Nyle Ervin

DULUTH — Duluth football’s season opener was worth the wait.

The Wildcats blitzed visiting Alcovy with four touchdowns in the first quarter of an eventual 42-27 victory. They built a 42-6 lead in the second half before Alcovy tacked on some late scores.

It was the season opener for Duluth because it lost opponents because of COVID-19 complications.

Lonnie Ratliff scored Duluth’s first TD on a run, then teammate Jaiden Jones scored on a pair of TD runs for a 21-0 lead. Nyle Ervin capped the 28-0 first-quarter lead with a 53-yard scoring run.

Alcovy stayed within 28-6 at halftime, but Duluth pulled away in the second half. The hosts’ got a 10-yard TD pass from Ratliff to Jones in the third quarter, as well as a 37-yard TD run from Ervin for their final points.

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