Howard eighth-grade green team won their home opener last week against Duncanville Kennemer 16-7.

The Warriors got off to a slow start until a big defensive stand that ended with a safety by Kalean Delce. The offense, led by running back Trevon Smith, then took over.

With a strong ground game the Panthers had no answers for the option, ran to perfection by Kenneth Washington and Smith.

The drive ended with a tough run between the tackles by Washington.

The Warrior defense held strong the entire first half led by several tackles by Oscar Gonzalez and Washington.

The second half was again controlled by the Warriors ground game. Washington, Gonzalez and Smith all carried the ball with Smith taking one in for a score.

The Warriors held the Panthers offense in check and ate up the clock with several first downs on the ground. The green team now moves to 1-0-1 on the season.

The white team also defeated Duncanville Kennemer, but its score was 6-0.

Quarterback Josh Berry led the Warriors to the only score for either team and also made his presence felt on defense.

Berry came out strong, completing a pass on the first play of the game to Austin Hawes and leading the Warriors down the field, but it took the Warriors until the second quarter to score.

The Warriors scored on a 30-yard reverse run by the speedster Jonathan Holtz. Holtz finished the game with about 100 yards rushing.

Berry came up with the hit of the season so far as he dished out a monster hit stopping the Panthers running back short of a first down.

Chance Flanigan, Doug Wheeler, and the entire Warrior team played well. Isaiah Anguiano played well and anchored the offensive line at center.