Avery Epperson scored two touchdowns as the Mark Twain football team opened with a 26-0 victory over Louisiana.

LOUISIANA, Mo. — The Mark Twain football team’s offense struggled in the first half.

Avery Epperson made sure it didn’t in the second half.

Epperson, who was filling in at running back with the Tigers’ top two backs in Jace Barton and Logan Perrigo injured, scored two touchdowns in the second half to lift Mark Twain to a 26-0 victory Friday night over Louisiana.

He scored on runs of 23 and 7 yards, both coming in the fourth quarter. Landon Moss gave the Tigers the lead with a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Quarterback Payton Hawkins tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Spoonhower in the fourth quarter that gave Mark Twain (1-0) a 20-0 advantage.

Epperson’s finished off the game with his 7-yard scoring run.

Defensively, Epperson led with 13 tackles and also had one interception.