A new look on offense proved to be the charm for Broughton Friday night as the Caps scored the last three touchdowns in the game to stun Millbrook 30-16 in the Cap Eight Confernce opener for both teams.
After halftime the Caps shunned their passing game and became an I-formation running team. Broughton quarterback Maclin Batchelor threw just two passes in the second half – an interception and then a huge 52-yard pass to David Hernandez for a touchdown with just 1:25 left that wrapped up the Caps’ first win.
The second half belonged to Broughton.
“Basically at halftime we told them we wanted to just run right at them,” Broughton coach Chris Martin said. “We have Zaccaeus Williams and Victor Davis and Ryan Hudson up front. That’s a lot of meat. You guys are seniors. We’re going to run it right over you and see what happens.”
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With Trey Peace at fullback and Webster and Michael Giklchrist at tailback, Broughton rushed for 179 yards in the second half after rushing for just 27 yards in the first two quarters. Gilchrist had a 56-yard run to set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Peace that tied the score. The Caps then drove 90 yards in the fourth quarter and Gilchrist scored from the 10 to put Broughton on top for good.
Gilchrist rushed for 132 yards in the second half and finished the game with 152.
“Chris Obame made a couple of big plays at defensive end,” Martin said. “Walker Rice and Quanta Perry, linebackers stepped up. Dominic Ford at corner made some big plays and so did Boone.”
Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore saw his team fall to 1-4.
“We had all the momentum at halftime, playing good, just couldn’t score in the second half,” Inscore said. “Some crucial drives got stopped, but credit them. They did it.”
Both teams left opportunities on the field in the first half. Broughton’s first points came on 2-yard drive after Howard Boone, who also intercepted a Millbrook pass on the final play of the game, returned a Millbrook fumble to the two. Darryl Webster then ran in for the score.
The Caps went up 9-0 on a safety when Millbrook snapped the ball over quarterback Lamar Harris’ head into the end zone.
Millbrook did show more life offensively in the first half, scoring on two touchdown passes from Harris to Corey Cooper, covering 73 and 22 yards. Jarrett Cervi added a 23-yard field goal for the Wildcats’ 16-9 lead.