Millbrook’s Marcus Marshall got off on the right foot to start the game with a 59-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage as the Wildcats defeated host Enloe 36-20 Friday night.
On the first play, Marshall rushed to the right, shrugged off two tackles and galloped 59 yards for the score. Marshall added three more rushing touchdowns in the game helping Millbrook (4-1, 1-0) win the Cap-8 conference opener.
“It’s huge. You want to get off on the right foot,” Millbrook head coach Clarence Inscore said about winning the conference opener.
“Anytime you start off 1-0 in the conference it’s a lot better than starting 0-1. You’re fighting an uphill battle when you start with a loss.”
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Millbrook jumped out to a 30-6 halftime lead. The Wildcats scored 16 points in the final two minutes of the first half.
With Millbrook leading 14-6, Marshall had a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:53 to play – his third of the first half. Then on Enloe’s next possession, Josh Stetson intercepted a pass and returned it 32-yards for a touchdown with 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Then on the kickoff, a bobbled return left Enloe at its own two-yard line. On the next play, a swarm of Wildcats got a safety to cap the scoring at 30-6 in the first half with 30 seconds left.
Marshall added a fourth touchdown midway through the third quarter to give Millbrook a 36-6 lead.
But Enloe kept scrapping. Kept in check most of the game, and sacked eight times, the fleet-footed Lewis kept Eagles’ hopes alive with a 14-play, 53-yard drive that spilled into the fourth quarter.
On fourth-and-goal from the Wildcat 8-yard line, Camron Lewis was flushed out of the pocket to his right, slipped out of a jersey grab, shrugged an arm-tackle, rolled back to his left and scrambled for an opening where he spun through two defenders to slip into the end zone for the score. Lewis’ run may have covered over 30 yards on the play for the 8 yard score. Lewis capped the TD with a two-point conversion run. Enloe trailed 36-14 early in the fourth.
Enloe (2-3, 0-1) forced Millbrook into a rare punt, and on its following possession, Lewis moved the Eagles to the Millbrook 16 yard line. Anthony McEachin had two consecutive carries, the last a two yard run for a touchdown. The conversion pass attempt was intercepted keeping the score 36-20.
“Enloe came out in the second half and played great and took it to us, but our kids responded,” Inscore said.
“We’ve got to be able to put games away. We’ve got to be able to finish. I’m proud of our effort but maybe not of our execution,” Inscore said.