HOLLY SPRINGS — Wakefield senior Evan Brabrand passed for 286 yards and four touchdowns to propel the Wolverines to a 40-28 win over Holly Springs on Friday in their season opener.
Brabrand’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Mike Shelton with 5:21 remaining put Wakefield ahead 33-28. After a big fourth down stop by Wakefield linebacker Kendall Johnson, Kelton Whitehead raced 85 yards to complete the scoring.
Whitehead finished with 185 yards and two scores, the other coming from 52 yards out to put Wakefield ahead 27-21 early in the third period.
Holly Springs sophomore Tray Staten rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. The Golden Hawks fell to 0-2 despite leading by double digits early in both contests.
It was a game of contrasting styles. Holly Springs rushed for 375 yards, while the Wolverines spread the ball around with Brabrand connecting on passes to nine different receivers.
Holly Springs’ Jordan Kornegay completed a 29-yard pass to Kelvin Wilson with 0.4 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Hawks a 28-27 lead entering the final period.
The game was tied 21-21 at halftime.
The Hawks opened the scoring when sophomore Tray Staten capped a nine-play, 66-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown at the 8:34 mark of the first quarter.
Kelvin Wilson scored on a 38-yard run on Holly Springs’ next possession to put the Hawks up 14-0. Wakefield scored on three of its next four drives.
Brabrand was 14 of 18 for 239 yards and three scores at intermission. Josh Lowery, Jake Butler and Omari Williams also caught touchdown passes.