The Cape Fear Heroes scored early and often in the AIF Championship Game, dismantling the California Eagles 79-27.The undefeated Heroes (9-0) won their first AIF Championship this season becoming the second indoor football team in the region to win a national title. The Fayetteville Guard won its title in 2007.
Heroes got off to a quick start offensively scoring 25 unanswered
points and scoring on four of their six drives in the first half to take
a 34-7 lead into halftime. Both quarterbacks Patrick Pickney and
Garrett Sutphen had impressive games leading the Heroes offensive up and
down the field at will most of the night.
defense also got into the scoring action too with touchdowns from
Clenton Cochran and J.R. Hair. The Heroes defense also sacked
California's quarterbacks eight times, recording four safeties, and
forcing three turnovers.
Gunnings the head coach of the Heroes says the Heroes set many goals
before the season started and players and coaches alike stayed on track
and worked hard to achieve those goals by putting in countless hours of
preparation on the practice field, in the weight room and in the film
room. That dedication has paid off for the Heroes I could not be happier
for these guys.
In a town known for its sports the Cape Fear Heroes now join a list of
notable athletes and sporting accomplishments from the area. From Babe
Ruth hitting his first home run in professional baseball in Fayetteville
to being a hotbed for professional athletes including NFL players like
Brad Edwards (Washington Redskins), Marvin Powell (New York Jets), Doug
Wilkerson (San Diego Chargers), Joe Harris (Rams), Joe Horn (Atlanta
Falcons), Donnell Wolford (Chicago Bears) as well as NFL owner Jerry
Richardson and PGA golfer Raymond Floyd.