The Erie Red Devils got their season started off on the right foot, claiming their first win of the season over the Cherryvale Chargers, 24-16.
Before the game, Cherryvale honored its seniors in football, volleyball, cheerleading and band. Erie quarterback Dawson Lehman was the star of the show, picking up three rushing touchdowns of 3 yards, 7 yards and then 29 yards to cap off the first half. The Cherryvale defense showed signs of promise, forcing Lehman to scramble out of the pocket several times. However, the senior quarterback showed an excellent ability to find room and improvise to get out of those sticky situations. Cherryvale would pick up its lone first half touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown run by Briggs Adkinson, a play that he would set up himself with an interception in Erie territory on defense.
The Red Devils would not pick up a single point in the second half, but they didn't need to. Erie spent much of the second half slowly whittling down the clock, only going to the air a couple of times as they continued to pound the Chargers with the rushing attack of Lehman and running back Caden Eads. Cherryvale would add some excitement to the contest after Adkinson returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown, but a last minute drive by the Chargers would end about 30 yards too short. A turnover on downs allowed the Red Devils to run out the clock for the win.
Erie improves to 1-0 on the season, while Cherryvale falls to 0-1. The Red Devils will host Eureka next week, while Cherryvale will hit the road to take on Leon-Bluestem. Next week's Game of the Week will pit the Sedan Blue Devils against the Flinthills Mustangs. That game will go live on 690AM, KGGF at 7 p.m.