RALEIGH — Connor Mitch didn't want the first half to end. He knew, deep down, that this was a different Friday night, maybe even a special one.
Mitch's back was to the scoreboard at Millbrook High School late in the second quarter. Plenty of the lights on the scoreboard were lit - for Wakefield had scored plenty. Yet there was 88 yards ahead of the Wolverines with less than two minutes left.
And like every drive before this one, Mitch was near-perfect. He ended his first half with a precise pass to receiver Brandon Clayton, his fifth option on the play, for a 32-yard touchdown. Never sacked, never forced to punt in the first half, Mitch and the Wolverines were on their way to their most impressive win of the season: No. 3-ranked Wakefield 63, Millbrook 28.
"I didn't expect this at all," Mitch said. "This was beyond special from all the other games I've played."
It had to be, especially after Mitch threw most of his 485 yards prior to the start of the fourth quarter.
Before many of the plays began, Mitch had a good idea where the ball was going. With Wakefield (6-0, 2-0 Cap Eight 4-A) spreading Millbrook's defense with multiple receivers, Mitch found teammates such as receiver Chris Ballen racing past defenders.
"We were doing everything right and Millbrook was leaving Chris open," said Mitch, who threw four touchdowns. "I think we ran five fades in the first half."
And in order to score 49 points in the first half, Wakefield ran a no-huddle offense that kept Millbrook (3-3, 0-2) frustrated throughout the game.
Sure, the Wolverines were already averaging 45 points before Friday. But Crews said the team was motivated to score even more since Millbrook made Wakefield its homecoming opponent.
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