Bunn Hopes to Continue Success in Playoffs

After completing the regular season with an impressive 11-0 record, the Bunn Wildcats are poised to make some noise in the NCHSAA 2A playoffs. Averaging more than 43 points per game, the Wildcats boast one of the state's more impressive offenses.

Behind that offense is a duo of talented skill players, such as the Scout.com rated TE/DE Mike Rinfrette, who has committed to join the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest next year and Joey Henn, a jack of all trades who has 40 catches this season for 12 touchdowns, and over 850 yards. The 6'3" 175lb. Henn plays wingback, free safety, and returns kickoffs and punts on special teams. Rinfrette has compiled over 800 yards this season in an offense that boasts multiple threats.

"Our success this season has been due to senior leadership," said head coach David Howle, who's led the Wildcats for the past 17 seasons. "We've got nine seniors who have started for four years. They've won at every level and are a very tight knit group. These guys have been playing together since middle school in virtually every sport. With the ability they have to spread the ball around, it's been very difficult for opposing teams to stop us."

Outscoring their opponents by an average of more than three touchdowns, Bunn enjoys stellar play from a young defense.

"We have some young guys on defense who gave up some points early on," noted Howle. "But we're getting better every week.

Ranked seventh in our NCPrepReport.com poll for 2A, the Wildcats have every reason to have high expectations for the upcoming playoffs which kick off this Friday night. However, Coach Howle is modest of his program's success and seems to divvy up all the credit to everyone but himself.

"We've won three very close games this year, so I'm not really sure we are what you'd call a typical number one seed," said Howle. "But we have people in the right places. We're going to take this one game at a time. I've got a great staff of assistants and we're really thankful to all the support we've gotten from the community of Bunn. There aren't very many football towns like Bunn anymore."

With the first round contest against Pender looming this Friday, the Bunn Wildcats stand ready to reward themselves and their community with a deep playoff run.

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