CRYSTAL CITY - The Charleston Bluejays jumped out to a 23-0 lead on Crystal City, propelling themselves to a 37-27 win in their Class 2A, District 1 opener.
The Bluejays led 30-6 heading into the fourth quarter but the Hornets made the score much more respectable, scoring 21 points in the final frame.
"The end result was a win but we didn't play very well," said Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "Crystal City is a lot better than people think. They really came after us. They started the game with an onside kick. They tried onside kicks after every score. We got all but one of them but I just don't think we were ready today."
Charleston's Jordy Mixon got the scoring started on a 12-yard run in the first quarter. Paul Brown added the extra point and minutes later, kicked a 27-yard field goal, the Bluejays' first of the year to lead 10-0.
In the second quarter, Orrice Stanback rumbled 62 yards for a touchdown to lead 17-0.
Later in the quarter, Henry Hall returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown to lead 23-0.
Quarterback Dontay Clark added a 20-yard TD run in the third quarter while Mixon scored his second TD in the fourth.
Crystal City got two late scores against the Bluejay JV.
"Offensively and defensively we've got room to improve," said Anderson. "But we'll take the win and get ready for next week."
The Bluejays will host Grandview on Friday night at 7:30. In other District 2 action, Scott City defeated Grandview 29-6.
HILLSBORO-- The Scott City Rams opened district play on Friday night defeating the Grandview Eagles by the score of 29-6.
Senior Brad Glenn had a monster night, rushing for 251 yards on 11 carries and finishing with 334 all purpose yards.
Scott City got on the board early with a 75 yard T.D. run by Glenn to make the score 6-0.
Grandview would answer with a three yard touchdown run to make the score 6-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, Glenn returned the ball 80 yards to make the score 13-6.
In the second quarter, Jeremy Drury caught a 35 yard strike from Jeremy Glastetter to give Scott City the 20-6 advantage.
Freshman Matt Schaefer would kick a 36 yard field goal to end the half at 23-6.
Andrew Estes would find paydirt from three yards out in the second half to make the final score 29-6.
Glastetter completed 3 of 4 passes for 62 yards with one touchdown.
Drury finished with two receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Estes had four 4 rushes for 17 yards and one reception for 15 yards. Estes also had 8 solo tackles and 8 assists. He leads Scott City with 108 tackles on the season.