Southeast Raleigh sophomore quarterback Cameron Marshman took his team 93 yards in the game's final five minutes Friday night at Millbrook as the Bulldogs won its first game under new head coach Marvin Burke, 13-9 over the Wildcats.
By David Justice
RALEIGH - Southeast Raleigh sophomore quarterback Cameron Marshman took his team 93 yards in the game's final five minutes Friday night at Millbrook as the Bulldogs won its first game under new head coach Marvin Burke, 13-9 over the Wildcats.
"A win is a win and this is the kind of games you want to win," Burke said. "It really tests the kids. It's easy to blow people out but its hard to win close games like this, especially when you give up a safety and a deep ball and you are down 9-7. Then you've really got to fight, dig deep and be mentally tough. We towed the line, the offensive line stepped up. It was great, a beautiful ball game."
With both defenses dominating so much of the game, Millbrook appeared to have the upperhand when Wildcats receiver David Robinson made a fine diving catch of a throw by junior quarterback Lamar Harris, giving his team a 9-7 lead early in the third quarter.
But in the game's final, winning drive, Marshman got plenty of help from his offensive line, which had its best series of the game, senior receiver Sandy Chapman had a pair of catches for 71 yards, and junior running back Aschod meeks-Ewing, who entered the game as a backup, delivered a 17-yard run to the two-yard line, that set up the two-yard touchdown run by Meeks-Ewing with just 41 seconds left on the clock.
Both defenses were clearly ahead for most of the contest. Southeast led 7-0 at halftime after Chapman slipped away from a defender for a 33-yard touchdown pass on a fourth down play midway the second quarter. That play accounted for 33 of the Bulldogs' 124 total yards in the first half. Marshman threw for 91, connecting on seven of 11 attempts and sophomore runner rushed for 33 yards, but missed the second half with an injury.
Meeks-Ewing came on to rush for 54 yards in the second half and Marshman threw for another 84 yards.
Millbrook first got on the board on a safety by defensive end Davion Alled late in the third quarter when he caught Meeks-Ewing trying to go wide.
Burke was pleased with the play of his young defense, especially up front with tackles Phillip Shuler and William Reese.
"Those were new guys up there, except Sam Anumihe at one end. And he had his younger brother [sophomoe Chritian] at the other end. they all stepped up," Burke said. "We've got kids stepping up and they've shown they can win.
"I told our guys we're going to play great defense until our offense catches up."
Harris ended up with 136 yards, completing 14 of 22 passes.
"We had them deep, had them where we wanted, but they drove down field, made the plays and we didn't, credit them," Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore said. "But I"m proud of our kids, showed a lot of heart and fought the whole game. Both teams did. It was a heck of a battle. They just made a few more plays than we did."
The Millbrook defennsive front of Allred, James Smith-Williams, Donovan Dawkins, ands Luke Collins kept the Wildcats in the game.
"I thought our defense played well most of the night, missed a few tackles, got out of position a couple of times, but Southeast is a good team. They're going to bounce back and do a great job this year and our boys are going to bounce back and do a great job, too."