Wakefield’s Nick Dennis recovered a fumble inside his own 20-yard line in the final two minutes and the Wolverines drove for the winning touchdown in a 34-27 Cap Eight 4A victory against Sanderson.
The Wolverines’ Evan Brabrand had his fourth touchdown pass of the game when he hit a diving Tim Adams in the back of the end zone with 1:10 left.
Brabrand, who threw for 226 yards, helped the undefeated Wolverines, who are No. 5 in the N&O rankings, build a 21-7 lead at halftime lead.
But the Spartans came back in the second half on a Zairee Parker 30-yard score, a Matt Koehler scoring run and a Koehler to Ben Millward touchdown pass.
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Gibbons tops Wolves: Cardinal Gibbons opened its Big Eight 3A season with a 56-28 win against Cedar Ridge.
Gibbons (4-1) racked up 549 yards of total offense and scored on its first five possessions of the game.
Led by running back David Smith’s 112 yards on just eight carries, Cardinal Gibbons rushed for 299 yards, while senior quarterback Shawn Stankavage threw for 248 yards – 210 yards in the first half – and four touchdowns.
The Crusaders defense held the Red Wolves to 75 total first-half yards and less than 200 for the game.
However, Cardinal Gibbons also committed five turnovers, which didn’t sit too well with coach Steven Wright.
“Yes, those turnovers do stick with me but I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” Wright said. “I was very pleased with the first half. Our offense executed and our defense played well.”
Middle Creek, QB Grisel beat Apex: Middle quarterback Brant Grisel threw three touchdown passes in the first half to lead Middle Creek to a 21-7 win at Apex in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Grisel completed 24 of his 32 passes for 299 yards and one interception in addition to his three touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (3-2, 1-0) to victory.
East Carolina commit Curtis Burston was out due to an injury, but that didn’t stop the Mustangs. Grisel connected with Keon Smith for two of his scores. Jay Schuller scored the other touchdown for the Mustangs.
Apex (2-3, 0-1) cut the score to 21-7 late in the first half, but could not get any points on the board after that. Quarterback Ian Boyd led the way for the Cougars with 8-for-13 passing for 54 yards, an interception and 197 yards on the ground, including an 83-yard touchdown run.
Clayton runs by Trojans: Clayton rushed for 396 yards in a 49-7 Greater Neuse 4A win against Harnett Central. The Comets’ Rodney Rowe rushed for a 169 yards and Eric Hoy added 146.
Riverside outscores Cleveland: Durham Riverside scored the last two touchdowns to outscore Cleveland 63-49 in a non-conference game.
Millbrook celebrates: Millbrook (4-1) celebrated its homecoming in fine fashion as it opened its Cap Eight 4A season with a 56-13 victory against Enloe (0-5).
Avery leads Bunn: Ashton Avery rushed for 164 yards in leading Bunn to a 49-7 win against Northampton.
Triton falls: Erwin Triton, ranked No. 6 in the N&O pull, lost to Rocky Mount 24-21 in a non-conference game.
Ravens lose: Charlotte Country Day defeated Ravenscroft 21-7 in an independent school game. Jamie Herakovich passed for 172 yards in the loss.
Franklinton continues roll: Franklinton (5-0) has put up a lot of points this season, but its defense came through in a 37-22 win against Granville. Central has scored 50 or more points three times this year.
ECH tumbles: Jamestown Ragsdale dashed past East Chapel Hill 28-7.
SSS falls: Smithfield-Selma (0-6) led most of the first half but lost 24-7 at Northern Nash (4-2).
Northern falls: Undefeated Greensboro Dudley (5-0) handed Northern Durham (0-6) a 42-7 loss. Northern had 100 yards in total offense and Dudley piled up 402 yards.
Lee cruises: Lee County had no trouble in claiming a 36-0 victory against Gray’s Creek.
Pinecrest pounds Jordan: Southern Pines Pinecrest (6-0) pounded Durham Jordan 55-7. The Falcons fell to 1-5.
WCA takes homecoming: Wake Christian Academy beat Kestral Heights 56-6 in an independent school win.
Person takes win: Roxboro Person earned a non-conference 51-28 victory against Bartlett Yancey.
St. David’s wins big: St. David’s raced past Halifax Academy 55-33 in an eight-man contest. St. David’s Melvin Briggs ran for 228 yards, Braxton Montague had 175 yards in receptions and Will Wampler passed for 284 yards.