By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Holcomb Longhorn football coach Jerry Johnson knew his team's season-opening game Friday night at Chaparral would be a difficult one.

And he was right.

The Longhorns trailed 18-0 at halftime and eventually fell to the Roadrunners 31-12.

"We played a much better second half, but we certainly did enough to beat ourselves," Johnson said.

Indeed, the Longhorns had three turnovers two lost fumbles and an interception while Chaparral did not turn the ball over at all.

Big plays proved costly to the Longhorns, with three of the Chaparral touchdowns coming on plays of 30 or more yards.

"For the most part, except the long plays, the defense looked pretty good," Johnson said. "We knew the first couple of games would be rough because with a couple of suspensions and a couple of players being hurt, we're playing a lot of sophomores."

Johnson did not name the players but did say they were for school misconduct incidents.

One bright spot for the Longhorns' offense was the effort of Jose Munoz, who finished with 101 yards on 18 carries and scored the two Holcomb TDs.

"We'll definitely get better, but the early schedule will make the record tough," Johnson said. "Right now, we're just focusing on getting better and hoping to be at our best when districts come around later in the season."

The Longhorns finished with 241 of offense (164 rushing, 77 passing) while the Roadrunners had 221 yards rushing and 83 passing for a total of 304 yards.

Holcomb hosts Scott City on Friday night.

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Chaparral 31, Holcomb 12

Holcomb 0 0 6 6 -- 12

Chaparral 12 6 0 13 -- 31

Scoring

C 30-yard TD pass

C 10-yard TD pass

C 3-yard run

H Jose Munoz 24 run (PAT failed)

C 37-yard TD pass

C 80-yard run

H Munoz 5 run (PAT failed)

Individual Statistics

Holcomb

Rushing Munoz 18-101, Singhisen 18-38, LaSalle 4-26, Homer 3 (-1).

Passing Singhisen 6-15-1--77.

Receiving Walck 3-56, Homer 2-18, LaSalle 1-3.

Goodland 46, Hugoton 8

At Hugoton, the visiting Cowboys scored 24 first-quarter points and added 15 in the second to roll past the Eagles in the season opener for both teams.

Quarterback Reed Bellamy connected on 16-of-26 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Cowboys.

The Cowboys also netted 207 yards rushing for a total offensive output of 433 while the Eagles, who graduated 15 seniors from a 10-1 team in 2009, got 117 yards rushing on 17 carries from Cody Frederick, who also was 3-of-7 passing for 47 yards.

Frederick had one touchdown pass of 12 yards to Jaime Rodriguez for the Eagles' lone score in the first quarter.

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Goodland 46, Hugoton 8

Goodland 24 15 7 0 -- 46

Hugoton 8 0 0 0 -- 8

Scoring

G Pearson 10 pass from Bellamy (Wilkens pass from Bellamy)

H Rodriguez 12 pass from Frederick (Frederick run)

G O'Hara 1 run (O'Hara run)

G Hillmer 43 pass from Bellamy (Hillmer run)

G Deeds 19 run (Deeds pass from Bellamy)

G Avelar 5 pass from Bellamy (DeLaRosa run)

G Hillmer 3 run (DeLaRosa run)

SW Heights 30, Sublette 14

At Sublette, the Southwestern Heights Mustangs made a successful opener for their new coach, Matt Scripsick.

The Mustangs scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and added another in the second to take a 22-6 halftime lead over the Larks in a Hi-Plains League encounter.

Ben Johnsrud intercepted a pass in the first quarter for Heights and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown and also ran 55 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. He added one conversion run and a conversion pass for the Mustangs.

Sublette's scores came on a Dustin Hessman 1-yard run in the second quarter and a 32-yard pass from Cole Sjeklocha to Angel Martinez in the third period.

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SW Heights 30, Sublette 14

Sublette 0 6 8 0 -- 14

SW Heights 14 8 8 0 -- 30

Scoring

First Quarter

SWH Johnsrud 28 interception return (Chavez run)

SWH Collins 29 run (PAT failed)

Second Quarter

S Hessman 1 run (PAT failed)

SWH Johnsrud 55 run (Johnsrud run)

Third Quarter

S Martinez 32 pass from Sjeklocha (Hessman pass from Sjeklocha)

SWH Collins 3 run (Amerin pass from Johnsrud).

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Friday's Scores

Scott City 16, Garden City 14

Chaparral 31, Holcomb 12

Elkhart 25, Cimarron 8

Dighton 54, Triplains 0

Hoxie 44, Greeley County 18

Ingalls 58, Bucklin 12

Stanton County 26, Lakin 16

Canadian, Texas 36, Meade 6

Moscow 50, Balko, Okla. 12

Wichita County 37, Satanta 8

Oakley 64, Syracuse 6

Colby 47, St. Francis 22

Deerfield 54, Wallace Co. 20

Goodland 46, Hugoton 8

Liberal 40, Ulysses 8

South Gray 24, Kiowa County 20

Southwestern Heights 30, Sublette 14

Tyrone, Okla. 56, Rolla 20