ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ANDREW OTTOSON
The Peabody-Burns High School Warriors opened their season Friday night with a 42-13 victory over the Inman Teutons.
Trailing 7-0 after a first half in which they fumbled the ball away three times, the Warriors runners held onto the ball in the second half and took over the game.
With 18 rushing first downs, the Warriors scored five times on the ground and piled up 379 rushing yards on 50 attempts for an average of 7.6 yards per carry.
Quarterback Derrick Simmonds threw for 81 passing yards and completed 6 of his 11 attempts.
Simmonds also made his presence felt in the Inman passing game by intercepting three passes.
In addition to the three picks, the Teutons threw for 184 yards and a touchdown, but their ground game was stifled by the Warrior defense.
The Warriors were penalized early and often Friday night, as they committed 14 infractions for 144 yards.
“We played bad football fundamentally in the first half,” said Peabody-Burns coach David Pickens. “In the second half we came out and played fundamentally better football.”