The Charleston Tigers racked up 588 total yards, (377 passing and 211 rushing,) to roll to a 36-23 victory over Dardanelle in their season opener.

The Charleston Tigers racked up 588 total yards, (377 passing and 211 rushing,) to roll to a 36-23 victory over Dardanelle in their season opener.

After holding the Sand Lizards to three and out on their first possession, the Tigers methodically marched down the field to take the lead. Quarterback Jackson Rowland, 29-44-2, 377 yards, was four for four on the drive, including his first of four touchdown passes when he hit Brayden Ketter for the score. Brayden, who caught 8 passes for 57 yards, was the leading rusher for the Tigers with 113 yards on 19 carries.

Charleston quickly added to their score on their next possession. After Rowland lost his helmet, requiring him to sit out a play, Sean Michael Flanagan took a direct snap and showed his speed racing 70 yards for the score. Flanagan had seven receptions for 134 yards and 2 rushes for 73 yards to go along with 112 return yards.

Flanagan also turned on the speed when he hauled in a sideline pass from Rowland and went 55 yards down the visitors sideline with 4:22 left to play. Rowland’s two point pass to Philip Hampton, 2 receptions for 45 yards, put the Tigers up 36-23. The touchdown came four plays after Dardanelle had crept to within 28-23.

Charleston looked poised to put the game away in the first half, but a number of penalties and four turnovers, allowed the Sand Lizards to keep the score close.

Leading 14-0 in the first quarter a batted pass by Tiger Ryan Keener and a sack by Jeremiah Cadena forced Dardanelle to opt for a field goal, which sailed wide, but the Sand Lizards cut the score in half after catching the Tigers first fumble in mid air and returning it to the Charleston 1.

The Tigers jumped to a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter when Mason Wisdom, 8 catches for 96 yards, caught his first of two touchdown passes.

Dardanelle again cut the Tigers lead to 7 and had a chance to tie the game when they picked up a Tiger fumbler and returned it 76 yards to the Charleson 11. A great defensive stand by the Tigers kept the Sand Lizards off the scoreboard.

The Tigers offense responded, driving 80 yards to go up 28-14. During the key drive, Jackson Rowland hooked up with Brayden Ketter on a third and 15 for 22 yards and then connected with Sean Michael Flanagan for 31 yards.

With thirty seconds left in the first half, Rowland receiving good protection, showed patience as he waited for Mason Wisdom to get open in the back corner of the endzone for the score.

Dardanelle added a field goal in the second half and looked to get closer after the Sand Lizards blocked a Charleston punt. On the first play, however, a hard tackle by Charleston’s Michael Howard forced a Dardanelle fumble that was recovered by Jeremiah Cadena.

Dardanelle did close the gap to 5 late in the game before before Flanagan’s touchdown. Mason Keener intercepted a Sand Lizard pass on their ensuing possession to end any threat.

Josh Zimmer added 3 receptions for 31 yards and Brayden Caudle picked up 14 yards on a reception.

Mason Keener, Colton Ketter and Drew Young had 6 tackles each. Clinton Leweling and Isaac Verkamp recorded 5 stops each.

Charleston will travel to Little Rock to play Episcopal Collegiate this Friday.