Enloe’s Hamilton Moore scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:36 remaining, then came up with a crucial stop on fourth and 1 with less than two minutes remaining as the Eagles remained undefeated with a 21-14 win over Millbrook.
Enloe (6-0) continues to be the surprise team in the Triangle, but needed some fourth quarter magic to defeat the Wildcats (1-4), who took an early 6-0 lead when Connor Jordan hit Ethan Lentz for a 15-yard score early in the second quarter.
The Eagles answered on the ensuring drive when Moore punched it in from inside the five for his first of two touchdowns. The score was set up thanks to a big gain on the ground by Christopher O’Neal. The extra point was good, and Enloe led 7-6 at the break.
O’Neal put the Eagles ahead 14-6 midway through the third with a three-yard run, but the Wildcats were not going out without a fight on their homecoming night. Jaden Patterson scored on a short run with 5:12 remaining in the game, and added the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14.
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Enloe’s game-winning drive was set up by a long kickoff return by Deandre Swain, giving the visitors the ball in Wildcat territory. It didn’t take long for Moore, who committed to play football at Yale, to punch it from the one. However, the Eagles would need two more plays for their senior leader before leaving Millbrook with the win.
The Wildcats faced fourth and one from midfield when Patterson took a toss towards the Millbrook sideline. There he was met by Moore, who laid a big hit on Patterson, forcing a change of possession.
“I know our coaching staff really prepared us,” Moore said about the fourth down play. “Fourth down, I-formation, everyone knows they are running the ball. I had to come down hill and make a play.”
Enloe still had to melt the clock to secure the win, and the Millbrook defense was tough, forcing the Eagles into a third and 17 situation. Moore took a handoff around the right side for 18 yards and the first down with 1:02 remaining to lock up the second straight close victory for Enloe.
“We have to be able to show we can win tough ones,” Eagles’ head coach Ken Blocker said. “When you get tested, and hit in the mouth, you have to show you have the character to come back or to fight and not to quit.”
Enloe returns home next week to take on Broughton. Millbrook will travel to Leesville Road.
LEESVILLE ROAD 41, SANDERSON 14
Leesville Road got back in the win column after a big road win over Sanderson. The Pride (5-2, 1-1) jumped out to a 34-0 lead before the Spartans were able to get on the board late in the fourth quarter.
David Sohn scored three touchdowns for Leesville, and the Pride defense held Sanderson (2-3, 0-2) to just 106 total yards in the first half, a season-low for the Spartans. Sohn scored from 16, 17 and 5-yards out during the blowout win.
Sanderson quarterback Trey Baker threw to fourth quarter touchdown passes - one to Justin Daniel, the other to Ben Foscato - for the final margin of victory.
HILLSIDE 30, JORDAN 20
Playing a game for the first time in three weeks, Hillside (3-2) jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead over Jordan (1-5) before edging out a 10-point victory.
The Hornets put eight points on the board in the first quarter, then had a 14-point second quarter to take a comfortable 22-point cushion into the locker room at halftime.
BROUGHTON 37, SOUTHEAST RALEIGH 14
Broughton (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak with a convincing win over winless Southeast Raleigh (0-6).
The Capitals jumped out a 37-0 over the Bulldogs as Gordon Guest connected with Jakym Clark in the first half, as well as scores from KJ Haywood and Dabreyn Belfield. The Broughton defense also got in on the scoring act, forcing a safety late in the game.
NORTHERN DURHAM 18, APEX FRIENDSHIP 7
The Knights improved to 6-0, defeating Apex Friendship, who dropped their fourth consecutive game.
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