The Union and Choctaw Central football teams both put on an offensive show last Friday night as the Yellowjackets held on for a 43-35 victory.

Union finished the night with  394 total yards with 306 rushing yards and 88 passing. Sophomore quarterback Colby Ferguson completed 7-of-13 passes for 88 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 16 times for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Malcolm Clay was Union’s leading rusher with 134 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. Markus Jones was the leading receiver with two catches for 38 yards and one touchdown.

Most of Choctaw Central’s yards came in the air. Andrew Sockey completed 10-of-36 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Sockey also rushed 11 times for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Gerald Isom caught six passes for 188 yards to touchdowns. In all, the Warriors had 244 total yards.

Choctaw Central struck first in what became a candidate for ‘play of the week.’ Union fumbled the ball. There was a big scramble for the ball and the Warriors’ Azalius Lewis came up with it. He raced to the end zone. Graviel Velasco kicked the extra point and Choctaw Central led 7-0 with 3:51 left in the first quarter.

Union came back in the second quarter with 29 points. It started when quarterback Colby Ferguson ran four yards for a touchdown. Jaylon Buckley ran in the two point conversion and Union took an 8-7 lead with eight minutes left in the second quarter.

Buckley came back and scored a touchdown on a one-yard run. Henry Thornton kicked the extra point and Union led 15-7 with 5:56 left.

Union added two more touchdowns before the half. First, Malcolm Clay scored on a 59-yard run with 4:30 left in the half. Later, Ferguson hit Markus Jones on a six-yard TD pass. Thornton kicked both extra points and the Yellowjackets led 29-7 at the half.

Sockey brought the Warriors back in the fourth period. He ran two yards for a touchdown, and then completed 49-yard TD pass to Gerald Isom. With 10:54 left in the game, Union led 29-21.

The Yellowjackets picked up a couple of touchdowns. Kenyon Clay scored on 15-yard run and then Ferguson scored on a one-yard rush. Thornton kicked both extra points.

But the Warriors weren’t done. First, Sockey ran four-yards for a touchdown. Then he completed a 51-yard TD pass to Isom with 32 seconds left. Velasco kicked both extra points.

Peyton Posey led the Yellowjackets with six tackles. Terrance Swinton had four while Trodarian Campbell and Buckley both had three.

Before the start of the season, Coach Brad Breland talked about how the Yellowjackets needed to play tough when challenged.

“When they came back on us, I thought we really stepped up,” Coach Breland said. “We had a good night on offense but there are things we need to correct.”

Warriors Coach Anthony Thames was proud of the Warriors’ efforts after they found themselves trailing 29-7.

“If we had another couple of minutes, I think we might have caught them,” Thames said. “I was proud of our guys. They didn’t win but they showed they wouldn’t quit. They have what it takes to win.”

Both teams will be back in action Friday night. The Warriors have a long road trip as they travel to North Carolina to play Cherokee High School in the annual Battle of Nations. Union will host Nanih Waiya.