Jared Honey didn't mind any of it. He didn't mind missing out on the chance to recuperate a bit at halftime because he was out on the field, being crowned homecoming king -- "It made me feel appreciated around the school," Honey said -- and he didn't mind running the ball more than he ever had in a game, including seven straight times on one drive.
"Once you see the reward, there is no being tired," Honey said. "You're so pumped up after the game. The adrenaline takes over from there."
Honey's final total: 31 carries, 193 yards, three touchdowns. He was the headlining act of No. 4 South's performance on Friday, one that pounded down a Lassiter defense that featured two Power 5 commits and beat the No. 10 Trojans 37-20, putting the War Eagles at 5-0 heading into region play.
South had planned to throw the ball a bit more on Friday. But the Trojans' distribution of talent on defense -- Michigan State commit Christian Jackson at cornerback and Notre Dame commit Derrik Allen at safety -- didn't create a conducive environment for the pass game, and Honey and fellow tailback Jordan Brunson were giving South reliable yards on the ground.
There were some positive passing moments for the War Eagles. Cal Morris gave a screen pass to Ryan Pontrelli and watched him wiggle his way 12 yards for a score. A drive later, a wild trick play paid off, as Honey took a direct snap and gave the ball to Drew Morris, who hit Cal Morris for a 39-yard completion to help set up a field goal.
The War Eagles were merely keeping pace with Lassiter at halftime, trailing 10-9, but head coach Jeff Arnette's message to the team showed that he knew what was coming.
"We played incredible in the first half, except for penalties," Arnette said. "We were down on the scoreboard, (but) we just had to go out there and prove to the scoreboard that we were a better football team, and that's what they went out there and did."
South opened the second half by holding the Trojans to a field goal, and Honey went 44 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the War Eagles' ensuing possession. South then forced a punt, and Honey ran it 10 times on the drive after that, culminating in a two-yard score. After the War Eagles got a turnover on downs, Honey scored again, from four yards out.
"(The plan) was just simply to take the will out of them," Honey said. "I knew if we scored early, it would take the life out of them, and if we kept hitting them, then they'd give in and the scoreboard would take care of itself."
The 37 points South put on Lassiter (4-1) was the highest total a team has scored on the Trojans this year, and Arnette made a point to praise War Eagles offensive coordinator Troy Morris' performance.
"Coach Morris has been with me at three different schools, and I may be the luckiest head coach in the world to have him on staff," Arnette said.
Now a team that once relished and acted upon their underdog status when they beat then-No. 2 Roswell to open the season will enter the Region 5-7A schedule with a top-five ranking itself, the clear favorite in the competition for a top playoff seed.
"As great as it is to be here, we haven't won one game that's going to get us to the playoffs," Arnette said.