The Wake Forest Demon Deacons finished off what turned out to be another disappointing season. With the 2006 ACC Championship long past the memories of Wake Forest fans, they will have to look to the next season for hope and excitement as the 2015 season ended with another tough 3-9 record. The final loss being against rival Duke 27-21. The Deacons furiously attempted to comeback in the fourth quarter scoring 14 points in that span, but once again could not muster up enough to win the game.
Duke was the better team in the first three quarters, storming out to a 24-7 lead and Wake’s furious comeback came too late to change the outcome. Duke’s Thomas Sirk played well with 275 passing yards and 57 rushing yards with three total touchdowns. His two touchdowns through the air were to Max McCaffrey. Wolford and the Deacons offense just could not keep pace with Duke.
The Wake Forest season culminated with few high points and a lot of lows. Their victories were against Elon, Army, and Boston College, three teams that did not have great seasons themselves and both the Army and Boston College wins were close to the final minute of the game. The rest of the games were tough losses to opponents with better rosters currently.
The Deacons will have to look back on this season and learn from their errors. Late game interceptions and missed defensive assignments plagued the team throughout the year. Those will cost any team lots of football games. The Demon Deacons had opportunities to win games and pull off upsets, but faltered with some critical mistakes that proved too costly for the team to overcome.
There are some good takeaways as well for Wake. The youth on the team is abundant and can only improve the program in the near future. Players like John Wolford, Kendall Hinton, Cortez Lewis, and Tabari Hines can improve the Deacons and build the team for multiple years as they mature and grow together. Wake Forest has a lot of young talent and this year can help them learn to fight through adversity. The ACC is going to stay tough, but the Deacons have the ability to get better.