The Laurens-Marathon Chargers didn't seem to have too much difficulty in their transition to the 8-man game as they won their debut at home 36-16 over Spalding Catholic.
"We started out kind of slowly," said Chargers head coach Mike Ehn. "We weren't quite accustomed to the speed of the game, but after we made some adjustments, we settled down and things went nicely for us."
The Chargers' offense seemed to be firing on all cylinders as Laurens-Marathon put up 417 yards Friday. Gary Brechler led the charge on the ground as the senior tallied 164 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start at running back.
"I thought he did a nice job," said Ehn. "For this being his first year as our main back, he started the season very well."
Senior quarterback Zach Lovin kept the offensive attack balanced as he passed for 185 yards and three touchdowns of his own. Adam Woodin caught two balls for 79 yards and a score. Tyler Smith had two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, and Caleb Jamison added a 50 yard TD to round out the Chargers' scoring.
"We did quite a few things well," said Ehn. "We did a lot of things poorly though. We've got some things to work on, but that's what you look for. You find those things you struggled with and try to improve on them. I think we definitely still have some things to work on, but got a good taste of what it's like, and that will help us next week."
The Chargers (1-0) will travel to Remsen this Friday as they take on Remsen St. Mary's (1-0) at 7:00 PM.