Triton won 15-7 at Union Pines on Friday night for its first varsity football victory of the season.
The Hawks took a 7-0 lead as Travion Sanders ran 12 yards for a touchdown with 5:28 left in the first quarter.
The Vikings answered and the score was tied at 7 at the half. Union Pines scored on a pass in a 4th-and-17 situation.
A Vikings drive was stopped late in the first half on a pressure by Grayson Bradham that led to an interception by Michael Carvin.
Tyler House blocked a punt for a safety to put Triton ahead to stay.
Sanders had an 8-yard run for the Hawks’ second touchdown with 5:33 left in the third quarter.
Sanders picked off a Vikings pass with 19 seconds left to seal the win for Triton (1-4) as the Hawks evened their Tri-County Six 3-A Conference record at 1-1 going into next Friday night’s league matchup at home against Southern Lee.
Sanders had two picks. Scott McNeill also intercepted in the win.
“I think we wanted it more,” said Triton coach Ben Penny. “The defense played well and the offense moved the ball against an aggressive Union Pines defense.”