HOLLY SPRINGS — When Holly Springs and Wakefield met on Friday both teams brought their offensive firepower.
The two teams combined for eight touchdowns in the first half alone.
Still, in a game that witnessed five lead changes, the Wolverines outlasted the Golden Hawks 50-47.
Saron Reed scored the winning touchdown on an eight-yard run with 3:16 left in the game for Wakefield, ranked seventh in the News & Observer.
The Wolverines (2-0) drove 78 yards in just six plays on the game-winning march. Reeds touchdown was set up by a 22-yard pass from Connor Mitch to Brandon Clayton.
The Wolverines stopped Holly Springs on the Hawks final drive when a host of Wakefield defenders pulled down quarterback Mike Roach on a 4th and 5 from the Wolverines 25-yard line.
Roach (16-173) and Markez Davis (16-156) led the Golden Hawks with 329 combined rushing yards. Roach scored five touchdowns, four coming on the ground.
The Golden Hawks (1-1) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead but saw the Wolverines score three straight times to take a 21-14 advantage.
The teams traded scores again, with Wakefield holding a slim 29-28 halftime advantage.
One of the keys to the second half was Wakefield backups Evan Braband and Reed coming in to lead clutch drives and finish them off with points.
Holly Springs appeared as if they might finally win the marathon game when Joey Gizzi scored on a five yard run to put the hawks up 47-43 with 4:28 left.