Corinth Holders may have found the running back they have been looking for. Led by Howard Watson, the Pirates scored on seven consecutive possessions in picking up their first win of the year 44-14 over North Johnston.
The Pirates were stopped just once in raising their record to 1-2, that coming on the opening possession.
After stopping the Panthers, who fell to 0-3, on North Johnston’s opening possession, the Pirates began handing the ball to Watson. He responded with 172 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns came in the first quarter on runs of 53 and 22 yards, respectively, lifting the Pirates to a 13-0 lead.
Watson added a 9-yard scoring run in the third quarter side-stepping along the sideline past three defenders over the final five yards.
“We’ve been looking to see who was going to step out from our group of running backs,” said Pirates coach Barry Honeycutt. “Howard did a super job for us and our offensive line did a super job of blocking for him.”
The Pirates benefited from North Johnston’s decision to eschew the punting game, twice taking possession inside the Panthers’ 20-yard-line.
Watson was complimented by Mike Searles, who gained 39 yards on seven carries including a 12-yard run for a score.
North Johnston’s scores came in the fourth quarter. The first score was a 9-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Krob to Benjamin Jaramillo. The Panthers wrapped up the scoring on Jonathan Gonzalez’s 3-yard run.
Corinth Holders had little need for the passing game due to the weather conditions but Cole Sakowski managed one touchdown pass, a 34-yarder to Steven Adams. The touchdown strike was Sakowski’s only completion of the night.
The Pirates finished with 315 yards rushing.