FUQUAY-VARINA — Millbrook made all the big plays in its season opener against Fuquay-Varina, coming through with a 23-8 victory on Friday.
Wildcat junior Marcus Marshall scored twice, including an 81-yard punt return in the third quarter. Millbrook senior defensive end Sam Blue scored the games first points on a 54-yard fumble return in the first period to give the Wildcats the early momentum.
The Bengals outgained the Wildcats in yardage, with 257 yards to Millbrooks 209, but were unable to come up with enough big plays. Eric Sugarman scored for Fuquay-Varina with 2:42 remaining in the game to prevent the shutout. Daniel Neikens added the conversion run.
The kids made some big plays and I thought our defense was strong all night, said Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore. This is a big win for us against a physical team and we wanted to be tested. Im really proud of our kids.
Blues strip of a F-V ball carrier and alert play to pick the ball up and score set the tone for the game.
We never really settled down after that fumble, said first year F-V coach Jeb Hall. Give a lot of credit to Millbrook, but Im proud of our kids effort. We made some mistakes but we can get a lot better fast.
Wildcat senior Daminick Wilkins rushed for 92 yards, while a leaping 36-yard catch from Brandon Goldsmith set up a Jarrett Cervi 20-yard field goal just before halftime to put Millbrook ahead 16-0.
F-V senior Tyler Williams and junior Damarus Williams accounted for 195 of the Bengals rushing yards.