SALEM—Claggett Creek started its middle school football season with a 20-6 win at Judson on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Rudy Garcia ran for two touchdowns in the victory.

On fourth-and-long, quarterback Nathan Allen threw a touchdown to Alex Estrada .

Judson scored its only touchdown on a kickoff return in the third quarter.

“It was a good game for the most part,” CCMS head coach Aaron Carr said. “We have some work to do and we now have a good idea on what we need to focus on.”

Whiteaker

Whiteaker’s varsity football team dropped its opener 30-6 to Houck on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Head coach Tom Larimer cited a lack of experience and lack of ball security.

“We have real good size and athleticism, but almost none of these kids have ever played before,” Larimer said. “We came out with too much emotion and not enough discipline.  That was my fault, and we will improve in that area.  In the first half we dropped the ball all over the field, and didn’t contain Houck’s QB, and before we knew it we were down big.”

Whiteaker moved the ball, but lost four first half fumbles and went into halftime down 24-0.

The Wolverines were victimized by three long touchdown runs by Houck’s quarterback, all followed by successful two point conversions.

“We won’t play against a faster or better runner all year—at least we got that kid out of the way in Week 1,” Larimer said.

Whiteaker settled down after halftime, playing Houck’s starters to a 6-6 second half.

The offense was led by Carson Long, who had 11 catches for 138 yards, and quarterback Porter Vaughn, who completed 12 of 20 for 145 yards and no interceptions.

“Porter did a great job in his first game ever at QB,” offensive coordinator Marcus Larimer said. “We moved the ball well through the air, and our O-Line gave him a comfortable pocket. Ball security in the open field was our main issue and we will fix it. Carson had a huge game and rose up as a weapon. We did some things well that we can build on.”

Bo Bielby led the Wolverines on the ground with 21 yards on seven carries.

Although Whiteaker struggled to run the ball, Tom praised the offensive line (Spencer Millis, Isaiah McGrath, Lazaro Chavez, Ethan Fisler, Carlos Saldana, Roberto Ibarra, and Zander Rhoades) for not allowing a single sack.

Long and Vaughn led the defense with 13 and six tackles, respectively, and linebacker Wyatt Paul chipped in four. Corners Jacob Moore and Adrian Cotton held Houck’s passing game in check all game.

“It’s hard to start from scratch with 20 kids this age who are so new to the game,” Tom said. “But I absolutely love this group of kids; they work hard, they never talk back, and they want to get better every day. I can’t wait for practice tomorrow.”