Dominique Shoffner threw for three scores and ran for another, while De’andre Jones ran for two touchdowns and had a receiving one, and the Middle Creek Mustangs cruised to a 56-0 road win against Green Hope to officially claim this year’s Southwest Wake Athletic 4A Conference title.
The Mustangs (10-0, 7-0) were held scoreless in the first quarter but blew the game wide open with 21 points in the second. Jones scored on runs of four yards and one yard, and Shoffner hit Shammond Hicks for 29 yards.
Shoffner was efficient in his three quarters of work, throwing for 257 yards and running for 16.
He extended the halftime lead in the third when he ran down the middle for a 17-yard score with 7:37 remaining. Just two minutes later, he connected with Shammond Hicks for a 50-yard touchdown before throwing his third one to Jones later in the quarter.
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“We’ve been practicing hard from Day 1. Our defense is phenomenal. They give our offense chances to score; with 3-and-outs, we get more opportunities to score,” said Shoffner.
Green Hope (5-5, 4-3) struggled on offense from the start.
The Falcons had just 71 yards of offense in the game, and their longest play in the first quarter was a four-yard pass. Their offense had more success in the second quarter, thanks to a 37-yard completion from Willie Taylor to Blake Watson, but an interception and fumble shifted any momentum toward the Mustangs.
“Our defense kept us in it until our offense got going. The defense played unbelievable,” said Middle Creek coach Randy Ragland. “That’s one of the best defensive performances we have had all year. If we keep playing defense like that, we’ll be hard to beat.”
The Mustangs will shoot for a perfect season next week against Apex, but Ragland insists there isn’t any pressure on his team.
“Nah,” said Ragland. “We try to focus on us and getting better each day. Now we’re focusing on Apex next week.”
THEY SAID IT
“It’s definitely special, but we have higher goals than (a perfect season). This is expected for us. We have to keep going, striving for that championship,” said Shoffner.
BY THE NUMBERS
2: Middle Creek’s Keith Phillips had two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown
2: The Falcons had just two offensive plays that were more than 10 yards
0: The Mustangs failed on their two fourth-down attempts