By Chad Saleska
RALEIGH — Trailing by a point with under two minutes to play and facing a fourth and 32, Holly Springs had Wakefields right where they wanted them.
Quarterback Drew Wilkinson tossed a screen pass to Mychal Jones who picked up a pretty block and raced 73 yards to a touchdown that lifted the Wolverines to a dramatic 28-21 victory over Holly Springs.
“Me and Jesus took it all the way,” Jones said. “I saw [the first down marker] and knew I had two more yards to go, then I saw the end zone and took it to another gear.”
Holly Springs (0-2) had one last chance but failed to pick up a fourth and 18 from the Wakefield 29 in the final seconds of the game.
The Golden Hawks took their first lead of the game with under 10 minutes to play, 21-14, when quarterback Mark Collins scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on a four-yard run.
Wakefield broke a 78-yard return on the ensuring kickoff and Wilkinson needed just one play to find Vann McDuffie for an 11-yard touchdown catch.
The Wolverines missed the point after, however, and Holly Springs held on to a 21-20 lead.
“We should have never been in that position,” said Wakefield coach J.D. Dinwiddie. “We shoot ourselves more in the foot more than anyone known to man.”
Holly Springs Collins, who rushed for 72 and passed for 94 yards, scored in the third period on a 16-yard run.
J.J. Graves scored on a one-yard run on fourth down and finished with 89 yards on 15 carries.