This year’s seniors built the bricks. They raised expectations.”

Rolesville will have plenty of talented returning starters. Both Brown and Rogers will return. Jacorrey Bible will also come back as a senior next year. The outside linebacker led the team with 17 tackles, including four for a loss in the state championship game.

Rolesville’s football program started in 2013 and the team already as a 4AA east regional title eight years later. The Rams also beat powerhouse Wake Forest twice this season to win their first conference championship.

Even though a loss in the state championship game was rough, Samek said the Rolesville community has plenty to look forward to in the future.

“I think the potential is here to come back here next year,” Samek said. “We have to do the right things. We’re going to get healthy and attack it again in the near future.”

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