A sharp first quarter made the difference for the Chester football team in a penalty-riddled 34-8 win over the Lewisville Lions.
The Cyclones struck the first blow at the 9:04 mark when fullback Jalyn Reid found a hole up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown. They scored again five minutes later on a 36-yard pass from senior quarterback Tommy Sanders to junior wide receiver Marquavious Halsey.
Lewisville’s most productive play of the first quarter was a 47-yard punt that was downed on Chester’s 3-yard line. Unfortunately for the Lions the play culminated in a 97-yard drive that concluded a minute and a half into the second quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Sanders to tight end Quaterrious Thompson.
Ironically, Chester won the penalty contest as well, racking up the majority of its 117 penalty yards in the second half.
Sanders passed for 259 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 34 total yards. Back Javarious Green and Jalyn Reid combined for 11 carries and 86 yards.
Westside 44, Clover 26
The Scott Earley era at Westside got off to a nice start with a brand new offense that lit up the scoreboard and a defense and special teams that finished the job in a 44-26 season-opening win over Clover.
Senior transfer Cal King tossed three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and ended the night 13-for-19 for 196 yards in his debut.
Junior Matthew Martin caught five balls for 114 yards and three touchdowns, including a 58-yard catch on the second play of scrimmage to showcase Westside’s new spread offense.
In a battle of teams that won one game each last season, Westside (1-0) took a 28-20 lead into halftime but could have had a two-score lead heading into the locker room.
Clover (0-1) will travel to Forestview (N.C.) in Week 1.
Adam Regan, Anderson Independent-Mail