Holly Springs and Middle Creek pair off Friday night in a Southwest Wake 4A game that matches the only two teams that are unbeaten in league play.
Middle Creek topped Panther Creek 24-21 on a last-second field field goal last week while Holly Springs overwhelmed Cary 48-14.
Holly Springs started the season slowly, losing to Heritage, Wakefield and Sanderson in its first three games. The Hawks began a winning streak against Durham Jordan and has added conference victories over Fuquay-Varina, Athens Drive and Cary.
“As a team we are playing more cohesive and practicing harder,” said Holly Springs senior Jordon Kornegay, who scored two touchdowns in the win over Cary. “Everything has been clicking lately for us. Tonight I wanted to make plays each time I touched the ball.”
Holly Springs rushed for 325 yards in the win.
“I’m very proud of the kids,” Holly Springs coach Will Orbin said. “As a program we didn’t flinch, we kept on doing what we know would work. These kids showed great resolve and determination to string together these victories.”
Shrine Bowl: Middle Creek wide receiver Curtis Burston has been out all season with a foot injury but was among the 44 seniors selected to play on the North Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game.
Mustangs coach Mike Castellano said he had nominated Burston last spring and that Burston had performed well in combines and camps in the summer.
“We’re really proud to have our first Shrine Bowl selection,” Castellano said. “He earned the recognition, and I’m sure he will play and play well in the game.”
The game matches all-star teams from North and South Carolina. The 77th annual game is scheduled for Dec. 21 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C.
Leesville Road runner Braxton Berrios, who also is injured; Southern Durham wide receiver Maurice Trowell; Durham Hillside receiver Travion Thompson; Cleveland runner Isaac Martin; and Bunn kicker Freeman Jones also were selected to the squad.
Burston is among several injured Mustangs. The lineup Castellano envisioned last spring has been altered to include six sophomores and two freshmen.
Marshall delivers: Marcus Marshall, the younger brother of former Millbrook standout running back Keith Marshall, is having a big impact on the Wildcats.
On Friday, the junior rushed 15 times for 197 yards and scored on runs of 80, 1 and 34 yards in a 34-13 Cap Eight 4A win over Broughton. He also has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
Howle’s around: Former Bunn coach David Howle returned as the Wildcats head coach this season with the understanding that he’d miss some games in order to watch his son, Ty, play at Penn State.
But Howle has been able to rework his schedule. He anticipates coaching in six of the Wildcats’ first eight games.
“It’s been good,” Howle said. “There has been some long days, but it has been good. I think everyone understands that I need to be there for Ty during his senior year.”
The Wildcats (4-3) have won three straight, including Friday’s 41-12 win over Southern Vance.
“We’re getting better, but we’ve got some tough conference games ahead,” Howle said referring to upcoming games against Roanoke Rapids, South Granville, Franklinton and Warren County.
Slugfest: South Granville and Franklinton got locked up in a high-scoring game Friday night. Three touchdowns were scored in the first two minutes. South Granville eventually won 67-57.
The teams accounted for 1,048 yards in offense. South Granville rushed for 472 yards.
The combined 124 points is short of the the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 142-point record. Cardinal Gibbons defeated the Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf 100-42 in 1995 and Windsor beat Creswell 142-0 in 1930.
The highest-scoring competitive game was Fuquay-Varina’s 83-58 win over Southern Durham in 1995. Tarboro beat Hertford 70-69 in 1993.
The NCHSAA list of top-scoring games stops at 127 points.