RALEIGH — Wakefield’s football duo of Connor Mitch and Jordan Fieulleteau made one last connection Wednesday, but this one was different than the others.
This was inside the Wolverines’ gymnasium and in front of a much smaller crowd than those at Wakefield football games. It also was in reverse.
Fieulleteau, a wide receiver, tossed a football to Mitch as the South Carolina commit prepared to take his turn during Wakefield High School’s signing day event, featuring senior athletes signing letters of intent to play collegiate sports.
Fieulleteau had just finished posing for his photos in UNC blue, and now it was his quarterback’s turn.
Both players committed early, so the event was a formality – an opportunity for family and friends to snap the traditional signing day photo. They will go their separate ways in January, enrolling in college for the spring semesters.
“It’s a sign of your hard work paying off and a dream come true,” Fieulleteau said.
Mitch agreed, saying, “Individually I’m happy with where I am, but I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to win a state championship.”
The Wolverines lost to Garner, 76-34, in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA playoffs.
While Fieulleteau will be moving up the road to Chapel Hill, Mitch will be in Columbia, S.C., nearly four hours from family and friends.
“That’s what I’ll miss most, but I know we’ll keep in touch in college,” Mitch said.
The two were teammates in middle school and then played varsity ball together for three years. Mitch played on the varsity team as a freshman, while Fieulleteau joined as a sophomore.
They helped each other grow and were generally the go-to option when the Wolverines needed a big play. The duo helped Wakefield become the Triangle’s top passing offense and one of the area’s biggest offensive threats.
“Jordan gave Connor a safety blanket,” said Wakefield coach Rod Sink. “When he got frustrated, he knew he could throw the ball deep to Jordan, and a lot of times it worked out for us ... usually when we needed a spark or a lift.”
Mitch led the area in passing this year, completing 306 of 497 passes for 4,701 yards and 63 touchdowns. Fieulleteau, Mitch’s favorite target, finished his senior year as the area’s top receiver, hauling in 1,649 yards or 126 yards per game and 24 receiving touchdowns.
“I’m proud of myself and my team for the last four years,” Fieulleteau said. “I will never forget the experiences I had here at Wakefield.”
Coaching the two standouts was also an experience, Sink said.
“You couldn’t ask for two better young men with the right body build, the level of skill, and to be on the same team – it’s extremely rare,” he said. “I’ll never coach another pair like them on the same team. ... We’ll probably not see another two like them in the same class in the Triangle area.”
When Mitch threw for a state record nine touchdowns and 667 yards against Broughton last month, Fieulleteau was at the receiving end of five of those scores, one shy of the state record.
“He always tells me a good receiver needs a good quarterback,” Mitch said, “and vice-versa.”