Millbrook (6-2, 3-1) used a two-person rushing attack to lead the way in a 30-28 victory over Wakefield on Friday night.
Larry Rountree III, the star running back for the Wildcats, played a bruising style of football and punished defenders trying to tackle him. He ran for 94 yards on 18 carries and scored twice. Chris Twitty, a much smaller back, broke out a couple of long gains and led the team with 103 yards on eight carries and scored once.
Wakefield (5-3, 2-2) moved the ball well in the third quarter but had trouble converting opportunities into points in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines did make a comeback attempt at the end as they scored a touchdown with 16 seconds. But on the ensuing onside kick, they couldn’t recover.
On the first series of the fourth quarter, Wakefield drove down the field and looked poised to make it a possession game. At the Millbrook 17-yard line, Wakefield quarterback Matt McKay lost the ball and stymied momentum for the Wolverines.
THEY SAID IT
“(Millbrook’s Larry Rountree III is) the best running back in the conference,” said Wakefield coach Rod Sink. “They do a good job at getting him the ball as many places as possible.”
THREE TO KNOW
Chris Twitty, Millbrook: Twitty provided the change of pace for Rountree’s pounding running style. Twitty ran for 103 yards and a touchdown and also recovered an onside kick at the end.
Matt McKay, Wakefield: Although McKay made his share of mistakes – he threw a pick and fumbled – the Wolverines had a chance to win because of him. He looked really good passing the ball in the third quarter. McKay rushed for 97 yards and a score and threw for 265 yards and two scores.
“They got a good quarterback,” said Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore. “We knew we were going to have to do a job on him keeping him contained, and I thought we did a decent job for most of the night.”
Tyler Snead, Millbrook: Snead caught five of Millbrook’s six passing completions in the game. Millbrook didn’t only look for him downfield – it used him on jet sweeps and screen passes, too.
BY THE NUMBERS
3: The three touchdowns for Rountree showed his versatility as a runner and returner.
4: Four different Wakefield receivers – Rico Jenkins, Nathan Jester, Jeremy Massenberg and Najeem Wilson – each had at least four receptions as McKay looked to spread the ball around.
5: Number of touchdowns in the third quarter. Millbrook scored on the second play of the second half, and the two teams kept going back and forth.