Momentum swung in South’s favor after stopping a run on a fake punt early in the first quarter. Four plays later, White scampered 12 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Hawthorne went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, only to have its punt blocked this time and recovered by South on the 21-yard line. White scored two plays later for a 14-0 lead. South got the ball back a little over a minute later, and this time needed just one play, a 35-yard pass from Will Brown to Jason Yang, to extend the lead to 21-0. After recording a safety, South’s big first half was capped by another Brown-to-Yang pass, this one for 38 yards, followed by another short touchdown run by White. “It was pretty perfect, actually,” White said of the first half. “We went out there in memory of Joe Anzack and we played our hearts out.” Waybright said avoiding slow starts was a point of emphasis for his team. “That’s been a big thing for us this offseason, coming out strong and starting the game well for us,” Waybright said. “That’s been a weak point for us in past years. We seem to be a team that starts slow and gains momentum as the game goes on. It was nice to see our kids come out from the get-go and play hard.” White extended the lead to 37-0 in the second half on a 70-yard punt return, but after that play, Hawthorne (0-2) began to fight back. Behind Marcus Allen and Marvin Williamson, Hawthorne drove for its first touchdown late in the third quarter. Quarterback De’Andre Hinton scored from 1 yard out to make it 37-6. “Sometimes we’re going to have those (bad first) halves, especially early on,” Swain said. “We’ve got to make sure we create those and have those halves ourselves. “This is going to be a gut check now. This team is not going to lay down. I think we came out (in the second half) and answered some questions.” South got another safety and a 3-yard touchdown run from Anthony Graham to cap its scoring in the fourth quarter. Hawthorne scored the game’s final points on a 67-yard touchdown run by Allen, who finished with 112 yards on seven carries. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! John White ran for 71 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while also returning a punt 70 yards for another score to give South a season-opening victory. The game carried extra meaning as former South players Joe Anzack Jr. and Micah Gifford, who were killed earlier this year while serving in Iraq, had their numbers retired in a halftime ceremony. “It was a special night,” said South coach Josh Waybright. “Joe loved the game of football. He would have loved to be still out here playing. He loved Friday nights under the lights. I don’t think there was anything more special to him. It was nice to pay tribute to him and Micah both on a night like this. It was nice to see the community come out as well. It seemed like there was a lot of support in the stands.” Hawthorne coach James Swain said he could tell just how fired up the South players were as the Spartans took a 30-0 lead into halftime. “Those guys played pretty inspired,” Swain said. “You don’t want to come in against a good-coached team and have them have an extra element. They really played inspired. I give them all the credit in the world for that.” NONLEAGUE: White scores four TDs for fired-up Spartans on a special night. By Chris Jackson STAFF WRITER South Torrance capped an emotional evening with a 46-12 rout of visiting Hawthorne on Friday.