The Wakefield Wolverines blew a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter but won on a Matt McKay touchdown run in overtime to down Broughton, 44-37.
On second down, McKay ran to the left side of the field and into the end zone from nine yards out for the opening overtime score. Broughton’s Stephen Chambers’ 4th-and-5 run was stopped in the backfield by two Wolverine defenders to seal the victory.
“At the end up 21 points, you think, ‘not bad,’ said Wakefield coach Rod Sink. “We stalled, they come down and score. Get the onside kick, score again, ‘OK, now it’s a ballgame.’”
Following loses to two of the top teams in the Cap Eight Conference, Wakefield (5-4, 3-2) more than tripled their scoring output after scoring just 12 points in each of their loses to Wake Forest and Millbrook. McKay had two first-quarter touchdown passes, one to Jeremy Massenberg, and the other to one of his favorite targets Marius Cooper. Cooper had eight catches for 118 yards
Broughton (1-8, 0-5) still has not won a game since August, when it opened the season with a win over Cary. Dominic Ford was sharp early. Ford threw an 80-yard touchdown to Kanden Rogers, and had a five-yard pass to Chambers shortly before the first half ended.
Ford threw for 398 yards and ran for 117 more in the loss.
After a Charlie Morris 23-yard field goal with 11:19 left in the game, Wakefield led 37-16. Josh Roberts scored his only touchdown of the game on a two-yard run to cut the deficit to 14 points. After a defensive stand, Broughton got the ball back, and behind a ground attack featuring Chambers and Ford, the Caps cut the deficit to a touchdown following Ford’s one-yard rushing score.
“You feel like everything’s turning against you,” said Sink.
On second down at the Wakefield 27 yard line, Ford escaped a defender near the left sideline and lobbed a throw to Patrick Link to tie the game.
Sophomore running back Rico Jenkins, playing his second game, scored on an eight-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 104 yards on the ground.
“He was amazing,” said Sink of his sophomore running back. “He didn’t play last year. We’re lucky he decided to come out and play football for us this year he’s patient, making the reads and hitting the holes when he sees them.”