Visiting Purnell Swett refused to cooperate for three quarters. But the Wildcats finally stepped on the ground-game gas and won going away, 49-21 at Legion Stadium.
From late in the third quarter, when Malachi Mosley reeled off a 16-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 21-21, it was all Mosley and Jeavone Batts.
Batts handed the Wildcats (2-1) a 28-21 lead with 48 ticks left in the third, on a 35-yard scoring run. And in the final frame, Mosley scored on runs of 20 and 31 yards and Betts found the end zone again on a 21-yard jaunt.
Mosely churned in 115 rushing yards on 11 carries, while Batts had nine rushes for 87 yards.
"It's like tonight, we came back in the second half and just settled down and started handling the adjustments and stopped making mistakes," New Hanover coach Kevin Motsinger said.
"And we find a way to win."
The Wildcats had jumped ahead early on Laquay Cox's 58-yard catch-and-run. Cox caught the ball around midfield and outraced the secondary for the score.
The Rams (1-3) countered on Maleek Lewis' 17-yard reception off the arm of Tristan Lowry, at the 4:39 mark of the second period. And they went up 13-7 when Jordan Chavis caught an 18-yard pass with 1:39 left in the first half.
New Hanover made short work of the final moments of the half to take a 14-13 lead into the break. A five-play, 63-yard drive over a span of 1:25 on the clock was capped by Coleman's 31-yard touchdown pass to Karon Reid.