WENDELL — It took a field goal by the offense and a blocked field goal by the defense for the Millbrook Wildcats to edge the East Wake Warriors 29-28 Friday.
Wildcats’ kicker Jarrett Cervi made a 28-yard field goal with 1:15 left in the game to give Millbrook (1-2) a one point lead, and their first win of the season.
“I just went up there and kicked. I didn’t even think about it,” said Cervi. His kick cleared the uprights, unlike the Warriors’ (0-3) Jonathan Adams, whose 22-yard attempt was blocked at the line of scrimmage as the game clock struck zero.
“(East Wake) made some big plays and didn’t go down easy,” said Wildcats coach Clarence Inscore. “Our defense stepped up at the end; with their backs against the wall, they held strong.”
Heading into the game, Inscore tried to keep his team motivated and told them to forget about the injuries and the 0-2 start. His words provided inspiration as Millbrook came out and won the back-and-forth contest.
After allowing the Warriors’ Damontay Rhem an opening 2-yard run to start the game, Millbrook answered as quarterback Lamar Harris ran 22 yards across the goal line with 8 minutes left in the first half.
“We had to make a change. We wanted to prove a point tonight, and that’s what we did,” said Harris.
The Wildcats worked quickly as they began on offense in the third quarter. Harris’ run of 12 got them going to set up Daminick Wilkins’ 3-yard run to cut the deficit to one.
However, the Warriors went down the field when Alex Cowan took the kickoff 40 yards to the Millbrook’s 31-yard line. East Wake wasted the good field position when Adams’ 37 yard field goal fell short.
East Wake held a tight 21-19 lead heading into the final quarter. But Rhem’s second touchdown of the game gave the Warriors a little breathing room.