It may have been its first game of the season, but South Warren looked to already be in postseason form Friday night.
Taking on Warren East in their season opener at the Raiders’ Jim Ross Field, the Spartans used an exceptional performance from quarterback Caden Veltkamp and controlled every aspect of the game en route to a dominant 40-0 win.
Veltkamp finished 16-of-22 passing for 298 yards and five touchdowns for South Warren (1-0), which hosts Louisville Central at 7 p.m. next Friday.
The Raiders (0-1) will look to bounce back next Friday at Russell County. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Russell Springs.
After punting on its opening series, South Warren struck first at the 2:55 mark of the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown run by Kobe Martin. Martin’s run capped a 10-play drive and gave the Spartans their first points of the season.
The Spartans doubled their lead early into the second with Veltkamp’s first touchdown pass of the night — a nine-yard toss to Jason Putman. Veltkamp connected with Putman for a gain of 20 yards on the first play of the drive and then again found the receiver to make it 15-0 at the 8:10 mark.
South Warren scored less than three minutes later, using a 44-yard touchdown pass from Veltkamp to Christian Conyer to go up 22-0 with 5:44 remaining in the quarter.
The Spartans scored twice more in the first half — on an 18-yard touchdown strike from Veltkamp to Mason Willingham and a 26-yard connection between Veltkamp and Eldar Dervisevic — to take a comfortable 34-0 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Veltkamp was 15-of-20 for 258 yards and four scores at the break.
Veltkamp threw his fifth and final touchdown pass of the contest with a 40-yarder to Putman to make it 40-0 at the 8:05 mark of the third quarter — and Warren East was never able to recover from the lopsided deficit.