For the second consecutive week, South Johnston (3-0) needed a big play late in the game to preserve a victory over a Johnston County rival. This time around, DeParis Patterson came up with an interception with six seconds remaining to seal the Trojans’ 28-23 win over Clayton.
A week after besting West Johnston in another close battle, the passing of Landen Lockamy and hard running from Kavante Johnson appeared to set South Johnston up for a more comfortable victory.
However, the Comets (0-3) rallied twice with scores to trim a 12-point deficit to five in the final quarter. Leiser connected with Devin Carter on a 19-yard strike and then again to Blake Joyner from seven yards out with 2:28 left.
On the ensuing onside kick, however, South Johnston’s Caeleb Robinson recovered the ball to help the Trojans run off some clock.
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After receiving the ball back with 30 seconds left at their own 20-yardline, Leiser connected with Carter to get to the Comets 37-yardline before Patterson’s interception clinched the final outcome.
On a 3rd-and-24 at the Clayton 35-yard line on the Trojans’ first drive of the second quarter, South Johnston’s Deparis Patterson managed to sneak behind the Clayton secondary for the 35-yard touchdown from Lockamy. Despite being flagged three times on the 90-yard drive that started in the first quarter, the Trojans extended its lead; a lead that proved to be just enough to garner the victory.
Three who mattered
Landen Lockamy, South Johnston: Lockamy was efficient all night long hitting on 9-of-13 passes for 123 yards and three scores. Despite South Johnston’s success on the ground, Lockamy’s air strikes opened up the Clayton defense just that much more for the Trojans’ ground game.
Kavante Johnson, South Johnston: Johnson was effective in the first half, but took advantage of some huge holes in the second half on his way to amassing 184 yards on 25 carries including a touchdown. With the Comets’ offense finding its groove in the second half, Johnson’s yards and resulting first downs took a lot of precious time off the clock.
Devin Carter, Clayton: Clayton had a tough time moving the ball on the ground against a stout South Johnston defensive front. The tall, sophomore receiver gave Leiser a go-to option the Trojans couldn’t stop. Carter hauled in six passes for 107 yards.
By the numbers
162: Total yards of offense DeParis Patterson accumulated on the night between catching, running and throwing the ball.
19: Number of South Johnston first downs.
2.5: Average number of yards per rushing attempt by Clayton.