Jaclyn Shambaugh Staff writer @jaclynshambaugh

HOPE MILLS — South View running back Jerry Roberts only needed one hole to squeeze through on a 5-yard run to give the Tigers the lead with less than a minute to play against visiting Westover on Friday.

But one hole isn’t good enough for the Tigers’ offensive line.

“I saw lots of holes,” Roberts said. “The only problem was picking which one.”

Ultimately, Roberts surged straight up the middle, rumbling across the goal line on a carry that gave the Tigers a 29-26 win and a 5-0 start to the season.

“The key was our heart,” Roberts said. “For the whole game, we were down and out. We weren’t doing right. The second quarter came, and that’s when we pushed it all out. That’s what I like about my team. We never give up on each other.”

The Tigers needed the drive — a 54-yard charge on nine plays — to overcome a late touchdown that gave the Wolverines their first lead of the quarter.

South View gobbled up the yardage on runs by Roberts and teammate Tyrese Byrd, with the help of an offsides call on Westover. Facing fourth-and-3 from the Wolverine 11, tight end Johnathan Gilmore corralled a pass from Donovan Brewington and bucked for a 6-yard gain.

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