Wakefield became the running Wolverines on Friday night as they amassed 311 rushing yards in a 41-28 win over visiting Enloe.
The usually pass-oriented Wolverines improved to 4-2 and 2-0 in Cap-8 conference play.
“We tried to take advantage of what they are giving us,” Wakefield head coach Rod Sink said. “Our running game really opened up tonight.”
Kelton Whitehead gained 202 yards and touchdowns runs of 57 and 74 yards. The deceptively fast back, whose frame resembles more a cinder block than a speedster, also had a 5-yard TD reception.
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“I get that a lot,” Whitehead said when told he doesn’t look fast.
“I guess it’s cause I’m big,” Whitehead added with a smile.
Whitehead’s first score gave the Wolverines a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The touchdown followed a 20-yard interception return by Dontel Dunston that put Wakefield up 7-0.
Enloe’s Cameron Lewis, a wide-receiver converted to quarterback, answered with a 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. On the Eagles’ next possession, Lewis completed a 6-yard swing pass to Patrick Swain for a touchdown to tie the game at 14 in the second quarter.
With just over a minute before halftime, Wakefield’s Earl Uptgrow recovered an Enloe fumble at the Eagles’ 12 yard line. Two plays later, Matt McKay tossed a swing pass to Whitehead, who barreled forward five yards for the score. Charlie Morris’ extra point made it 21-14.
Wakefield opened the third quarter with a 37-yard touchdown pass from McKay to Ronnie Procopio. The extra point was blocked, leaving the Wolverines up 27-14.
Lewis answered again for Enloe (2-5, 0-2) with a 9-yard touchdown run. Lewis did a 360-spin move to evade a tackle and slip one more defender before darting into the end zone. Enloe trailed 27-21.
“He’s getting a better understanding. Right now he’s our best option,” Enloe head coach Steve Johnson said of his new quarterback. Lewis finished with 153 yards rushing, 174 yards passing, contributing to all four Enloe touchdowns.
On Wakefield’s next play from scrimmage, Whitehead burst through the line and outraced the defenders for a 74-yard touchdown run. The conversion pass was good for two points, and the Wolverines led 35-14 midway through the third quarter.
Jeremy Massenberg’s 53-yard touchdown run put Wakefield up 41-21 with four minutes left in the game.
Lewis would move the Eagles down the field for one last score with 50 seconds left on a 5-yard run. Ogburn’s extra point made it 41-28.
“We tried to take away their passing game, but they offset it by being stronger in the running game,” Johnson said.