Three Luke Massei touchdown passes were more than enough for Green Hope to roll over crosstown foe Cary 37-3 on Friday. The Falcons defense added three interceptions – two by Troy Maslowski, who returned one for a score.
The win sets up a Southwest Wake Athletic Conference showdown next week when the Falcons (5-1, 2-0) host unbeaten Middle Creek. At the beginning of the year, the teams were picked to finish as the top two in the league.
“They don’t really make a lot of mistakes,” Green Hope coach Kwame Dixon said. “You take great coaching with a disciplined football team and you come up with Middle Creek. We have to be very sound, because if we have a weakness they’ll exploit it.”
Massei threw two touchdown passes to Javon Galloway (three catches, 47 yards), an 8-yard strike in the third quarter and a 16-yards toss in the first. Massei finished with 155 yards on 17-of-36 passing with no interceptions.
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Massei’s third touchdown pass, which came one play after Maslowski’s first interception, was a 9-yard fade to Matt Duckworth (five catches, 50 yards) that put the Falcons up 27-3.
Two plays later, Maslowski returned his second interception – in three defensive plays – 20 yards for a touchdown. Green Hope also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Ridge Ford (11 carries, 50 yards) in the first quarter.
Maslowski, who was The N&O baseball player of the year in the spring, has five interceptions this year to go with the six he racked up last year.
“Troy is an elected captain, super leader, awesome football player and very intelligent. He puts everyone where they’re supposed to be,” Dixon said.
Maslowski will face plenty of passes next week against the Mustangs (5-0, 1-0).
“We’re all really excited for that game. We’re just going to play how we play,” Maslowski said. Middle Creek quarterback Brant Grisel “is going to be a tough one to go against.”
Green Hope led 13-3 at halftime. Cary’s lone score was a 32-yard field goal by Jack Long.
The Imps (0-5, 0-1) had just 107 yards of offense – including 2-of-9 passing for four yards.
Green Hope kicker Nolan Paussa nailed a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter for the game’s final points. The Falcons’ B.J. Cowen added an interception to set up Ford’s run.
It was Hall of Fame night at Cary, and five new inductees – Melissa Council Howald, Scott Kooistra, Kirk Hudgins, Mike Robertson and Anthony “PhatCat” Walton – were inducted at halftime.