Middle Creek, the top-ranked team in The News and Observer’s area football rankings, continued to roll Friday night with rival Fuquay-Varina the latest victim as the Mustangs took a 42-14 win.
Fuquay-Varina (6-3, 4-2 Southwest Wake 4A) scored first, but Middle Creek (8-0, 5-0) answered with 42 straight points to cruise to the win.
“We settled down after that first series and played better,” Middle Creek coach Randy Ragland said. “We’ve got some good athletes on defense and they’re playing well and forcing turnovers.”
Fuquay’s Michael Roberson got his team out of the hole – they started their first drive at the 1 – with a 64-yard run on the first play. Seven plays later Fuquay quarterback Brycen Braswell ran 15 yards for a score.
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Middle Creek, though came back with five first half touchdown to take a 35-7 lead at halftime. Dominique Shoffner, the Mustangs senior quarterback ran for two of the scores and passed for the other three. He also threw a touchdown pass in the second half.
“The offensive line played well, really phenomenal,” Shoffner said. “And the receivers were making catches and getting up field.”
With the score tied 7-7 midway the first quarter, Fuquay ran the ball on a four-and-one situation. But Mustangs junior middle linebacker Connor Cheyunski was in the hole to make the stop and turn the ball over to the Middle Creek defense. “Connor had a very good game and although he is just a junior he is like a coach out there,” Middle Creek defensive coach Kendal Ray said.
THEY SAID IT
“We study film a lot so we have a good idea what the other team is going to do,” junior linebacker Connor Cheyunski said. “And we have a lot of unselfish players on defense. From the line, to the linebackers to the backs, we’re together out there.”
THREE TO KNOW
Dominique Shoffner, Middle Creek: Shoffner is having an outstanding senior year and completed his first nine passes of the game. He ended up 17 for 22 for 246 yards, including four touchdown passes and touchdowns on runs of 13 and 19 yards.
Jordan Mitchell, Middle Creek: The junior receiver caught three passes for 71 yards, including a highlight diving catch on a 33-yard touchdown pass. “ He is very athletic and fun to watch, and play with,” Shoffner said.
Daniel Jackson, Middle Creek: “He had a real good game with a couple of picks, good to get the turnovers,” coach Ray said of the senior safety