RALEIGH — Undefeated and No. 1 ranked Wake Forest shook off a scoreless first quarter and then delivered big play after big play to put away winless Broughton 49-10 in the Cap Eight opener for both teams.
The Caps (0-5) were able to shut down the 5-0 Cougars for the opening period, but Wake’s Devante Reynolds, Jamal Sweet, and Bryce Love combined for over 200 yards in the second quarter alone to stake coach Reggie Lucas’s team to a 21-3 halftime lead.
Wake then scored on its first three possessions of the third period to stretch the advantage to 42-3.
“This game started out like I thought,” Lucas said. “For some reason Broughton has always given us trouble and coach (Billy) Lane is really doing a good job here. The kids are rallying behind him and he’s getting them to play hard every Friday night.
“We want to control the ball, run the ball, but we’ve become a team that makes a lot of big plays and that’s what happened tonight,” Lucas said. “Devante Reynolds ran hard and got us going offensively.”
Reynolds benefited from the inside running of fullback Sweet, who gained 108 of his 127 yards in the first half and scored the first touchdown on a 2-yard run. Reynolds gained 107 in the opening half and 133 for the game. He had a 14-yard touchdown run and scored on a 23-yard pass from backup quarterback Ki’mon Small.
“The yards I gain come from my teammates blocking and practicing hard Monday through Thursday and then Friday we come out and play like a team,” Reynolds said.
Love finished the game with 84 yards rushing with touchdown runs of 14 and 15 yards and he caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mack Moore, who completed four of six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, including a 7-yard pass to Brooks Cunningham.
Broughton’s scores came on a 3-yard field goal by Andrew King and a 43-yard pass from Patrick Kearney to Dominic Ford.
“Our kids responded really well to the things we repped up and schemed up this week,” Lane said. “We actually did a good job stopping Wake Forest in their base offense. Then they made some adjustments and we didn’t counter punch as well as they did. Physically they’re a big team and ahead of us in the weight room.
“Offensively, we had trouble with the pressure they were bringing. They don’t do a lot of things on defense, but what they do, they do well.”
“We’re coaching effort right night and to the kids credit they’re giving effort everytime we ask for it,” Lane said.