Matt McKay didn’t know where to place the first bag of ice following Wakefield’s 35-21 non-conference win at Holly Springs Friday.
“I would say both,” McKay said when asked what was more sore between his arm or his legs. The junior quarterback rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries while completing 16 of his 24 passes for 151 yards and another score.
Whether scrambling to extend a play and find an open receiver or tucking the ball and turning upfield, McKay left a trail of Golden Hawk defenders in his wake for much of the night in leading the Wolverines (1-1).
“We chased him all night. He just made plays and made us look silly sometimes,” Holly Springs coach Robert Furth said.
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Tray Staten rushed for 105 yards for the Golden Hawks (0-2) while Jackson Baum got the best of McKay on a second-quarter play to return an interception 56 yards for a touchdown.
McKay led off the scoring with a 77-yard run and followed with touchdown sprints of 11 and 18 yards while also hooking up with Marius Cooper for a 23-yard strike. Jeremy Massenburg added a 10-yard touchdown run for Wakefield.
Holly Springs quarterback Davis Ferguson tossed for 117 yards including touchdown passes to Davis Stafford and Bryce Wheaton.
Down 22-12 late in the third quarter and faced with a fourth down at the Wakefield 16-yard line, Holly Springs turned the ball over on downs when wide receiver Trent Granholm got his feet tangled up with a Wakefield defender and the pass fell incomplete. The Wolverines took advantage of the break, marching 84 yards for a touchdown to make it 29-12 entering the final period.
They said it
“I would say about 70 percent of it is improvising and 30 percent is a run play for me.” McKay on when he decides to run versus when the play calls for him to run.
Three who mattered
Matt McKay, Wakefield: The Wolverines quarterback accounted for 309 yards of offense and four touchdowns while leaving Holly Springs defenders scrambling to catch him in the backfield.
Marius Cooper, Wakefield: The senior wide receiver caught six passes for 93 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown.
Tray Staten, Holly Springs: The running back finished with 105 yards on 23 carries despite missing most of the fourth quarter with an injury.
By the numbers
70: Percentage of offensive plays where McKay either ran or threw.
268: Yards of total offense in the first half by Wakefield.
56: Yards of total offense in the first half by Holly Springs.
25: Yards rushing by Staten in the first half, on eight carries.
80: Yards rushing in the third quarter alone by Staten, on 12 carries.