By LaJena Gruis
Starting off the 50th football season with a shiny win at home, the Chargers stopped the Warner Monarchs 42-14. The Chargers had 410 total yards, 307 of which came from Nick’s rushing attempts. He had rushing touchdowns of 5, 50, 47, 53 and 44 yards. Wittler also had 58 yards for passing on the night. The Monarchs had 208 total yards.
First quarter action had the Chargers and Monarch’s finding their bearings and trading the ball. Monarchs won the coin toss and started out with the ball but not scoring. Senior Jett Lamb recovered a fumble giving the ball back to the Chargers, but they could not cash in on a touchdown.
In quarter two, senior quarterback Nick Wittler, rushed for 5 yards putting the Chargers on the board. The conversion would fail. Nick carried the ball for 50 yards to score again with 4:09 left in the quarter and the conversion was good with a pass from Wittler to Senior Grant Johnson pushing the scoring to 14-0. The Chargers would not leave the second quarter quietly and the offensive line opened a hole for Nick to run 47 yards with just :17 seconds left in the quarter. Nick also scored the 2-point conversion. Half time score was 22-0 with the Chargers leading.
Not waiting long, Nick rushed for 53 yards to score again and the conversion failed. Warner’s quarterback Ben Fischbach answered back with a 3-yard pass to Peyton Jung to score and Spencer Ketterling kicked the extra point to put the Monarchs on the board with 7 points.
Starting off the fourth quarter scoring early, Nick ran for 44 yards and moved the score to 34-7. Nick’s pass to brother Marshall Wittler was completed but not converted. Ben Fishbach found Spencer Ketterling with a 37-yard pass to score. Ketterling punted the ball in to make good on the extra point.
Sophomore Jordan Schall had the last touchdown on the night for the Chargers. He had a 3-yard run and the conversion pass from Nick to Zach Farries was good to complete the Charger win.
Defensively and offensively the Charger line worked seamlessly lead by Jett, Grant, Jack Darling, Jesse Schall, Jordan Schall, and Blaine Hill.
The Chargers will travel to Wall this Friday to take on the Eagles (1-0) with kickoff scheduled for 6:00 PM MT. Wall defeated Harding County at home in their season opener 29-26.