Middle Creek, No. 1 in The News & Observer high school football rankings, opened the season in impressive fashion at home Friday night, rolling to a 50-7 win over 9th-ranked Wakefield in a game stopped with 3:34 left on the clock with lightning in the area.
“The defense really played well, got after them,” Middle Creek coach Randy Ragland said. “And (quarterback Dominique) Shoffner had the offense moving the ball, too. We scored on four of five possessions in the first half.”
THREE TO KNOW
Dominique Shoffner: In his second year as the starting quarterback for the Mustangs, he was brilliant, connecting on 14 of 17 passes for 168 yards and threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
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“I was able to be patient back there because my offensive line played so well,” Shoffner said.
George Maya: The Middle Creek senior defensive end was one of several standouts for the winners.
Matthew McKay: An N.C. State football commit, he was the victim of the Mustangs’ defensive pressure all game, and had no rushing yards on 17 carries. He completed 11 of 24 passes for 77 yards and a 28-yard touchdown pass to Scott Gerald.
BY THE NUMBERS
11: Shoffner completed his first 11 passes of the season before throwing an incomplete pass.
122: Offensive yards by the Wolverines. “Their quarterback (McKay) is shifty, a good ballplayer and we tried to get to him. We had a lot of guys trying to get him,” Mustangs defensive coach Ken Ray said. “Myra, Daniel Jackson, Connor Cheyunski, Michael Russell, and John Singleton, they were all in there.”
337: Offensive yards the Mustangs totaled in the shortened game. Shoffner passed for the 168 and the running game balanced things out with another 167 yards.
With 5:33 to play in the first half Shoffner lofted a perfect pass that Jordan Mitchell caught in full stride for a 51-yard touchdown pass that gave the Mustangs a 22-0 lead. With Shoffner's defensive teammates also playing well, it proved to be all the points Middle Creek needed. “I just put the ball out there and Jordan made a really good catch,” Shoffner said.
THEY SAID IT
“With seven starters back on both sides of the ball, I expected us to play like this,” Shoffner said.