Topper Football Drops Saturday’s Season Opener

The Topper’s moment of glory came late in the 3rd quarter with a 20-yard pass from quarterback Luke Gonzales to Jeremiah Hartzol in the end zone for the Toppers only score. Photo by John McHale/

Jeremiah Hartzol shares his jubilation with teammates Jose Salazar and Caden Thornton. Photo by John McHale/

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The Topper football team opened its season on the road Saturday afternoon at Capitol High School.

The Toppers not only had to battle the Capitol Jaguars, but the weather was cold with a stiff wind blowing the entire game. 

This game was the season opener for both teams and the short, erratic practice season showed as the first half was marred by penalties and took an hour and 12 minutes to play. There were 18 penalties and eight fumbles – most on the exchange between the center and quarterback.

The Toppers were totally dominated by the Jaguar’s defense, which held the Toppers to only 18 yards rushing for the game.

The Toppers had no answer to the Jaguars offense as they piled up 402 yards rushing and 5 touch downs winning 55-7.

Carson Dickson kicks the extra point. Photo by John McHale/

Jose Salazar turns the corner after receiving the kickoff looking for running room. Photo by John McHale/

Teke Nieto makes a flying tackle on Dion Martinez in the first quarter. Photo by John McHale/

Teke Nieto rushes up the middle trying to avoid the Jaguar tacklers. Photo by John McHale/

Jaguar runner Gio Munoz didn’t get far on this run before he is tackled by a whole host of Topper defense men. Photo by John McHale/