After falling behind by two touchdowns, South Johnston was one play away from pulling an upset against Fayetteville Cape Fear for most of the second half Friday night.
But the Colts (4-1) put together the first scoring drive of the second half, then took advantage of a kick off that pinned South Johnston back at the 1-yard-line, eventually earning a safety and grabbing a 30-24 victory Friday night.
After Cape Fear went up 30-18 on the combo of a 1-yard TD run by Kentrell Worley and the safety awarded when the Trojans were whistled for grounding the ball in the end zone, South played chase mode for the final 11 minutes of play. The Trojans finally got back within a score with 35.2 seconds to play after a 1-yard TD run by Eric Bowles.
South, which recovered two onside kicks on the night, had a chance at getting a third but the ball took a wild bounce off of a Colts player and away from the crush of South Johnston rushers. Cape Fear covered the ball and ran out the clock.
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“It seemed like it was right there on our fingertips for a long time against a good football team,” said South Johnston coach Hunter Jenks. “We played hard and played with a good team for a long time.”
Cape Fear led 21-7 when the Trojans started to come alive in the second quarter. After Yovanni Herrera hit a 39-yard field goal, Cape Fear took a safety after a high punt snap. After the free kick, South scored with Devin Harris pulling in his second touchdown pass of the night from Deparis Patterson — a 37-yarder to close the Colt lead to 21-18. Harris and Patterson hit on a 14-yard TD pass in the first quarter.
South (1-4) had the ball twice with the lead at just 3 in the third quarter but couldn’t move the ball past midfield.
“Our defense played very, very well in the last two and a half quarters,” Jenks said. “I’m very proud of our defensive guys. They played right with a very physical, tough, talented football team in Cape Fear.”