A week after being held to six points in defeat, Millbrook bounced back in a major way with a 46-7 victory over visiting Northern Durham.
It was the Marcus Marshall and Reid Herring show as the former ran for 229 yards and three scores while the latter threw for 175 yards and a pair of TD passes.
“Our boys were ready to play tonight,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. “We had a lot of hard practices this week getting ready for tonight, our game plan was great and our assistant coaches did a great job getting these guys ready to play.”
It did not take long for the Wildcats offense to get in a groove as they needed just eight plays to cover the 49 yards needed for the game’s first score as Herring found Anthony Bowman wide open in the end zone from 23 yards out.
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Marshall then took over on the ground for Millbrook (3-1), gaining yards in big chunks for much of the night as he did on his 60-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, his 24-yard dash in the second quarter and his 57-yard TD run in the third quarter.
The Knights twice ventured into the red zone in the first half but came away with no points to show for their effort as the Wildcats’ James Smith Williams single-handedly put a stop to both drives.
Williams picked off Northern Durham quarterback Luke Fenlon on the Millbrook two yard line after Northern Durham recovered a Wildcats fumble deep in Millbrook territory.
Then, late in the second quarter, after Domineke McNeill’s 63-yard run set the Knights up at the Millbrook 19-yard line, Williams came up with back-to-back sacks to force the turnover on downs.
Northern Durham made one more foray deep into Millbrook territory in the third quarter but Joe Cooper came up with the interception to turn away the Knights.
“It sounds like a bad record that keeps on playing for us,” Northern Durham coach R.J. Wilson said of his team’s trips inside the 20-yard line that resulted in no points. “We’ve got to do a better job at preparing them to finish drives. Those were huge, coming out empty-handed.”
The Knights (0-4) finally did get on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter on a McNeill six-yard score.
McNeill ended the game with 69 yards on the ground to lead Northern Durham while Alphonso Gbojueh added 54 more.
Raul Oquendo was a disruptive force all night long for the Wildcats, never more so than on his 69-yard interception return in the second quarter that gave the hosts a 26-0 lead.
“We talked about having each others’ backs,” said Inscore. “When things aren’t going well or something bad happens, you’ve got to take over. The defense did that tonight. We made a few mistakes offensively but when we did, we did, we knew the defense was going to go out there and make a stop.”