RALEIGH — Wakefield and East Wake combined for 979 yards of total offense in a Wild Wild West shootout that saw the Wolverines still standing in a 55-41 Friday night win.
The victory keeps the Wolverines undefeated (4-0), while the Warriors (0-4) continue to look for their first win of the season.
Wakefield, which recorded 590 of those yards, was led by senior quarterback Connor Mitch, who completed 18-of-26 passes for 357 yards, threw for five touchdowns and ran for another.
His main target was senior wide receiver Jordan Fielleteau who totaled eight catches for 144 yards despite being shut out in the first quarter. Teammates Quinton Ridges and Wesley Neal had 81 and 78 receiving yards, respectively.
But it wasn’t all “Air Mitch.” Sophomore running back Kelton Whitehead bruised his way to 170 yards and two TDs on just 17 carries.
“My offensive line really blocked for me and opened up holes that I could run through,” Whitehead said. “With Connor back there passing, it gave me a little more room to get through because they (East Wake) didn’t know what we were going to do.”
The Warriors moved the ball down Wakefield’s throats in their first possession of the game, going 70 yards in just six plays to take a 7-0 lead on Damontay Rhem’s six-yard scamper.
The Wolverines quickly regrouped, however, scoring 21 straight points to take a 21-7 lead.
“We knew we had to come back quickly after that (East Wake score),” Whitehead said. “We can’t give up that many points.”
The Warriors closed to 28-21 with 4:10 left in the first half, but that was as close as they would get. QB Trent Evans completed 17-of-29 yards for 268 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.