Millbrook tops East Wake with last-minute touchdowns

From staff reportsSeptember 6, 2013 

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Millbrook quarterback Reid Herring drove the Wildcats the length of the field before throwing the game-winning touchdown pass with 43 seconds left in a 20-14 non-conference win over East Wake.

Millbrook had taken a 14-0 lead when Marcus Marshall returned the second half kickoff 95 yards. Daminick Wilkins laer ran nine yards for a touchdown in the third period for a 14-0 lead.

The Warriors (1-2) had a 10 minute drive in the first quarter, but came away empty when the Wildcats (2-1) stopped a fourth down play at the 3-yard line. East Wake fought back to tie the game 14-14 in the fourth quarter before Herring led the late drive.

Mustangs gallop: Middle Creek, No. 3 in the N&O rankings, cruised past Smithfield-Selma 46-14. Mustangs quarterback Brant Grisel completed 18 of 29 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first three periods.

Jay Schuller has two touchdown receptions and Elijah Perry rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Smithfield-Selma’s Kevonte Holder had a 92-yard kickoff return. Raequan Smith scored SSS’ other touchdown.

SSS (0-3) has dropped 33 consecutive games, but has dropped from the 4A class this year to 3A. The Spartans play undefeated Clayton, another 4A club, next week.

Athens upsets Lee: Athens Drive (2-1) upset previously undefeated Lee County, No. 15 in the N&O, when a 33-yard field goal attempt fell short in the closing minutes.

The Jaguars' Dominique Lynch didn't play in the first quarter, but ended with four rushing touchdowns and 98 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback John Politis was 26-of-32 for 207 yards.

Lee County's Duane' Bland had two touchdowns on 11 carries for 105 yards and teammate Jerry Pullam had two scores on 11 runs for 109 yards.

Lee, which moved from 4A to 3A this year, had won its first two games.

Green Hope pounds Jordan: Green Hope, No. 13 in the N&O rankings, survived temporary power outage at Durham Jordan (1-2) to take a 46-8 victory. The lights went out in the second period for a few minutes, but Jordan never got their offense powered up.

The victory was the first ever by Green Hope (2-1) over the Falcons.

Green Hope’s Luke Massei threw three touchdown passes.

Wakefield tops Northern: Wakefield climbed to 2-0 with an easy 37-7 victory over Northern Durham. The Wolverines are 2-0 while Northern fell to 0-3.

Orange blanks Pirates: Orange, No. 6 in the N&O rankings, built a three-touchdown lead in the first period enroute to the 38-0 win over Riverside. The victory was the third straight this season over a 4A opponent.

“So far, so good,” said Orange coach Pat Moser whose team is averaging almost 40 points a game. “On defense, our kids are extra talented. Our first team defense has not been scored on this season.”

Panthers quarterback Garrett Cloer threw for 186 yards – 152 in the first half – and three touchdowns, as Orange took charge early and never looked back. The Panthers scored four touchdowns off four of the Pirates turnovers, including three in the first half.

“They are a good football team, and we knew we had to throw the ball to loosen them up,” Moser said. “He (Cloer) just continues to play real well. He’s smooth and calm.”

Carrboro holds on: Carrboro, No. 10 in the N&O, stopped a late Chapel Hill drive to claim a 29-28 non-conference victory.

Chapel Hill (0-3) recovered an onside kick in the final minutes and attempted to move into position for a field goal attempt, but was stopped on downs by the Jaguars.

Carrboro (3-0) reached the state 2A finals in 2012.

Granville blanks Webb: South Granville shut out Oxford Webb 42-0 as Sean Bowman rushed for 177 yards. The Vikings defenders held Webb to 57 yards rushing on 33 attempts.

East tops Cedar Ridge: East Chapel Hill held on to top Cedar Ridge 24-21 in a game between clubs that had each dropped their first two games.

Southern Durham surges: Southern Durham, No. 8 in the N&O, surged past South Brunswick 62-14 as the Spartans (1-1) rebounded from a season opening loss to rival Durham Hillside last week. South Brunswick fell to 0-3, but got its first two touchdowns of the season.

Cary Christian wins: Cary Christian picked up its first win of the season with a 22-6 eight-man football win over rival St. David’s. Cary Christian scored on passing plays of 69, 75 and 72 yards.

Franklinton rolls: Franklinton, under new coach Jeremy Buck, out-scored North Vance 50-28.

Corinth wins: Corinth Holders (2-1), which battled undefeated Clayton last week, took control in the first half and topped North Johnston (0-3) 33-12.

Northwood battles: Undefeated Pittsboro Northwood was slowed down, but emerged with a 22-6 non-conference win over nearby Siler City Jordan-Matthews. Northwood passed for a school-record 501 yards last week, but could never get its offense in gear against the Jets.

T riton romps: Undefeated Triton, No. 12 in the N&O, romped past Harnett Central 48-6 to climb to 3-0.

J. Mike Blake, Bonitta Best and Tom Shanahan contributed to this story

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