MERIDIAN — Union 24, Nanih Waiya 12
The Union Yellowjackets are feeling a little bit more comfortable in their skins after a 24-12 win at Nanih Waiya.
"I feel fortunate to win that first game anytime," head coach Brad Breland said.
This season, Union is breaking in a new quarterback in senior Tre Bogan, moving over from receiving duties.
In his first big game, Breland said Bogan led the team well and showed improvement.
"Didn't have as many turnovers and ran the team pretty well. He'll get better every week," Breland said. "I think he's going to be fine."
He made his presence known early, by carrying the ball for a one-yard touchdown to knot the game at 6-6 in the first quarter.
Adrian Campbell put the Yellowjackets up a score with a 70-yard run just before half time.
In the third quarter, Laviel Wells caught a 30-yard pass from Bogan in the endzone for an 18-6 lead. Wells then ran for a 25-yard score and finished the night with 199 yards rushed, grabbing Breland's eye.
"We've been expecting him to step up like that for a couple years," he said. "He's played for us, [but] he had never really played up to our expectations because of his talent. He's grown up a little bit and had a really good game for us."
Nanih Waiya scored again in the fourth quarter, but couldn't mount a comeback.
Union will host Choctaw Central on Friday for its opener.
Sebastopol 40, Clarkdale 13
Clarkdale head coach Wes Roy said costly mistakes wasted away the Bulldogs chance at their first win in almost two years.
With less than five minutes remaining in the game, they were driving up the field hoping to make it a one score ball game. A missed handoff on the 20-yard line turned into a fumble and Sebastopolo took a three score lead, 33-13.
The Bobcats added a second late touch down before the clock ran out.
Despite the loss, Roy said he was proud of his guys and the effort they put out.
"The played hard and kept fighting and kept digging like I asked them too," Roy said.
On the field, they were led by Justin Goodwin's 109 yards rushed. Austin Thomas finished the night with 59-yards rushed and a second quarter touchdown.
The Bulldogs second score came off a 40 yard pass from Heath Harris to Dontae Shelby.
Clarkdale will open their home slate on Friday night against Nanih Waiya.