Millbrook used an explosive third quarter Friday night to pull away from host Wakefield and keep its hopes alive of a share of the Cap-8 Conference championship with a 38-12 victory.
Leading 14-6 at the half, Millbrook (6-2, 3-1) scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter.
Isaiah Bowman had a 48-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Reid Herring on the Wildcats’ first possession of the third quarter. Nick Viola added a 34-yard field goal, and Marcus Marshall had two rushing touchdowns to cap the scoring in the quarter.
“We were able to execute offensively and put the ball in the end zone,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. “Marcus is a tough runner to bring down, and Reid makes great decisions with the football.”
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Herring started the scoring in the first quarter with a big play. Running back Trey Threatt ran a wheel route out the backfield and was left wide open. Herring lofted a pass to Threatt who scampered down the sideline untouched for the score.
Wakefield answered in kind. On the last play of the first quarter, quarterback Matt McKay hit Marius Cooper on a slant for 60 yards. Cooper slipped a tackle and raced downfield before he was tripped up from behind at the 2. On the first play of the second quarter, Kelton Whitehead plunged ahead for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked, leaving the score 7-6.
Millbrook answered on its next possession when Herring found Anthony Bowman in the back of the end zone.
Wakefield (4-4, 2-2) had a couple opportunities in the first half but couldn’t capitalize. David Knight intercepted Herring at the Wildcats’ 19 – Knight’s second pick of the game. However, three plays later McKay was intercepted at the Millbrook 2-yard line – the first of three interceptions by the Millbrook defense.
“Mistakes have been the biggest thing for us all year,” Wakefield coach Rod Sink said.
The Wakefield defense stood tall at the end of the second quarter. The Wolverines stopped the Wildcats twice on goal-to-goal situations from the 1-yard line in the dying seconds of the half. The Wildcats fumbled the exchange on fourth-and-goal, and Wakefield smothered Herring, who covered the loose ball.
Any momentum Wakefield had dissipated in the third quarter. The Wolverines went four-and-out to start the half, failing on fourth-and-1 from their 48. Bowman scored on the next play to start Millbrook’s 24-point surge.
Rico Jenkins’ 7-yard touchdown run with four minutes left for Wakefield capped the scoring.
Millbrook faces Heritage next week. Heritage also has one loss in the Cap-8, and both teams trail undefeated Wake Forest, which already has defeated Millbrook and Heritage.