Triton trailed 16-14 and was halted on its last possession in its season opener at Enloe on Friday night.
“We moved the ball,” said fifth-year Hawks coach Ben Penny.
But turnovers and penalties were factors that kept Triton from following up on a 24-21 win over the Eagles in 2017.
“It was a good teaching game,” said Penny, whose program has an open date next week. “As a staff, we feel good going forward about the potential of this group. … We’ll get the film and get in the classroom and fix some things.”
Enloe took a 3-0 lead before the Hawks went ahead 7-3 on a 73-yard scoring pass from Justin Leggett to Dylan Smith.
“Justin threw the ball well,” Penny said. “We’re pleased with what he’s doing.”
Penny also saw good things from the offensive line.
A long scoring run from Romello Cowan got Triton within 16-14 in the fourth quarter.
Soccer senior Paul Wells kicked a pair of extra points for Triton.
Penny said rain fell during much of the first half. The Hawks had five fumbles and lost three.
“That’s not an excuse,” Penny said. “The weather was the same for the Enloe guys. … Our guys didn’t quit. They played hard to the end.”
The Eagles went to a power set with a 16-7 lead and sought to utilize Yale-bound running back Hamilton Moore.