CEDAR VALE —Clayton Henderson passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns as he led the Cedar Vale/Dexter Spartans to a 50-0 victory over Altoona-Midway Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
The contest was called with 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter due to the eight-man mercy rule.
With the victory, the Spartans improved to 1-0 overall as they remain at home on Sept. 13 to take on South Central Border League foe South Haven in Dexter. The Cardinals are 0-1 following a 52-6 loss to Caldwell.
Altoona-Midway dropped to 0-1 on the season and will hit the road for a second straight week. This time, the Jets will make the trip to Maranatha Academy — 1-0 following a 52-0 win at Kansas City (Mo.) East Christian.
On Friday, CVD finished with 276 total yards, with 261 of that coming through the air on 6-of-7 passing from Henderson. The senior put the Spartans on the board first with a one-yard dive into the end zone in the opening quarter. Later in the period, he tossed a 40-yard scoring strike to Devin Catlin to give them a 14-0 advantage after 12 minutes of action.
Cedar Vale/Dexter blew things wide open before halftime with a 30-point second quarter. Henderson had three touchdown passes during that stretch — a 53-yarder to Arik Artherton, 60-yarder to Cole Criss and 28-yarder to Catlin. By halftime, the Spartans had bumped their lead up to 44-0.
The CVD defense put the finishing touch on the victory on the opening possession of the second half. Artherton recovered a fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown to end the game.
Altoona-Midway was limited to 67 total yards of offense.