Trailing by 14 points with slightly more than a quarter left in the game, Timberland coach Art Craig heard calls from the stands to open up the passing game.
But that's just not how the Wolves roll.
Timberland stuck to its ground game and its defense made two fourth-quarter interceptions, enabling the Wolves to score 21 points in less than 16 minutes to post a 28-21 victory over North Charleston in a Friday night thriller at Attaway-Heinsohn Field.
"A lot of people were doubting us, saying we haven't played anybody and are overrated," said Craig, whose team won a battle of unbeatens to run its records to 5-0. "I thought we showed a lot of guts in the second half."
Those guts became evident just when it looked like North Charleston had seized control of the game. Despite being interfered with, Denzel Myers hauled in a 32-yard pass from Corey Washington with 4:37 left in the third quarter to put the Cougars on top, 21-7.
But on their next three combined possessions, the Wolves ran it on 17 straight plays and scored three touchdowns. Jontelle Hampton's 27-yard touchdown scamper pulled them within a touchdown, and Danny Moultrie's interception and 22-yard return set up a game-tying 12-yard run by quarterback Cody Craig.
After a North Charleston punt, Timberland went 71 yards in seven plays to go ahead. Craig broke through the pile on a keeper for a 44-yard run on the drive, which ended with Laron Milford following the right side of offensive line into the end zone from the 2-yard line.
"Because we stuck with our game plan," coach Craig said, "we were able to do what we did."
North Charleston's big-play offense wasn't done, however. Washington, who started at quarterback and split time with Myers, the banged-up usual starter, engineered a drive to the Timberland 15, hitting Myers for three first-down completions. But after three incompletions, Myers' lob pass to Washington in the end zone was short, and a Wolves defensive back batted the ball down.
"I really have to work with these kids on playing through adversity," said North Charleston coach Jimmy Brown, whose team fell to 4-1. "As soon as they tied the game up, we stopped playing. We battled, but we didn't play like we could."
Myers, who bruised his shoulder in last week's victory over Woodland, was limited to 38 yards rushing on nine carries and completed just eight of 18 passes for 115 yards. The Cougars managed just 281 yards total offense.
"We knew we couldn't let Denzel Myers run wild, and we pretty much shot their running game down," coach Craig said. "We made them one-dimensional."
Cody Craig ran the ball 29 times for 180 yards to lead the Wolves, who piled up 356 yards total offense.
NC-Moses Smith 21 pass from Denzel Myers (kick failed).
T-Cody Craig 1 run (Alex Krall kick).
NC-Denzel White 14 pass from Myers (Corey Washington pass from Myers).
NC-White 32 pass from Washington (Ernie Gonzalez kick).
T-Jontelle Hampton 27 run (Krall kick).
T-Craig 12 run (Krall kick).
T-Laron Milford 2 run (Krall kick)
Next: Timberland vs. Andrews Oct. 2; North Charleston at Hilton Head Oct. 2.