South Park and Iroquois took turns giving the scoreboard at Latimer Field a workout.
In the second quarter, the Sparks lit up their foe enough to remain perfect through five weeks.
South Park scored 22-straight points to turn a deficit into an insurmountable advantage as the Sparks spoiled Iroquois' Homecoming, 36-28, Friday night in Elma.
After a takeaway enabled the Chiefs to score early, turnovers opened the door for South Park to seize control as the Class A South co-leader improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in division. Clarence Thomas rushed for two touchdowns and 153 yards, while Devonte Fountain also scored twice for South Park.
Taking a knee: Six members of South Park took a knee during the national anthem. They did it to help bring attention to racial inequality in the United States in similar way NFL players did so last week.
"I wanted to protest and show the government we're citizens," senior Sparks tackle Jeremiah Sanders said. "We're citizens. We matter."
Happy start: Corey Day gave the Iroquois folks reason to cheer early when he intercepted Deabeyon Humphrey's first pass attempt. That led to Spencer Slachetka's 7-yard TD catch to give the Chiefs the early 7-0 lead.
Back-and-forth: South Park wasted little time responding on its next drive, going for it on fourth-and-9 with Humphrey connecting with Fountain catching the 34-yard touchdown. The Sparks missed the conversion. South Park scored again, a 54 yard run by Thomas. Latrell London ran in the conversion to make it 14-7.
Iroquois responded with C.J. Perillo taking it to the house on a 69-yard run. He then ran in the two-point conversion. Perillo rushed 32 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Takeaway take off: Turnovers opened the door for South Park to seize the lead in the second quarter. Fountain returned a fumble 35 yards to make it 20-15. After Thomas scored on a 5-yard run with Humphrey hitting the conversion pass to Dayquan Anderson, Jayvon Renfro recovered a fumbled kickoff at Iroquois' 44, leading to Humphrey's 7-yard scoring pass to Anderson. The Sparks led 36-15 at halftime.
Rally: The Chiefs A bad snap and sack of the punter in the end zone by Joe Current. That made it 36-17 late in the third quarter.
There was no quit in Iroquois which scored twice (a Perillo 11-yard TD and two-point conversion and 39-yard field goal by Dylan Giancarlo) and had two possessions with under 5 minutes left down by 8 but got thwarted by the Sparks.
Records: South Park is 5-0, Iroquois 3-2.
Rankings: South Park is ranked fourth in the News' Large Schools poll.
Next: Iroquois visits McKinley at Riverside, while South Park visits West Seneca East. Both games are Friday.