Dallas Christian carries high hopes into the start of every new season, even if it takes longer than normal to get underway.
The Chargers are one of many local football teams who saw the start to their 2020 campaign postponed for one month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The return to the field finally arrived on Friday and the eight-time state champions took advantage of the opportunity to make a statement.
Dallas Christian might have been playing an opponent in a higher classification, but it left no doubt who the better team was as it rolled to a 56-14 victory over Argyle Liberty Christian.
The Charger offense was an efficient machine, rolling up 581 yards of total offense.
Dallas Christian knew it had one of the best players in the state in senior T.J. King, a two-time district most valuable player.
King made the shift to quarterback and his 2020 debut was dominating, as he completed 9-of-13 passes for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while adding three scores on the ground.
The Chargers also got a boost from transfer Shon Coleman, a former standout at Sachse. All Coleman did in his Dallas Christian debut was carry the ball 13 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and add three catches for 107 yards and a score.
The Chargers opened the scoring on their first possession, with King taking it into the end zone on a 13-yard keeper to take a 7-0 lead.
Dallas Christian stalled toward the end of the first quarter, missing a field goal, and then a turnover on its next drive set Argyle Liberty Christian up to potentially tie it.
King took matters into his own hands on the defensive side, intercepting a pass and returning it 64 yards. On the very next play, Coleman got loose for a 26-yard touchdown run and it was suddenly 14-0.
With the defense doing its job, the Chargers pushed the advantage to 21-0 just before halftime when King threw a 18-yard scoring strike to Parker Robertson.
King went back to work in the third quarter, scoring on runs of 11 and 24 yards, and after the Warriors had got on the scoreboard, he hooked up with Coleman on a 64-yard touchdown to make it 42-7.
Dallas Christian put it on ice in the fourth quarter with a pair of big plays. Heath Flanagan and Tripp Roberts each had only one carry in the game, but they made them count, going 73 and 79 yards for touchdowns to put the finishing touches on the victory.
Defensively, the Chargers got to Argyle Liberty Christian for four sacks and the King interception. Gabriel Grubbs led the team with 12 tackles, Brett Judd had eight tackles and Tristan Turner and Flanagan each added six stops.
Dallas Christian had a late schedule change, but they are scheduled to be in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they host North Dallas.
The Bulldogs are a Class 4A Division I team who have had to deal with schedule changes of their own due to the pandemic.
North Dallas returns 11 starters from a 3-7 team that is hoping to make history as it pursues its first playoff appearance since 1952.
The Bulldogs have a transfer quarterback in Devion Long and he has some talent around him, including all-district wide receiver Quincy Goldsmith.
The defense should also be improved after returning six starters to that side of the ball.