Another year, and another 9-1 finish for Coach Bunting and the Junior Varsity Football team. They stood tall on defense once again as they held their tenth and final opponent, Sanderson to single digits in a 28-8 win on Thursday night.
Special Teams were the name of the game early, the Wildcats forced the Spartans to punt on the opening drive of the game. Sanderson punter, Xavier Carrington unleashed a kick that slipped off of his foot and only four yards up field into the waiting hands of Kenan Delbridge who would return the ball into the endzone for the early score. From there each team would exchange a pair of punts to close out the first quarter of play.
The second stanza began with another punt situation, matter in fact, the Wildcat defense forced Sanderson to punt on their first seven drives of the game. That was due to strong defense from Brandon Spencer, and Kamren Scarboro. The sophomore duo combined for 7 tackles in the first half of play and Spencer registered a pair of sacks to force fourth downs including the 4th and 13 that kicked off the 2nd Quarter. Carrington would send this punt much further than four yards but the Spartan punt team witnessed the same outcome as Tyler Snead scooped the Sanderson punt up in stride, and on a hop, at his own 43 yard line and proceeded to race through the defense. The 5'6 sophomore then side stepped the punter Carrington inside the 10 yard line and put a spin move on another defender at the goal line for the punt return touchdown to make it 14-0.
The JV Wildcats would take a 21-0 lead into halftime as Kenny McCray would connect with Snead on Millbrook's next offensive possession. The scoring drive was set up by McCray's 29 yard run into Spartan territory and it was capped off on a 6 yard pass to a diving Tyler Snead in the endzone. McCray would end up completing ten of his fifteen passes for 81 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
McCray's final scoring play of the season would come halfway through the third quarter as he lobbed a ball towards the endzone for Noah Watkins who would leap over the cornerback and haul in the pass for the touchdown to make it 28-0 Millbrook. For Watkins, it was his second touchdown grab in as many weeks, and he closed out the night as the game's leading receiver with three catches for 43 yards. Sanderson would respond on their next drive with an 11 yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion but their comeback attempt ran short as Seraphin Kibonge and Jackson Villanova would intercept passes from Dylan Bollinger, and Henry Koehler on the Spartans' final two possessions of the game.
Millbrook JV wraps up the season, 9-1 for a fifth straight season and they grab 2nd Place in the conference behind Wake Forest, who's 14-9 win on October 1st was the only blemish on the Wildcats' schedule. Coach Bunting's group featured a juggernaut offense that scored an average of 35.9 points per game, and a stingy defense that only allowed 6.6 points per game. The team was comprised of 31 sophomores, and 22 freshmen. Six of those players will move up to play at the Varsity level for the remainder of the season including the team's leading passer in Kenny McCray, leading rusher Chris Twitty, leading receiver Tyler Snead, third leading tackler Remy Emeto, and freshman kicker Kevin Serratos along with sophomore's Drew Lange, and Brandon Spencer. They will suit up on Friday night at 7PM as the Wildcats battle Sanderson on the road. For more information, follow Millbrook Football on Twitter at @MHSCatsFootball.