It didn’t start pretty, but Millbrook extended its win streak over Heritage to four games and took sole possession of second place in the Cap-8 after grinding its way to a 17-15 victory.
“We had to stay true to what we wanted to do,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. “Our kids didn’t panic and stayed true to the course.
“Every game in the Cap-8 is huge,” he added.
Despite having two of the top three highest scoring offenses in the conference entering the night, points were at a premium. Entering the second quarter, Millbrook had mustered only minus-3 yards of offense and Heritage didn’t fare much better.
However, in what looked like a surefire sack for the Millbrook defense to open the second quarter, Heritage quarterback Gunnar Holmberg escaped the pressure on a 44-yard rushing score.
A Thayer Thomas 2-point run gave the Huskies an 8-0 lead.
After another lackluster drive, the Wildcats’ offense came to life right before the intermission, with Larry Rountree III taking a draw up the middle 21 yards to narrow the deficit to 8-7.
Rountree exploded in the second half, punching in a 2-yard rush in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 6-point lead.
The teams traded blows on defense, but a fourth interception from Holmberg, a Duke recruit, set Millbrook up for a 38-yard field goal from Will Gentile that gave the Wildcats a crucial two-score lead at 17-8.
Holmberg threw a touchdown pass to Thomas with 1:07 to go, but it was too little, too late.
“It’s the first bad game we’ve played,” Heritage’s Dewayne Washington said. “You can’t manufacture confidence, but our guys are going to keep their heads up.”
A Millbrook interception just before Gentile’s field goal ended what was at that point anyone’s game.
THREE TO KNOW
Larry Rountree III, Millbrook: 27 attempts, 150 yards, two touchdowns.
Nic Vinson, Millbrook: Two interceptions and locked down the Huskies’ receivers.
Will Gentile, Millbook: Routinely pinned the Huskies deep in their own territory – including on the final drive of the game – and tied a career-long on his game-clinching field goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
5: Turnovers by Heritage.
3: Teams with two losses in the Cap-8, creating a tie at third place.
6: Heritage receivers – Gemmell, Gontram, Person Jr., Muldrow, Thomas and Minter – to catch at least one pass.