Millbrook used a balanced attack on offense, a change from its run-heavy strategy in week one, to cruise to a 30-7 win over Knightdale in nonconference action on Friday.
The Cap-8 Wildcats (2-0) offense picked up where it left off the week before, giving star running back Marcus Marshall the ball for 13 touches and 71 yards in the first half. Marshall was the first to score, but it came on a 48-yard play that started as a pass from Reid Herring to the flat and saw Marshall cut to the opposite side of the field. Nick Viola’s kick made it 7-0 five minutes into the first quarter.
Herring settled in from that point onward, throwing a 22-yard dart to Trey Threatt to set up the 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 19-yard pass to Anthony Bowman with eight minutes remaining in the third. Herring finished 14-for-21 for 212 yards and the three scores.
“They’re two great players,” Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said of Herring and Marshall, who finished with 105 yards on 16 carries. “We’ve got a really good running game that carried us last week, but tonight we were able to do a little bit of both (running and passing). With a balanced attack you get to keep the defense on their toes a little bit.”
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A 34-yard field goal by Viola and 71-yard punt return by Raul Oquendo gave the Wildcats the 24-0 lead at the half. Bowman’s third-quarter score was set up by a fumble recovered by Wilhelm Heinsen on what was the Knights’ best drive of the game. Millbrook’s two-point conversion attempt came up short.
Knightdale (1-1) was held to 133 yards from a nine-man rushing corps and 37 yards through the air. The team improved after it posted 18 total yards in the first half.
The Knights (Greater Neuse River Conference) got their lone score on a 17-yard pass from Nick Pope to Andrew Tuazama in the final minute.
“The score doesn’t say it, but I feel like we’re still moving int he right direction,” said Knightdale coach Cedric Dargan. “I thought we fought to the very end. We stuck together. There wasn’t a lot of finger pointing and I’m proud of that.
“This was a good team. Millbrook wasn’t the the No. 1 preseason team for no reason.”
Joshua Schenck led the Knights on the ground with 36 yards on five carries.
Threatt added 44 yards on three rushes for the Wildcats and 42 yards on three catches, including his score. Thanks to his touchdown catch, Marshall was also Millbrook’s receiving leader with 56 yards on just two grabs.