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.”
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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.