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KNIGHTDALE — It looked as if Wakefield’s football team was going to beat Knightdale with a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Knights fought back with 21 points in the second quarter and then finished off the Wolverines with a close 31-28 victory thanks to a 10-0 run in the fourth period.
Knightdale held a 21-20 lead at halftime over Wakefield. The Wolverines took back the lead off an 8-point score in the third quarter, making it a 28-21 contest.
Then in the final quarter, Knightdale punched a late touchdown and field goal to take down Wakefield 31-28. Cameron Spellman was one of the biggest players of the game with 100 yards passing off 8-for-11 attempts with a touchdown. The senior also led his team with 41 rushing yards on nine carries.
Nikili Muhammad and Brandon Ricks combined for 46 rushing yards but contributed with one rushing touchdown each. Ricks also caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Kameron Davis led Knightdale with five receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown.
Aeneas Peebles paced the defense with 11 tackles and five sacks. Ishawn Shoulars also put up a big performance with six tackles, two for a loss and two sacks. Dax Hardy hauled in an interception and Brett Poirier recovered a fumble that was caused by teammate Elisha Sykes. Muhammad also registered a block field goal.
The win pushed the Knights to fourth place in the NAC 6 conference with a 7-4 overall record. Wakefield fell to fifth place and 5-6 overall.
Knightdale made the 4A state playoffs as a No. 10 seed. The Knights will travel to Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the first round of the playoffs.
Even with the loss, Wakefield still made the 4AA state playoffs as a No. 11 seed. The Wolverines will take on Garner on the road tonight at 7:30 p.m. in first-round action.