Warner’s Mason Jim is lofted into the air  by teammate Trace Elders after scoring in the third quarter Friday. The Eagles won on that score, 7-0 over Chouteau.

WARNER — Mason Jim’s 2-yard touchdown run with 5;03 to go in the third was all the scoring Warner would need as the Eagles claimed a 7-0 win over Chouteau Wildcats here Friday.

The Wildcats tried to come back with a similar drive with 44 seconds left on the clock but was stopped at the Eagles 18-yard line on an overthrown fourth-down pass, giving Warner alum Chuck Capps a win in his Eagles head coaching debut.

“Offense struggled a little bit,” Capps said. “We lost our starting quarterback in the scrimmage and trying to bounce back from that. With that being said, we rallied, our defense stepped up and we came away with a real tough victory, but we’ll take it.”

The first half of play was plagued with fumbles, interceptions, and penalties. The scoreboard remained blank after two quarters of play as neither offense was able to get anything going. Both defenses played their hearts out, not giving in on either side.

“I’m not going to let some adversity stop us,” said Warner quarterback Trevor Capps, stepping in as the signal caller. “I came here to win and that’s what we’re going to do. Chouteau is a really talented team, we played back and forth on the defensive side. I’m really proud of Mason for bringing in the TD.”

Warner had lost its last three season openers.

“We believed,” he said. “You know you get young guys that have worked hard, but they haven’t won. They put in the time but haven’t seen the fruits of their labor. I said to them, ‘don’t let nobody steal your fruit, let’s go out there walk away with the W. They believed in each other and we are Warner.”

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