Hallandale rode the arm of junior Tyler Huntley and a series of big plays to break open a close game on its way to a victory over visiting Hollywood Hills.
Huntley threw for 243 yards and three scores to lead the Chargers (2-0). Hollywood Hills quarterback Darius Greene had two rushing TDs and 188 yards passing for the Spartans.
A first-quarter touchdown by Greene, set up by Lamont Clarke’s interception of Huntley, tied the score at 6. But Huntley rebounded with a pair off scoring passes: to receiver Neru Nshaka for 55 yards and a screen pass to Richie Cooper that the receiver took 77 yards for the score.
“We made some mental mistakes tonight early on,” Hallandale coach Dameon Jones said. “Overall, I was pleased though. We were able to get a lot of younger players in and get them some experience.”
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Cooper added a 61-yard punt return in the third quarter to set up a score, and running back Taj McGowan rushed for two touchdowns for the Chargers.
“We’ve got a lot of talent,” Jones added. “We just need to maintain our focus and know when to keep the foot on the gas to close out teams.”