The Union Yellowjackets overcame an early deficit as they battled past Nanih Waiya 24-12 in the prep football season opener for both teams.

Nanih Waiya scored first and led 6-0. But the Yellowjackets came back to tie the game and then took the lead.

"We responded well," Union Head Coach Brad Breland said. "We got back in the game and played well."

Quarterback Tre Bogan scored on a one-yard run to tie the game at 6-6-. Neither team converted on an extra point during the game.

That's how it stood until the second quarter when Adrian Campbell broke for a 70-yard run. At the half, Union held a 12-6 lead.

The Yellowjackets scored twice in the third quarter. First, Bogan connected with junior Laviel Wells on a 25-yard TD pass play. Later, Wells scored on a three-yard run.

Wells finished the game with 199 yards on 10 rushes. Campbell had 115 yards on five rushes.

Nanih Waiya sophomore Ken McQueen, who suffered a serious neck injury during fall practice, was at the game and served as his team's captain.

The Yellowjackets now turn their attention to Choctaw Central which they will be playing in their home opener Friday night. The Warriors defeated Union 17-14 last year and Breland said his team hopes to even the score.

"They have beaten us three-out-of-the-last four years," Breland said. "Last year, they ran a long kick back. Our kids have been talking about this game all summer and I think we will be focused this week."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Choctaw Central comes in at 0-1 after losing its opener to Leake Central, 41-8.