KNIGHTDALE -- The Knights found their first victory of the 2010 season while first-year head coach Rob Senseney picked up his first win with the Knightdale program in Friday's 37-0 blanking of Smithfield-Selma.
While penalties and the occasional mistake on offense caused the Knights (1-4) troubles in the first four weeks of the seasons, it was penalties, errors and a stout Knightdale defense that cause the Spartans (1-4) troubles in week five; that plus the 272 yards of Knightdale offense that resulted in five touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, Smithfield-Selma finished the game with 89 total yards, 22 of which were gained on the ground. The Spartans also fumbled the ball five times, losing two.
Knightdale back Marcus Hinnant scored the first three touchdowns of the game, rushing in from 1, 18 and 29 yards out to give the home team a sizeable cushion across the halfway mark in the third quarter.
C.J. Person added insult to injury intercepting Spartan quarterback Adam Driver just minutes later, and Knightdale quarterback Ben Bolling kept the next score for himself, rushing in from 11 yards out.
Bolling scored again at the halfway point in the fourth quarter after the Spartans faked a punt on the ensuing drive with no success, and for the remainder of the game the Knights were able to give their starters a breather and their reserves some Friday night experience.
Knight linebacker Bernard Bellamy ended the scoring with a tackle for a safety with 4:13 left in the game — an exclamation point that sent the Knights to the top of the standings through one week of play in the Greater Neuse River Conference.
Bolling went 4-15 for 36 yards in the air, and rushed seven times for 92 yards. Hinnant carried 13 times for 113 yards.
The Spartans travel to East Wake next Friday to face the Warriors, while the Knights head to Southeast Raleigh to take on the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m.