WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest-Rolesville scored early and then turned the game over to its defense Friday night as the Cougars opened the 4AA football playoffs by posting a 31-0 win against Cap Eight 4A foe Millbrook.
The win means coach Reggie Lucas' troops will face Cap Eight champion Leesville Road in Round 2 next Friday. The Pride defeated Wake Forest-Rolesville last week to close out the regular season.
Lucas was glad to see his team's solid, balanced performance, especially after a loss.
"We needed to bounce back and it was important for us to come out like we did," Lucas said. "We took the opening kickoff and went right down the field. Even though we wanted seven points but only got three, still being able to drive like that set the tone for us. It was the line that established the game for us."
Big plays on offense, defense and in the kicking game boosted the Cougars to a 17-0, first-quarter lead.
Fullback Seth Hall's 24-yard run was the big gainer in the opening drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal by Drew Alvarez.
Then Ford Williams picked off a Millbrook pass and returned it 29 yards to set up a 24-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Fray to Kavon Russell, making the lead 10-0.
Four plays later, Wake Forest-Rolesville scored again, this time on Petey Williams' 54-yard punt return.
Williams added a 77-yard touchdown run and Hall scored from the 7 to complete the scoring in the second quarter.
Clifford Jones led the Cougars with 108 yards rushing, all in the first half.
Millbrook shutout the Cougars in the second half.
"We gave up too many big plays and just couldn't get anything going offensively," Wildcats coach Clarence Inscore said. "Our defense played better in the second half, but their defense was so good the whole game."