That’s all that was on the minds of the Middle Creek football team after their 56-28 battering of Wakefield Friday night – who’s next?
“We try to quote the barber – he always says, ‘Next,’ ” said Middle Creek coach Mike Castellano. “The next one for us Apex in conference play.”
The Mustangs (4-0) were thorough in their destruction of the Wolverines (2-2). Defensive back Yorick Sands had three interceptions and the Mustangs forced six turnovers on the night. Anthony Mitchell accounted for two of the Mustangs’ four QB sacks.
They set the tone from the outset. On the game’s first series, Middle Creek’s Alex Sutton forced a fumble and Anthony Mitchell recovered it at the Wakefield 1-yard line. That led to Elijah Perry’s 1-yard TD run and a 7-0 lead 66 seconds into the game.
In the second quarter, John Singleton recovered another Wakefield fumble at the Wolverines 1-yard line, leading to Brant Grisel’s 1-yard TD run.
Shortly thereafter, linebacker Brandon Weinberg intercepted a Wakefield pass and returned it 26 yards to the end zone for a 28-7 lead.
Wakefield slowed the Mustangs’ potent offense for most of the first half before Grisel picked them apart. He finished off the Mustangs’ 28-point second quarter with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Rasheem Eaton, giving Middle Creek a 35-7 lead at halftime.
Up 35-14 early in the third quarter, the Mustangs put away any Wakefield designs on a comeback. First, Grisel connected with Evan Yenulevich on a 44-yard touchdown pass. Wakefield’s David Knight returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, but Middle Creek responded almost immediately with Perry’s 3-yard TD run for a 49-21 lead.
Grisel completed 20 of 30 passes to eight different receivers for 283 yards and three touchdowns.
“We played in spurts,” said Castellano. “We’d be really happy if we’d done it from beginning to end. That’s something we’ll have to work on this week.”