RALEIGH — What started as a back-and-forth contest quickly turned into a rout as Wakefield cruised to a 49-20 win over Holly Springs in its home opener. Neither team could get its offense going early, as both teams took quick three-and-outs on their first possessions, but it didn’t take long for Wakefield senior quarterback Connor Mitch to take control of the game.
What started as a back-and-forth contest quickly turned into a rout as Wakefield cruised to a 49-20 win over Holly Springs in its home opener.
Neither team could get its offense going early, as both teams took quick three-and-outs on their first possessions, but it didn’t take long for Wakefield senior quarterback Connor Mitch to take control of the game.
“It started out a little slow,” said Wakefield coach Rod Sink. “They stuck with us. … I think they came out ready and caught us a little off guard.”
Wakefield recovered a Holly Springs fumble to take possession and score first with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ridges Quinton, but the Golden Hawks tied it minutes later on a Jerrel Herndon rushing score.
Mitch found Justin Fieulleteau for a touchdown at the start of the second quarter, then Golden Hawks running back Kelvin Wilson led a drive downfield to knot the score at 14 with 10:28 left in the half.
Wakefield used a three-score second quarter – Mitch fired a 68-yard pass to Jordan Fieulleteau and a 46-yard throw to Tommy Evans for scores – to lead 28-18 at the half and run away with the victory.
“When we scored to go up 21, I think our defense said ‘no more’,” Sink said. “But I knew (Holly Springs coach Will) Orbin would do a good job with the offense having seen Leesville Road last year.”
The game was the second for both Sink, who stepped into the head coaching position after serving as Wakefield’s offensive coordinator, and Orbin, who took over at Holly Springs (1-1) after serving as offensive coordinator at Leesville Road.
“It was back-and-forth (in the first half), but we made some mistakes,” Orbin said, specifically pointing to Holly Springs’ successful faked punt on a first quarter fourth down that was then followed by fumble. “We can’t do that, especially against a team like Wakefield that’s so explosive.”
Wakefield (2-0) didn’t let up after the break as Mike Shelton streaked up the sideline on a 39-yard return to start the half. That led to a Wakefield march up the field that ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass for Quinton’s second of the night and Mitch’s fifth throw for a score.
Wakefield would score again on David Chavis and Kamel Bloodworth rushing touchdowns, and Holly Springs quarterback Brett Hudspeth found receiver Elijah Reteguiz in the end zone for the final score of the game.
“It helps us moving forward,” Orbin said of his team facing the high-powered Wolverines. “As you go down and see the big picture. … To me you’ve got to learn how to compete first, then win and win consistently.”
Holly Springs hosts Cary next week while Wakefield goes on the road to meet Knightdale.