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Braband impressive in Wakefield football win

It took Wakefield’s offense a quarter to find its rhythm Friday night. After that, the Wolverines’ developing team had little trouble putting points on the scoreboard.

Wakefield (3-0) scored 21 second-quarter points and cruised to a 42-11 nonconference victory over Southeast Raleigh (1-2).

Senior quarterback Evan Brabrand, a first-year starter who played behind South Carolina recruit and four-year starter Connor Mitch for the previous two seasons, is getting his chance now. And he is showing that he has some skills as well.

Brabrand, a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder, ran for two scores and threw for two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines’ offense, which is averaging about 40 points per game. The Wolverines like to spread the field, run out of the shotgun and count on their quarterback to be a field general.

Leesville Road 39, Athens Drive 3: The Pride got a slower start than usual, but walked away from Athens Drive with a nonconference win.

Senior Braxton Berrios finished with 15 carries for four touchdowns and 189 yards rushing, and was 7 of 10 passing for 74 yards, for the Pride (3-0), which was coming off of a bye week.

Malcolm Hitchcock scored on a 90-yard kickoff return, and Parker Yount knocked in a 42-yard field goal.

Sophomore corner back Connor Eller snatched two of the Pride’s four interceptions against the Jaguars.

Wake Forest 33, Wilmington Hoggard 23: The Cougars jumped to a 21-0 lead and eventually capped their nonconference schedule with a win on the road against Hoggard. Wake Forest (4-0) is off next week before opening Cap Eight play Sept. 27 at Broughton.

Millbrook 41, Northern Durham 2: The Wildcats trounced the Knights, getting points in all facets. Millbrook (3-1) scored on two fumble returns (Sam Blue, 16 yards and Julian Williams, 21 yards) and an 83-yard Daminick Wilkins punt return. Quarterback Reid Herring (5 of 7 for 80 yards) threw one touchdown pass, and Jarrett Cervi knocked in two field goals.

Cardinal Gibbons 35, Broughton 28: Shawn Stankavage threw for three touchdowns and 434 yards on 22 of 36 passing for Cardinal Gibbons (3-1). He also ran in a 12-yard score, as the Crusaders held off the Caps (0-4). Broughton’s Patrick Kearney had four passing scores of his own on 23 of 34 passing for 334.

Heritage 41, East Wake 35: What looked like a comfortable victory for Heritage turned interesting late. Heritage (3-1) led 34-7 before East Wake made a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Heritage had 322 yards of offense, 183 yards rushing and 139 yards passing. East Wake ended up with 505 yards of offense, 155 yards rushing and 350 yards passing.

Charlotte Latin 35, Ravenscroft 25: The Ravens (1-3) fell short of a comeback attempt. Ravenscroft was led by Jamie Herakovich (9 of 13 passing for 207 yards, and 88 yards on 14 carries). Latin passed for 400 yards, completing 18 of 34 passes.

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