RALEIGH — Millbrook came out firing on all cylinders Friday, and never let up to upset previously undefeated No. 2 Wakefield 40-19.
The win by No. 9 Millbrook (6-2, 3-1 Cap Eight) helped set up a four-way tie among Millbrook, Wakefield, Wake Forest and Leesville Road at the top of the conference.
“This was a huge win,” said Millbrook quarterback Reid Herring. “We knew we could beat them. We hadn’t played to our full potential, and I feel like this game we reached our full potential.”
The Wildcats got on the board first when Marcus Marshall took a pass from Herring, put a move on a Wakefield defender, cut back outside and took off down field for a 48-yard score and the first points of the game. Marshall finished with a game-high 18 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
Herring then found Brian Miller in the end zone twice before the break, once on a 1-yard strike and then on a 15-yard pass.
Millbrook held Wakefield (7-1, 3-1), which entered the game averaging 36.1 points per game, scoreless for almost the entire first half.
Wakefield found an answer on its next drive with a 25-yard Evan Brabrand pass to Josh Lowery, who had 10 catches for 115 yards, with less than five seconds to play before the break. Millbrook led 21-7 at halftime.
The Wildcats had a similar start against then-No. 1 Wake Forest two weeks ago in the conference opener, but fell short of the upset.
“We learned a lot from that Wake Forest game,” said Millbrook coach Clarence Inscore. “You look back to that game and we made some crucial mistakes right before halftime that gave them momentum, and we talked about that at halftime tonight because (Wakefield) scored right before half. We said, ‘Hey they have a little momentum. We have to make sure we go out in the second half and we have to put our foot on the accelerator and make sure we don’t give them anything else to get excited about.’”
Millbrook continued to pull away even when the Wildcats offense fell short of the end zone. Senior kicker Jarrett Cervi cashed in a 42-yard field goal for the Wildcats.
Cervi would boot in another 30-yarder in the fourth, along with Herring finding Alex Richards on a 39-yard score and Marshall running in another 13-yarder. Herring was 14 for 20 for 250 yards passing and had one interception on the night.
Wakefield’s Brabrand, who was 21 of 45 for 209 yards and three interceptions, connected with Mike Shelton on a 15-yard pass and John Tine on an 11-yard pass for scores, but couldn’t dig the Wolverines out of the hole.
Wakefield came into the game riding a big win over previously undefeated Wake Forest. The Wolverines had sputtered in the past, overcoming near upsets against Enloe and Sanderson, but Millbrook was relentless.
“Everything we do relies on rhythm and once we start clicking everything starts falling into place, but we never really got going tonight,” said Wakefield coach Rod Sink. “Unfortunately we put ourselves in a tie, but like I told them we opened it up for everybody.”