by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — The Wakefield High School football team posted its biggest point total of the season, outscoring Cap 8 conference opponent Broughton, 55-35, Friday night.
With the win, the Wolverines share a first place tie in the league with Millbrook and Leesville Road with two games remaining in the regular season.
Coming off their only loss, a 40-19 defeat to Millbrook a week ago, the Wolverines responded in a big way but did not take winless Broughton lightly.
“Being it was their homecoming, I was not surprised at how well Broughton played,” said Wakefield football coach Rod Sink. “Coach Lane and his staff had their team ready to play.”
“Our staff was also pleased on how we approached them,” Sink added. “We knew we had to prepare better than we did against Millbrook.”
In a game where big defensive plays were far and few between, Wakefield scored four touchdowns in each half to put a damper on the Caps Homecoming.
Running back Kelton Whitehead propelled the Wolverines ground game with 182 yards on ten carries and four touchdowns, the longest a 71- yard run.
He also broke for 52, 38 and one-yard scores.
“Our offensive line played well, which helped Kelton to find seams in the defense that he was able to exploit, “Sink said.
“With the success we were having with the running game, we decided to stick with what was working,” Sink added.
Wakefield was just as effective in the air as quarterback Evan Brabrand completed 19 of 32 passes for 282 yards, including two for touchdowns.
One of those passes was a 22-yard completion to Mike Shelton, which was the first Wakefield score of the game. The other touchdown reception was caught by Josh Lowery from 15 yards out.
Another highlight of the game for the Wolverines was Shelton’s 99 yard kick-off return to start the second half.
“That allowed us to capture a lot of momentum, which carried us through the remainder of the quarter,” Sink said.
Running back David Chavis also scored a touchdown for the Wolverines from six yards out.
The Caps actually got on the scoreboard first on a 30-yard rushing score.
But Wakefield, not to be outdone, scored back to back touchdowns.
“We actually started out fairly well and scored on our first two possessions,” Sink said.
The Wolverines held a slim 28-21 lead at the break but turned it up offensively to score 27 points in the third quarter.
“Offensively, I felt like we were playing well,” Sink said. “The defense was playing the run fairly well but they were giving us fits with the passing game.”
Wakefield, 4-1, in the league and 8-1, overall will host Heritage, 2-3, 5-4, tomorrow (Friday). It will also be the last home game for the senior Wolverines.
“We are going to try to channel the player’s emotions into trying to come out fast against Heritage,” Sink said.
Sink said he expects Heritage to give them everything they have.
“I know that coach McGeorge will have a good game plan in place so we’re going to have to prepare well this week,” he said.
“Because their offense holds the ball a long time, it will be imperative that our offense take advantage of every opportunity given to us,” Sink added.
Kick-off is at 7 p.m.