Kalib Brown scored on a 30-yard pass play from Riley Adams with 9:18 left in the game to lift South Johnston to a 14-7 Quad County 3-A Conference varsity football win at West Johnston on Friday night.
The deciding score followed a goal-line stand by the Trojans that gave South the ball at its own 1-yard line.
“Our nose tackle, Kam Corey, clogged the middle and our linebackers filled the gaps,” said South coach Lee Webb of the defensive stand.
After South took the lead, the Trojans got an interception by Ryan Blackmon to seal the outcome.
South was coming off a 28-13 loss at East Wake in which eight starters were out with flu, including Adams, who completed 13 of 23 at West for 163 yards.
“Our guys have executed and kept moving forward no matter what’s happened,” Webb said.
Brown had six catches for 109 yards. Connor Lee had five receptions for 41 yards.
Aiden Williams led the Trojans’ grpund game with 18 carries for 65 yards. South went to Williams in the red zone on a first-half drive that culminated with his 1-yard scoring run with 2:02 left in the half.
Kaleb Williams led the visitors with 7.5 tackles. Credited with 6.5 tackles each were Lucas Layman, Lance Parker and Jaekob Robinson.
The Trojans will be without safety Elliott Butler due to a broken collarbone in their playoff opener at Seventy-First (10-0) on Friday.
“Their priority is running the ball,” Webb said of the Falcons. “We haven’t played anybody they’ve played so it’s kind of hard to gauge.”
The Trojans are 5-5 overall and went 3-4 in league play.