WAKE FOREST — After quarterback Connor Mitchs record-setting performance last week, Wakefield closed out the regular season with a more balanced attack in its 42-21 victory at Heritage on Friday night.
Mitch set state records for total passing yards and touchdown passes in a game (nine) against Broughton last week.
Against the Huskies, the South Carolina recruit was 10 for 21 for 167 yards with four touchdown passes, including a 76-yarder to Chris Ballen, who beat two Heritage defenders for the ball and then ran away from them.
The Wolverines rushed for 179 yards, with sophomore Kelton Whitehead doing most of the damage. He had 17 carries for 109 yards and added a 10-yard scoring run.
They kept dropping a lot of people in coverage so we had to run the football. We know we can, Wakefield coach Rod Sink said. We came out, tried to throw the ball, saw what they were doing, sometimes dropping eight, and we said lets just run it. Let Kelton do his work, hes not a bad back.
The win pushed the Wolverines to 10-1 and clinched second place in the Cap Eight. The only loss was to undefeated Leesville Road.
We knew we messed up earlier in the year and knew we had to come out and take care of business, Sink said.
Heritage, with its first senior class, will make the playoffs with its fourth-place finish and 6-5 record.
We never got in rhythm tonight, Heritage coach Jason McGeorge said. The opening kickoff, we dont field it, and then get on offense and fumble it. We didnt overcome the bump tonight. But were still playing. One of my favorite sayings is Fido, forget it and drive on. Weve had a successful season and we need to get back to how we were playing.
Heritage trailed 28-14 at halftime, with scores from Plucky Clinton on a 1-yard run and a 14-yard pass from Jaylon Mallory to Peyton Holste.