By Keith Cramer
RALEIGH -- Wakefield’s Connor Mitch threw seven touchdown passes as the undefeated Wolverines made quick work of Sanderson 57-20 Friday night to open Cap 8 4A action.
It was the third time in his career Mitch has thrown seven touchdowns.
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“He’s a special kid,” Wakefield coach Rod Sink said. “They [Sanderson] were dropping eight a lot of times and he was still finding holes in the defense. That’s pretty good.”
Mitch had five TDs and 326 yards passing at halftime. He finished with 461 yards and completed 30-of-43 passes.
Wakefield (5-0, 1-0 Cap-8) worked the ball quickly in the first half in its no-huddle, spread offense.
Mitch, a South Carolina recruit, started the game by completing his first six passes and 65 yards including a scoring pass to Jordan Fielleteau, a UNC recruit, to help give the Spartans an early 8-0 lead with the two-point conversion.
Wakefield scored touchdowns on its first five possessions in the first half.
“He [Mitch] got a little more comfortable with the people around him tonight. He’s more confident with his receivers. I think we lacked that the first few games. He didn’t really have that confidence,” Sink said.
Fielleteau had three touchdown catches in the first half and 155 yards receiving.
Sanderson (1-4, 0-1) moved the ball well on the ground but couldn’t keep pace with the Wolverine offense.
“We knew we were going to have to match what [Wakefield] was doing, and keeping control of the ball and we didn’t,” Sanderson coach Tony Lewis.
Sanderson had some early momentum but penalties and miscues hurt its drives.
“We’re not a team that can get behind the sticks. We wind up with first and second downs at 15 and 20 it’s putting us in a bind,” Lewis said.
Wakefield kept the momentum going in the third quarter. Mitch had two more scoring strikes, and Darnell Thompson’s 3-yard fumble return for a TD gave the Wolverines a 57-14 lead in the third quarter.
After that, Wakefield packed it up. Mitch was pulled at the end of the third quarter and even the coaches in the press box packed up their headsets and left.