Blended with the new and the old and a strong defensive performance, the Clear Springs Chargers opened up the 2017 season with a 27-3 victory over the La Porte Bulldogs at CCISD Veterans Memorial Stadium.
After Clear Springs forced a La Porte three-and-out to start the game, the Chargers emphatically opened up the scoring.
A familiar face, Clear Springs senior wide receiver Peyton Sawyer hauled in a 41-yard touchdown pass from new starting sophomore quarterback Garrett Rooker on the first offense play for Clear Springs.
Senior Seth Porter nailed a 27-yard field goal on Clear Springs’ second possession with 2:39 left in the first quarter. Porter also hauled in an interception in the third quarter.
The Chargers defense forced La Porte to punt in all four possessions in the first half and limited the Bulldogs to 53 total offensive yards. The Chargers had 178 yards. Clear Springs held La Porte to only three first downs and none in the second quarter. The Chargers had nine.
Todd Hudson led the Chargers rushing offense in the first half with eight carries for 56 yards.
Two Clear Springs miscues set up La Porte’s only score, a 35-yard field goal by Dominic Warner with 5:36 left in the third quarter.
The Chargers quickly struck back as Hudson ripped off a 43-yard run and then Rooker found Sawyer (four catches for 41 yards) for his second touchdown, this time from 13 yards out.
In Clear Springs’ final scoring drive, Hudson put an exclamation point on his night (18 carries for 164 yards) by converting all of the Chargers’ yards, going 47 yards on three carries and finding the end zone for 28 yards.
Rooker finished the night 14-of-25 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior Michael Gillaspia hauled in six catches for 34 yards.
The Chargers defense held La Porte to only 152 total yards of offense (seven first downs) and Clear Springs had a total of 323 yards and 13 first downs.
Clear Springs (1-0) will have a tough final tuneup before district play when the Chargers travel to Spring Westfield (1-0). The Mustangs defeated Galena Park North Shore 37-20 this week.