The Chariton freshmen football team opened their season with a 30-12 loss to the Centerville Big Reds at Chariton Friday, Aug. 27.

The Charger freshmen had a solid first half both offensively and defensively and went into halftime tied 0-0 with the Big Reds. The offense established a good running game in the first half with Brock Oxenreider carrying the ball, but the Chargers were unable to score.

During the second half, the Chargers managed to get a touchdown on the board when Quinten Gruwell completed a 15-yard pass to Cayden Schlutz in the third quarter.

The Charger offense added to their score with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Gruwell to Skyler Storm. Centerville’s offense also found the end zone in the second half as well.

Storm led the Charger offense with five catches for 147 yards and one touchdown. Gruwell went 8-12 passing for 173 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Charger freshmen totaled 256 yards of offense on 43 plays despite turning the ball over three times.

Chariton’s defense was led by defensive lineman Ian Wilson who had seven tackles and one sack. Storm and Kaleb Offenburger had five tackles apiece.