Despite all the nerves coming into the opening week of the season, the Sealy Tigers were able to calm those anxieties and cruise to a 56-14 victory.
Head Coach Shane Mobley mentioned, “The first game of the year is always nerve-wracking because you really don’t know what to expect. But a lot of kids returning means we can make adjustments quick.”
There didn’t need to be too many adjustments early as the visiting Tigers raced out to a 21-0 advantage after just the first quarter.
After sophomore Draper Parker opened the scoring for Sealy, the defense made Wharton's drive stall, eventually forcing a punt. However, it wasn't a designed punter kicking the ball, instead, it was quarterback Donovan Krushall.
He didn't quite get all of the kick and senior Brendan Luff was in the right place at the right time and raced 15 yards for the score.
Wharton scored first in the second but Sealy’s number 4 led the Tigers back to the end zone to make the halftime score 28-7.
Zaskoda went on to complete 23 of his 33 passing attempts registering 233 yards and a trio of scores.
Parker registered his second touchdown to open the second half although he knew that was going to be the outcome by the end of the game anyways.
When asked about all the points that went on their side of the scoreboard he said simply, "I knew we were gonna do that."
The sophomore ended the game with seven catches for 57 yards and his lone carry going 23 yards to the end zone.
After the game one of the positives Mobley harped on was the conditioning of the athletes playing for him, noting barely a few who cramped up opposed to the dozens on Wharton's side.
"Yeah, everyone runs, but the kids really, really pushed themselves this summer," Coach Mobley said. "For us to play in this humidity for this long was amazing."
Despite the long-weekend on the public holiday calendar, the Tigers will be punching their timecards Monday morning, maintaining the routine needed to get to school on time.