Mullins Suffers Heartbreaking Loss

WENDELL, N.C. --- Just like any rivalry in football, East Wake-Garner is a grind-it-out battle that normally comes down to the basic things. Monday night, the latest chapter in the rivalry came down to special teams when a game-tying extra point was blocked in the first overtime giving Garner a 16-15 victory.

"Tough loss," said Alerick Mullins, a captain of the East Wake squad. "We stressed it so much in practice that special teams would win the ball game. We played hard, though."

East Wake might have lost on a blunder on special teams, but it was those same special teams that came through with a last minute field goal to send the game into overtime.

The contest actually started Friday, but unexpected lightning forced the game to stop about midway through the second quarter with East Wake up 6-0 and possessing momentum. When the weather got worse, officials decided to continue the game on Monday night.

Mullins, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound jumbo athlete, posted two solo tackles and forced a fumble during Friday night's quarter and a half, but only recorded a solo tackle and an assist Monday night in two and a half quarters of play. Regardless, he fails to blame the interruption for the loss.

"We know the rivalry between East Wake and Garner," said Mullins. "Even though it was moved, everybody was still focused today, still knew what time it was, and came out to play."

Mullins chasing down a play from his new middle linebacker position (PHOTO CREDIT: Jessika Reaves)
Normally, Mullins stars at defensive tackle for East Wake, but was moved to middle linebacker for the Garner game, a decision that looks to be permanent.

"I think it's something I'm going to start doing regularly," said Mullins. "I got a lot of double teams and cut blocks on the d-line. This keeps me away from that, but I always draw attention no matter where I play. I don't care where I play, as long as I'm on defense."

Additionally, Mullins played fullback where he caught a 10-yard pass and rushed for eight yards on one carry.

Despite his versatility, Mullins's 15-plus scholarship offers are for defensive tackle.

He still has yet to narrow down his list of schools, but has started to map out his official visits schedule.

"I set up [an official visit] with Oklahoma Thanksgiving weekend," said Mullins. "And I'm working on out with Auburn, too. I have no idea right now [who the other three schools he will visit]."

East Wake drops to a 6-2 (2-2 conference) record with the loss.

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