Posted On: 10/10/20 11:24 PM

For the first time in program history, the Sterling Tigers took the field as the defending state champions. Fresh off their run in 2019 to the Class 2A state title behind a large senior class, the 2020 version of the Tigers took the 45-minute drive down I-76 to play their rivals, the Brush Beetdiggers, in the first game of the season Saturday night.

The No. 3 ranked Tigers were looking to prove they were still a team to reckon with and would still be dangerous to face after their championship run. Brush was eager to show continued growth and prove they could hang with one of the best teams in the state.

Saturday's game was a true battle that was tied late in the third quarter, but a few costly turnovers that Sterling capitalized on saw them break free late to get the win 25-7 on the road to open the season.

Both teams worked to move the ball down the field methodically on offense and kill the clock with lengthy drives. Brush used a run-heavy offense that ran dives, traps and counters with the inside runs and occasional sweeps to the outside. Sterling would spread the field in the

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