The Chariton Varsity football team struggled in their season opening 42-0 loss to a very good Class 3A team in Creston at Reynolds Field Friday night. The Chargers had some costly turnovers and gave up some big pass plays for scores to fall behind early and couldn’t catch up.

The Chargers also suffered a big loss following the first touchdown with just under 10 minutes left in the first quarter when starting senior safety Will Swarthout broke his collarbone on a kickoff return and didn’t return. He is out for the remainder of the season.

‘I knew this was going to be a tough game going in. Creston returned a lot of kids and they were very athletic. Team speed hurt us. Our kids aren’t real fast and we don’t have a lot of burners on our team. We just didn’t play well and our offensive and defensive lines got handled pretty easily,’ Chariton Head Coach Curt Smyser said.

“In the first half, we should’ve been down 14-7 at halftime, but we gave up two plays over the top for scores and we didn’t score inside their five-yard line. We also had a couple of turnovers,” Coach Smyser added.

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