Triton overcame a penalty-marred first half and the loss of a starting quarterback to hold off county foe Overhills on the road, 35-14.
Isaiah Bryant, normally a running back, was steady and in control under center for the Hawks. He scored on a 1-yard QB keeper late in the second quarter to give Triton (1-1) a 22-8 cushion at the half.
The Hawks were without regular starter Ethan Cruise, who was injured in a season-opening loss to Cape Fear.
“Bryant is a leader,” Triton coach Ben Penny said. “He’s a special football player. He’s our utility man. Ideally, you want to keep him at running back, but he stepped right in and was a general on the field tonight.”
It was next man up all over the backfield for the Hawks as De’John Williams rushed for 103 yards to lead all runners in the game. Triton got a touchdown from Randy Tapia and two from De’Narius Staton as the Hawks piled up 334 yards on the ground.
Triton’s defense was focused on trying to contain explosive Jaguars (0-2) running back Trevor Ennis. He got loose a few times, managing 70 yards. Latrell Loyd scored the two Overhills touchdowns.