Millbrook's undefeated JV Football team topped Fuquay Varina 35-6 last week. On Thursday night, the Wildcats nearly matched that total... in less than twenty minutes of play. Northern Durham conceded the game with thirty three seconds left in the first half to give Millbrook the 34-6 victory.
After a 45 minute delay following kickoff and the games first snap, Kenny McCray wasted no time putting the Wildcats on the board. The 5'11 sophomore connected with Tyson Jackson on a screen pass, and Jackson took off 75 yards for the score. Kevin Serratos would tack on the extra point to make it 7-0. Serratos kick off following the TD would be botched by the Knights and Millbrook would recover. The Wildcats would have short field position and they captalized as Chris Twitty - who rushed for two touchdowns last week - would find the endzone from 10 yards out. The extra point was no good but the Wildcats were in command 13-0.
Northern Durham would be stopped on their ensuing drive thanks in part to a Decauri Stanley sack. That was one of three tackles on the night for the freshman linebacker. On 4th and 19, the Knights faked a punt and converted it into a first down. Northern moving the chains would only give the Wildcats more time to shine on defense. Defensive End Denver Montrose would sneak into the backfield for back to back sacks. All three of Montrose's tackles were on the Northern Durham Quarterback. Coach Bunting was thrilled by the play of his guys coming through with big tackles for a loss of yards.
"Our defense loves to fly around and get on the ball. The D-Line is one of the best that i've seen in the past five years of coaching JV. The crazy thing is that it's all new guys to the program, that says a lot about the amount of athletes that we have a Millbrook. Decauri and Denver tonight were getting after it. Four sacks in one half of football is great, our defense is exceptional right now as they're averaging two points per game so far"
The pair of Montrose sacks set up another 4th down for Northern, this time they punted it away into the waiting hands of Shawntay Mills. In a game that saw plenty of lightning, Mills' lightning fast speed shined brightest. He gathered the punt at his own 4 yard line and cut right, about 25 yards later he ran over a Northern Durham defender and it was easy going from there as he took the punt 96 yards for the score. The punt return was Shawntay's second in as many games and it made the score 20-0 Millbrook.
That would be the score heading into the second stanza. Following a Wildcat turnover on downs, Northern would punt away to Mills who had a 15 yard return. Millbrook would only need three plays on the ensuing drive to make it 27-0. Junior Corona busted off a 16 yard run followed by a Chris Twitty 19 yard run and for good measure, the Wildcats would add three more yards onto the next run as Kenny McCray dashed up the middle on a QB keeper for the 22 yard touchdown run. For McCray, he would end up rushing for 46 yards, and passing for another 111.
Shawntay Mills had one more return in his legs following a Millbrook defensive stop. The Knights elected to punt to Mills who busted right through the defense for his second punt return touchdown of the evening, this one from 43 yards out. Kevin Serratos would come through with his fourth extra point to make it 34-0. Bunting is amazed by the speed that Mills has shown all season long both in games and at practice as the sophomore as returned several kicks back for touchdowns against the varsity squad.
"He is a sophomore who is gifted. He is really athletic and talented and he just loves the game. Tonight showed how good Shawntay is as he was very smart, his vision is amazing, and to top it off, he has turbo speed. He has jets and he can turn them on whenever he wants to"
Northern Durham would answer on the kick off with a 90+ yard run of their own to narrow the gap to 34-6 following a failed two point conversion. That would be the final score as the Knights declared that they would concede the loss with :33 left in the 2nd Quarter due to the score and impending weather situation. For the JV Wildcats, they are now 3-0 going into Cap-8 Conference play, it is a position that the coaching staff is very pleased with.
"We've only been together for five weeks now and to be honest, I may say this every year but you don't really know how a team is going to come together, especially with so many new guys coming in and trying to learn our system. By the last few weeks, we have improved so much, I mean we really showed tonight how good we can be with 34 points in the first half. Our offense is very-very good right now with lots of playmaking sophomores to accompany a lights out defense. The future for this team, and this program looks really good"
Defensively, nine guys registered tackles for the Wildcats led by Stanley and Montrose who combined for 5 tackles, 4 sacks, and a forced fumble. On the offensive side of the ball, Junior Corona led the Wildcats in rushing with 52 yards, Tyson Jackson had 75 yards receiving, brothers Noah and Graham Watkins combined for 70 yards receiving with a pair of acrobatic grabs, and Kenan Delbridge hauled in a 27 yard pass from the punter Kevin Serratos on a 4th down. As mentioned, Serratos went 4/5 on his extra point attempts, and Shawntay Mills had 154 punt return yards and two touchdowns to lead the special teams unit.
The Wildcats will have a bye week to keep improving before they hit the road to take on Enloe on September 24th. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM. For more information follow Millbrook Football on Twitter at @MHSCatsFootball.