CARY It’s still Middle Creek’s conference. At least for another week.
In the game everyone expected would have big Southwest Wake Athletic 4A Conference title implications, the Mustangs rolled over host Green Hope 44-7 on Friday.
Middle Creek (6-0, 2-0) has won the league in each of the past three years. The unexpected rout puts the Mustangs in another important SWAC battle next week, this time with Panther Creek (5-1, 2-0).
“We definitely want to put the doubters to sleep. We want to make a name for ourselves every week,” Middle Creek running back Elijah Perry said.
The Mustangs had 315 yards of offense in the first half despite two fumbles that killed drives in Green Hope (5-2, 2-1) territory. Middle Creek scored two touchdowns before Green Hope ran its fifth play, and it snowballed from there.
The Mustangs led 27-7 at halftime after Green Hope got on the board with 18.1 seconds left on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Luke Massei to Bryce Dixon.
Perry (17 carries, 149 yards) had three touchdowns on the ground.
“Whenever we open the holes he seems to find the right one,” offensive lineman Terry Patterson said.
Brant Grisel threw a 19-yard score to Matt Schmitt and a 11-yard touchdown to Evan Yenulevich and Perry scored on runs from 1 and 11 yards out to help build their 27-0 lead.
Grisel was 20 of 38 for 248 yards and no picks.
The Mustangs got a 30-yard Michael Rubino field goal, a 34-yard Perry run and an 11-yard Shammond Hicks run in the second half to keep the points coming.
Middle Creek’s defense had four interceptions from four players: Tavon Holland, Yorick Sands, Dennis Sargent and Daniel Jackson. It was a balanced effort the whole night as Middle Creek’s disciplined defense prevented a back-breaking play.
“It’s just everybody doing their job. If everybody does their job, nobody has to be a superstar. Everybody fills their crease, covers their right guy in their area or zone and you’ve got a chance to be successful as a unit,” Middle Creek coach Mike Castellano said. “When a disciplined defense does what it’s supposed to do, it makes it hard on the offense to make plays.”