Millbrook takes down Cape Fear, 7-0
Posted 12:27 a.m. Sunday
Updated 4:34 p.m. Sunday
Raleigh, N.C. — The Colts couldn’t get it done without their star quarterback and lost to Millbrook, 7-0, at the HighSchoolOT Jamboree on Saturday.
Cape Fear was playing without senior quarterback Justice Galloway-Velazquez, who had off-season ankle surgery.
Millbrook head coach Clarence Inscore recognized that the Colts were missing one of their best players, but was pleased with what his team was able to do defensively.
"Even without their starting quarterback, they have two really good running backs that are coming back who rushed for over 1,000 yards and close to 1,000 yards last year. We knew we had to stop the run game. We knew if they had their quarterback playing, he's another obstacle -- he can throw he ball and run the ball, he's a dual threat quarterback. Without him, we were really able to focus on shutting down the run. I felt like our defense did a really good job of that, of shutting down their offense. But their defense did a good job of stopping us too."
That Millbrook defense scored the only points of the game off an interception.
Free safety Casey Carnevale picked off Cody Grunden’s pass, returned it for 32 yards down the Cape Fear sideline, and put the Wildcats up 7-0 with the extra point.
There was an obvious highlight for the defense, which Inscore was happy with, but he acknowledged the need for his offense to improve before they open the season next week.
"(Poor execution) is a little bit all over. I thought our defense did a better job of executing than our offense. Offensively, we made some good things happen, but we also missed a lot of assignments and we just didn't execute and sustain our drives. We moved the ball well the first few series -- got a couple first downs and then turned the ball over on a punt. We've just got to be consistent."
Their first test wont be an easy one. The Wildcats square off with reigning State Champion Wake Forest, but Inscore is ready for the challenge.
"It's a thought game to open up with. They're a familiar opponent, they've been in our conference for years, we've played them a number of times. We're going to go out and give them everything we've got."
Galloway-Velazquez is expected to return in week one for Cape Fear’s opening game at Clinton.