RALEIGH — Knightdale delivered the first blow Friday night, but Millbrook more than answered back in its 48-19 victory.
The 2-0 Wildcats were going into the game off a 34-0 thumping of Garner a week ago, but lost this shutout in just 16 seconds when the Knights' Greg Jackson took the opening kickoff, used some blocking and quick moves to speed away for a 98-yard touchdown. Evan Pirotta then kicked the extra point and Knightdale, which lost to Enloe last week, led Millbrook 7-0.
"I think we came out a little lackadaisical. We looked it on the opening kickoff and missed some tackles," Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. "But then we kind of shored things up and played better. We had a really good second half."
Senior quarterback Brian Kass had another strong showing to lead the Wildcats' explosive offense, which piled up 485 yards. Kass rushed for 111 yards on 16 carries and threw for 279, completing 20 of 34 passes. Kass ran for three touchdowns and passed for another.
Defensively, the Milbrook front of noseguard Jacob Dameron, tackles Cotter Collins and Tyler Ford and ends Dylan Wells and Marcus Plummer kept the heat on the Knights' offense, particularly in the second half, when Knightdale had minus-8 yards rushing on 10 attempts.
For the game, Knightdale totaled 74 yards rushing and 123 passing.
Two third-quarter interceptions helped the Wildcats add to their 24-13 lead.
Sophomore linebacker Justus Hoffman had the first interception and returned it50 yards for a touchdown that stretched the lead to 38-13.
On the Knights' next possession, Wells tipped a pass and pulled it in to set up a 29-yard drive and another touchdown, pushing the advantage to 45-13.
"Millbrook's a good team, a very good team," Knightdale coach Kamelio Johnson said. "And we're trying to get to where they are. Tonight wasn't as much about the score but about the effort. We've just got to put this past us and get ready for Wakefield. We'll start that Monday morning."
Trailing 7-0, Millbrook drove late in the first quarter, and Kass tossed a short pass to Kuwon Eldridge, who turned it into a 16-yard scoring play to tie the score.
Eldridge later scored on a 16-yard run and gained 61 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Kass' 8-yard touchdown run early in the second period put Millbrook ahead 14-7 after David Brown's extra point.
Knightdale pulled to within 14-13 when Aaron Smith caught a pass from quarterback Ben Bolling and raced away from two Millbrook defenders for a 47-yard touchdown. But the kick that would have tied the score was blocked by Plummer.
Millbrook continued to roll, getting Eldridge's 16-yard touchdown run and then a 28-yard field goal from Brown for the 24-13 lead.
In the second half, Kass scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards, Hoffman had his interception return and Brown added a 21-yard field goal
Knightdale's final points came on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bolling to Ira Tripp.