ATTICA — Up by two in the fourth quarter, Argonia/Attica came up on the short end of a 40-34 loss to Hutchinson Central Christian in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

The Titans finished the game with 267 total yards of offense, including a balanced attack of 141 on the ground and 126 through the air. Senior Mason Miller led the rushing attack with 17 carries for 127 yards and five touchdowns.

Miller scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter — the first on a 67-yard scamper and the other on a 27-yard run that gave A/A a two-point lead in the closing minutes of action. Unfortunately, Central Christian came up with a score down the stretch and added the two-point conversion that provided the final margin.

Earlier in the contest, Miller put the Titans on the board first in the opening period with a 17-yard run into the end zone. Argonia/Attica took an 8-6 lead all the way into the intermission.

Things started to pick up in the second half. Miller scored his second and third touchdowns of the game on runs of 28 and 59 yards, allowing the Titans to head into the final quarter up 20-18.

Argonia/Attica — now 0-1 overall — will hit the road on Sept. 13 when it takes on Central of Burden. The Raiders are also 0-1 on the season following a 22-12 road loss at Oxford.