Wake Christian used a big-play one-two punch to collect a convincing victory Friday night.
Kyle Patterson rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and freshman Nathaniel Williams passed for 155 yards and two scores, including one to Patterson, leading the Bulldogs to a 36-20 victory against Hobbton.
The victory was the third of the season over a 1A public school for WCA (3-2). WCA had won the teams’ only previous meeting 42-26 last season.
Raequan Bryant led the Wildcats (0-4) with 104 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
“We moved Hunter Wilson to nose guard in the third quarter, and that just shut them down,” WCA coach Steve Cochran said. “That’s how smart we are – we made one move and it made that much difference.
“But seriously, Nathaniel is really doing a good job. He’s got a lot of great days ahead of him at quarterback. And Kyle just makes plays whether you hand the ball to him or throw it to him. He just makes plays.”
The Bulldogs led 13-7 at halftime before breaking open the game in the third quarter.
“We had our opportunities, but we just have to learn how to tackle and how to finish,” Hobbton coach Jeff Byrd said. “Defensively we stopped some of the things I thought they were going to do. But we just have to work on our blocks up front and sustain some drives.”
WCA scored on its first possession, the touchdown coming on a 42-yard Patterson sprint down the left sideline to finish a five-play, 60-yard drive.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead in the second quarter, as Williams found Patterson in stride up the middle for a 75-yard scoring strike. T.J. Lowell added the extra point to make it 13-0 with 8:15 left in the half.
“I just followed my blocks and went where the holes were,” said Patterson, who doubles at cornerback. “Our offensive line is really opening up some holes and doing a great job protecting the passer, too.
“And Nathaniel is really stepping up. He’s a great leader for a freshman.”
Hobbton got a big play of its own before halftime when Bryant broke off a 61-yard scoring run. Malik Parker added the conversion at 4:49.
Patterson scored his third touchdown on a 54-yard run with 7:28 left in the third
Williams hit Earnest for a 68-yard scoring pass with 4:11 left in the quarter, and the Bulldogs tacked on a safety at 2:59 to make it 29-7.
Hobbton chipped into the lead on J.D Faison’s 75-yard return of a blocked field-goal attempt.
But the Bulldogs locked it up on an Adam Jones’ 3-yard run with 3:37 to go.
Hobbton completed the scoring on Ellis Wilson’s 19-yard run with 51 seconds left.