RALEIGH — Three straight Enloe turnovers led to three consecutive Knightdale touchdowns as the Knights 41-14 non-conference victory.
The game was close at half, but Knightdale (2-1) used the Enloe mistakes to cushion their lead.
Two straight Enloe fumbles led to touchdown runs of 28 and 47 yards and an expanded 28-6 lead on the Eagles (0-4).
Youre getting punched in the mouth, and youre not doing anything about it, said Knights coach Rob Senseney. Youre focus is bad; we came out and our focus was all over the place. (Second half) We answered the bell.
The Knights offensive line provided a few holes for Johnson, then it was the quarterback who used his size and speed to dart past the secondary for two of his three rushing touchdowns.
I couldnt do it without the offensive line, Johnson said. They blocked for me so I can do what I got to do.
The Knights DAndre Wright capitalized on Enloes third turnover of the third quarter when a fumble deflected off a Knightdale lineman and fell into his hands. He returned it 65 yards for the score.
We just got a couple hats on the ball and popped the balls lose, Senseney said.
Enloe turned the ball over seven times, four of which occurred in the third quarter. Knightdale turned the ball over three times.
Knights Dylon Alexander completed an eight yard touchdown pass to Johnson early in the second quarter for an eight point lead. The ball was bounced off the hands of a defender and fell in the lap of Johnson for his first touchdown of the game.
Both teams relied strictly on their respective running games. Enloe ran 59 plays on offense. Fifty-eight were runs and the one pass attempt was incomplete. They ended the game with 200 yards.
Knightdale ran 36 plays; twenty-seven came by way of the run for 174 yards. Johnson was 0-for-2 through the air, and Alexander completed two of his seven pass attempts for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Enloe brought in junior varsity player Steven Jones for a change of pace in the second quarter. Jones scored the Eagles first touchdown with 1:38 left in the first half. After two failed quarterback sneaks from the goal line, Jones came in dove into the end zone on 4th down.