Raleigh-Egypt hung with host Brighton for a while Friday night before the Cardinals scored five touchdowns in the second quarter to blow the game wide open. 

Brighton rolled up 365 yards of offense, including 274 in the air, on the way to a convincing 50-9 win in the season opener. 

"We were very pleased with how we played," said first-year head coach Mike David. "Our defense did a great job all night long. They had one long run and that was about it .. I thought we threw the ball extremely well." 

Nick Johnson had an excellent night, completing 16 of 22 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Four different receivers had more than 50 yards receiving, led by Bryce Chaco, who caught two passes for 82 yards and a TD. Tyler Burnett caught six balls for 68 yards, Michael Armour had four catches for 56 yards and a score and Emmanuel Thurman finished with three catches for 63 yards. 

Wesley Ervin rushed for a pair of TDs and Nick Harvell added a TD run. 

Brighton lost its season opener the last two seasons against Houston.

"For us, this was really important," said David. "We wanted to win the opener. Raleigh-Egypt is a very good team. I was proud of the way the guys came out ready to play."

Next up is a road trip to Dyersburg, which is ranked ranked fifth in the Class 4A state poll. 

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​

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