South Johnston topped rival Triton 22-14 at the Hawks’ stadium on Thursday night.
“We had this one circled with a star on the calendar since January,” said South coach Matthew Riggsbee.
The Trojans’ motivation may have gone back even farther, perhaps to Aug. 31 last year when turnovers helped the Hawks to a 21-0 win at South.
The Trojans never trailed in the subsequent renewal of the former conference series as a 19-play possession in the second quarter was capped by a 1-yard keeper from Josh Schindler on fourth down with 3:19 left in the half. Dylan Lambert kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Trojans lead.
Lambert added a 20-yard field goal after the Hawks lost a fumble to put South ahead 10-0 at the half.
The Trojans had a 398-179 lead in total yardage.
Schindler completed 10 of 17 passes for 134 yards. Jaequan Wells ran 15 times for 125 yards. Jawuan Smith had six catches for 57 yards.
“The reason for our production was our offensive line,” Riggsbee said. “They came off the ball and stayed on people.”
The Trojans had several backs banged up but depth in the ball-carrying corps was a factor in their favor.
Tony Faison had nine rushes for 46 yards before he went out with a separated shoulder. Schindler had a 57-yard run that set up a 2-yard TD by Wells for a 16-7 South lead with 9:15 left in the third quarter. Wells bolted 48 yards on the first play of South’s next possession to put the Trojans ahead, 22-7.
Darius Lewis ran for 37 yards on nine carries for South. Keyshawn Sanders had a 48-yard reception.
Former Triton coaches Ashley Ennis and Brian Strickland, now on the South staff, had a successful homecoming.
The Trojans (2-1) continues nonconference play at home on Friday, Sept. 7, against James Kenan.