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Triton forces turnovers in win over Corinth Holders

Triton earned a decisive 41-14 victory Friday on the road against Corinth Holders to gain second place in the Two Rivers 3A conference and a possibly host a first-round playoff game in next week’s NCHSAA playoffs.

“I think the biggest thing for us is to earn us a chance at a home game,” Triton coach Ashley Ennis said. “There’s so many good teams that are in the big 3A.”

The Triton defense forced four turnovers, allowing the offense to capitalize on three of them with touchdowns.

Triton quarterback Jeremy Leggett had a hand in the Hawks’ first five touchdowns – running for three and passing for two more.

“Jeremy made some big plays with his feet and made some good decisions with the ball,” Ennis said.

Trailing 7-0 early, after Corinth Holder (7-4, 2-3) scored on its first possession, Triton made use of the defense’s first fumble recovery at the Pirates’ 25-yard line.

Four plays later, Leggett’s 11-yard run evened the score 7-7 in the first quarter.

“After that first drive (by Corinth Holders), our defense kind of settled down and forced some turnovers,” Ennis said.

On the next possession, Triton’s Latrell White intercepted Cole Sawkowski and returned it 15 yards to the Pirates’ 40-yard line. The Hawks worked it down to the 1-yard line. On fourth-and-goal, Leggett’s QB keeper barely sneaked over the goal line for the score. Ricardo Hernandez’s kick made 14-7 in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, the Triton defense stopped the Pirates on a fourth-and-5 play at the Hawks’ 32-yard line.

Leggett responded with a 37-yard pass to Matthew Webb. A 15-yard personal foul called on Corinth Holders for a helmet-to-helmet hit moved the ball to the Pirates’ 17-yard line. Two plays later, Leggett hit Todd Penny for a 9-yard touchdown pass to put the Hawks up 21-7.

Triton (9-2, 4-1) scored on its first possession of the second half with a clock-eating 14-play, 57-yard drive capped by a 4-yard TD run by Leggett. The Hawks led 28-7.

Corinth Holders answered with a 59-yard drive ending in a 2-yard scoring run by Butler Collins to make it 28-14 late in the third quarter.

After that it was all Triton.

Leggett connected with D’Angelo Harris on a 6-yard score to go up 35-14.

On the ensuing possession, Harris’ interception killed a Pirates drive in Triton territory.

Zach Wade’s 39-yard touchdown run on the next possession capped the scoring at 41-14.

“I thought overall we just played a good, hard football game, and we just happened to get some turnovers and get the lead,” Ennis said.