Belton's Denver Holman (16) looks for room to run after a catch against Austin Westlake's Drew Webster on Friday in Belton.

BELTON — The Belton Tigers knew they had a heavyweight bout on their hands with Austin Westlake in town for a demanding season opener. The Tigers absorbed punches, landed their share and will take every feeling, positive and negative, following a grueling test with them and apply those to the next nine games of the regular season.

The fourth-ranked Chaparrals scored 17 straight points to close the first half and shake off an early deficit en route to a 38-17 victory at sweltering Tiger Field on Friday night.

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