Wakefield's Matt Smith was named the defensive player of the game for the win over Broughton.
Marty Simpkins | The Wake Weekly
By Marty Simpkins | email@example.com
RALEIGH — Wakefield’s football team set the tone early at home against Broughton and ran away with a 40-7 victory Friday.
The Wolverines put up a big lead at 27-0 at halftime. Wakefield added another touchdown in the third quarter and one more in the fourth. Broughton scored their only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.
Wakefield head coach James Ward said he didn’t know what to expect from his offense against Broughton, but the 40 points on the scoreboard was a pleasant surprise.
“I was very concerned going in, because this was our first game going against an even front,” Ward said. “We were definitely worried about their stunting. As an offense, we played better as a unit, just giving up 3 sacks. Trexler Ivey was lights out at quarterback. Our running game is really starting to click. Rashaun Jones made several big catches and runs. Overall we did a great job of finding one-on-one matchups.”
Ivey was terrific throwing the ball, completing 14 out of 22 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. The senior quarterback also finished the night with 66 rushing yards and a score on the ground.
Jeremiah Boronse carried the ball 12 times for 117 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Juwan Bunch also contributed with three receptions for 45 yards and two receiving touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown as well.
On defense, Evan Holmes led the Wolverines with four tackles and two for a loss. Wakefield also picked off three passes from three different players. Samuel Johnson, Joshua Sosanya and Matt Smith all had one interception each against Broughton.
“I think our defensive coordinator coach Greg Lair, coach Doug Curry, coach Matt Anderson and Coach Daniel White had our guys well prepared to play,” Ward said. “But any time you have a beast like our Matt Smith flying around, it’s going to hard on any offense. Sam Johnson is really starting to play well, along with Josh Sosanyae, Evan Holmes and Wesley Heath.”
Ward praised Ivey for his leadership on offense and Smith on defense for his players of the game.
“Trexler is making plays and making me look like I’m calling perfect plays,” Ward said. “He is really getting a better understanding of the offense and the personnel for certain situations. Matt Smith is just a good darn football player. He can play and probably be that dude on any team in the state.”
After starting the season with a loss, Wakefield has won every game since then to improve their record to 3-1 overall. The Wolverines will have to face Southern Durham Friday night on the road at 7 p.m.
“Southern Durham is a very talented team that is coming off of a huge road win at Seventy-First,” Ward said. “We have to get these past wins out of our system. Southern has to be our only priority. It still goes back to the basics of blocking, tackling and taking care of the football. It’s going to be a dog fight, and hopefully we will respond.”