South Johnston proved to be a most unwelcome guest Friday night.
Kavante Johnson rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Trojans rolled to a 35-7 victory over Franklinton in the season-opener for both teams.
DeParis Patterson added a rushing touchdown and Fabian McDonald returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown that put South up 28-0.
After a scoreless first quarter, South took control with a 21-point second quarter. Johnson scored on touchdown runs of 6 and 47 yards in the quarter.
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After Johnson’s 6-yard touchdown run put South up 7-0 with 11:18 remaining in the second quarter, the Red Rams drove to its 41 before quarterback Avery Wilder’s pass was intercepted by South’s Graham Swanson at the Trojans 44. Three plays later, Johnson broke a tackle and rumbled 47 yards down the Trojans sideline for a touchdown that made it 14-0.
They said it
“There were some things we thought we could do offensively and I’m really happy that the kids were able to go out and execute the game plan,” South Johnston coach Hunter Jenks said. “All 48 minutes, they weren’t clean, but our kids played hard and smart for 48 minutes.”
“We drove the ball, but we had some drops, and some turnovers,” Franklinton coach Jeremy Buck said. “We had the ball inside the 20 (several) times, but we’re young. I looked out one time and I think we had 8-9 sophomores out there on defense. But I’m proud of our team, we competed until the end.”
Three who mattered
Kavante Johnson, South Johnston: Of his 177 rushing yards, 125 of them came before halftime in helping stake the Trojans to a 21-0 lead. Among his 22 carries were seven runs of 10 or more yards.
David Carter, South Johnston: Had two interceptions, both inside South’s 15 to halt potential Franklinton scoring drives.
Caeleb Robinson, South Johnston: Rushed for 82 yards on 6 carries, much of that damage in the first half with the outcome still in some doubt.
By the numbers
0: Number of times South Johnston punted in the first half.
2: Total first downs picked up by Franklinton’s offense in the first half.
3: Turnovers committed by Franklinton.
334: Rushing yards accumulated by South Johnston. The Trojans had 374 total yards.