NC High School Football Result: Millbrook vs. Cardinal Gibbons
The last time Cardinal Gibbons played in a playoff football game in the rain, he paraded ultimate gear on campus after a win in the state title game.
Millbrook turned the tables on the Crusaders on Thursday night in an NCHSAA 4A Second Round playoff game, and did it in spectacular fashion, coming from two scores down in the second half to claim a 42-30 win. .
Thanks to Southern Alamance’s win over New Hanover, Millbrook, ranked No. 12 in the NCHSAA East bracket, will host No. 13 Southern Alamance in the third round next weekend.
The Wildcats struck first on a 40-yard strike from Mason Fortune to Ty Broughton in the first quarter.
Ryan Ziegler rumbled across the goal line after a 75-yard connection from Whitt Newbauer to Sam Dodd for Cardinal Gibbons to close out the first quarter, and the Crusaders went ahead early in the second quarter on a 27 completion yards from Newbauer to Landon Lawrence.
The up and down battle continued when Fortune hit Xavier Pugh for 25 yards and a score, only for the Crusaders to take a 20-14 halftime lead on another Newbauer touchdown at Dodd.
The Crusaders extended their lead to 27-14 in the third quarter before the Wildcats found a spark. Starting from his own 6-yard line, Mason Fortune walked Millbrook down the field and hit David Santiago for an 8-yard TD to cut Cardinal Gibbons’ lead to a score. On the Crusaders’ next possession, Newbauer was intercepted and Millbrook tacked on another TD, added an extra run and moved ahead by one.
After a Cardinal Gibbons field goal – a 41-yard bomb from Daniel Monti – Pugh again found the end zone for Millbrook to put the visitors ahead for good. The Wildcats converted another turnover – this time a fumble snap – into another touchdown to cap the score and secure a third-round berth.
Around the region
In other Triangle clashes, No. 3 Wake Forest advanced to the third round after a convincing 45-21 win at Leesville Road. Top-seeded Hillside also continued to roll, edging out Apex 46-43. Hillside will host No. 8 Pine Forest, which toppled Holly Springs in the second inning on Thursday 16-10.
Durham’s Jordan kept his train upset on Thursday. A week after the No. 23 Falcons defeated No. 10 Jack Britt, they added a win over No. 7 Pinecrest on Thursday to advance to the third round. They will travel to face No. 2 New Bern next week.
This story was originally published November 11, 2022 12:02 a.m.