ALL ABOUT ADAMS. Bunn's Bruce Adams tries to find running room during last Friday's home setback versus Wilson Fike. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BUNN -- After combining for 809 total yards of offense, it was almost symbolic that the outcome of Friday's regular season football opener between Wilson Fike and homestanding Bunn would come down to a single yard.
That yard was one the Wildcats couldn't obtain on a 2-point conversion that came up just short of the end zone with 50 seconds remaining in the contest.
Bunn's rushing attempt on the play wasn't successful, and the Demons escaped Franklin County with a 43-42 triumph in a showdown between two high-octane offenses.
Fike was looking for its third consecutive victory over Bunn, and the Demons entered the outing with lofty credentials as the preseason favorite in the Big East Conference.
The Demons did little to dispel that notion on the first series of the game as veteran running back A.J. Hines escaped for a 59-yard touchdown run.
After a rare exchange of punts, Bunn's running game -- and its effective offensive line -- started to make an impact.
BHS put together a drive that was capped off by a 14-yard TD pass from Quenten Wright to Bruce Adams.
But the PAT failed, and the Wildcats were still behind 8-6 at the midway mark of the initial stanza of action.
Hines returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for another score, but Bunn quickly answered on a Tevin Perry 6-yard TD gallop.
Perry then came up with a clutch interception, and Bunn took advantage of the turnover thanks to Perry's 21-yard scamper.
Omar Rosa added the 2-point run, and Bunn was ahead for the first time at 22-15 with 8:37 remaining before intermission.
The offensive heroics continued just three players later as Hines found the end zone from 47 yards out.
Adams followed with a 42-yard TD burst, and Kenny Johnson scored again in the festival to give Fike a 29-29 cushion just 3:03 before the break.
Devante Caldwell capped off a solid Bunn march with a 3-yard TD plunge, and Victor Dunston finished the half with an interception that sent Bunn to the break ahead 36-29 in one of the wildest first halves the BHS Football Field has ever seen.
The offense slowed down in the second, but Bunn had a final dash at Wright hooked up with Tyree Person for a 24-yard touchdown with just 50 ticks to play.
BHS opted to go for the 2-pointer and a potential victory, but couldn't find the end zone.
The Wildcats rushed for 363 yards, led by Perry's 157 tallies. Adams (83) and Caldwell (81) also contributed heavily to Bunn's successful ground game.
Fike got 223 rushing yards from Hines in addition to his kickoff score. The Demons accumulated 382 total yards.
Bunn will hit the road this coming Friday for a non-league matchup against Northwest Halifax in Aurelian Springs.