RALEIGH — — Connor Mitch threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns and Wakefield stayed undefeated with a 54-21 Cap Eight win over Millbrook Friday night.
But the Wolverines had much more of a challenge on their hands than the final score would indicate. Millbrook (1-5) battled toe-to-toe with the 6-0 Wolverines for the first half, which ended 21-21.
The Wildcats stunned the nearly full stands at Wakefield with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Harris to Andrew Ezebuiro on the first play of the game.
Wakefield’s offense answered with a score, a 31-yard touchdown pass from Mitch to Quinton Ridges. However, Millbrook scored, too, on a 48-yard run by Damnick Wilkins. Harris threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Corey Cooper just after Wildcat David Robinson came up with his second interception of the half.
“We watched film on those guys and in two games we didn’t see them punt a single time,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. “I was really proud of how our defense came out and played and our offense scored on the first play from scrimmage. Our players came out ready to play. We’re so young, we’ve just got to learn how to overcome bad things. I’m really proud of our effort. The kids played hard the entire game. We’ve got to build on that first half.”
The third quarter was entirely different, though, as the Wolverines broke through for four touchdowns, including three touchdown passes by Mitch.
“We got in gear in the second half, started playing like we’re supposed to,” Mitch said. “Some people say we were looking ahead to next week and weren’t really focused.”
Wakefield travels to Leesville Road next week and then hosts Wake Forest-Rolesville.
“We’re getting into the meat of our schedule, the next two weeks are big as far as getting where we want to go,” Wakefield coach Rod Sink said.
“Millbrook was ready and for our offense had trouble getting going against their defense, they took some things away from us, and they hit some big plays on us,” Sink said. “Eventually things settled down and started working our way a little bit.”
The Wakefield defense also picked up the pace in the second half.
Sink pointed to the defensive play of Dylan Knode and Darnell Thompson on the line, linebackers Evan Braband, C.J. Bolware and Jake Butler and back Xavier Smith