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by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — Wakefield erased a second half Enloe lead and then held off an Eagle comeback to post a 34-21 Cap 8 Conference victory on Friday night.
The Eagles, 0-6, led briefly at 21-20 in the third quarter before the Wolverines, 6-0, exploded for two fourth quarter touchdowns.
“Enloe took advantage of their opportunities,” Sink said, “but I am pleased with the way we came away with the victory.”
“We still have a lot of work to do to fix our mistakes,” Sink added.
Wakefield had three turnovers, including one interception and two fumbles against the home team Eagles.
“They were able to score on two short fields when we turned the football over,” Sink said.
“We played very well on defense;” Sink went on to say, “only giving up one long drive.”
The Wolverines opened up the scoring in the first quarter when senior quarterback Evan Brabrand engineered a drive that resulted in a 24-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Omari Williams.
Enloe then responded and elected to go for a first down on a fourth and sixth situation and was successful when Roy Garris caught a pass from quarterback Anthony Purnell, which tied the game at 7-7.
Wakefield put together another effective drive and went ahead after reaching inside the Eagles 10-yard line, thanks to a huge run by Brabrand, who raced 47 yards. A play later, running back Kelton Whitehead, a junior, scored the first of this three touchdowns from two yards out giving Wakefield a 14-7 first quarter edge.
In the second quarter, the Eagles once again knotted the game at 14-all after De’jon Bosley found the end zone from five yards out.
“When you’re playing a team that hasn’t won a game, it is always difficult to keep your players focused on the task at hand,” Sink said. “To overlook them is such an easy thing to do.”
The Wolverines stuck three more times to wipe out the Eagles early edge.
Whitehead carried the ball 14 times and chalked up 130 yards of his team’s 161 total yards to lead the Wolverines on the ground.
“They dropped more defenders into coverage so that led us to run the ball a bit more,” Sink said.
Senior wide receiver Jake Butler caught a Brabrand reception for Wakefield’s other touchdown.
Brabrand finished the game, completing 16 of 31 passes for 168 yards.
Sink said overall he felt the key to the game was that his team played well on defense.
“I was also happy that we found a way to run the ball successfully in the second half and that also made a difference for us,” he said.
Wakefield will host cross-town rival Wake Forest tomorrow at 7 p.m. Both teams will be competing for the number one spot in the league.