CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was the last regular-season home game for seniors at Sissonville Friday night, and what a lasting impression they left.
A handful of those seniors were at the forefront of an offensive clinic that saw the Indians pile up 370 yards and 40 points in the first half en route to a 67-28 throttling of overmatched Poca at Joe Sawyer Field.
With the win, Class AA No. 7 Sissonville assured itself a playoff berth.
Senior running back Dominic Walker romped for 146 yards and five touchdowns on just 10 carries, with four scores coming in the first half as Sissonville carried a 40-0 lead into halftime and stifled anything the Dots tried to do until the game was far out of reach.
"We prepared for this game, it's kind of a rival game," Walker said. "We got prepared, it's senior night, we didn't want to get unfocused. We went out and did what we were supposed to do."
"The bottom line is our kids prepared well this week, got ready to play mentally, and put it all together," Sissonville coach Eddie Smolder said. "We came out the first half on fire and that's what we expect. It was an awesome way to send our seniors out on their home field on senior night."
Senior quarterback Nathan Miller had quite a night as well, completing an efficient 9 of 13 passes for 220 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 47 yards on four carries.
The Indians (8-1) scored on six of their first seven possessions, with Walker capping four of them with runs of 1, 29, 18, and 39 yards.
Junior Houston Hill hauled in a 34-yard scoring strike from Miller in the first quarter and Jared Wilkinson ran in from 5 yards in the second to round out the Sissonville's opening-half scoring.
But while the offense was humming, the defense, as it has quietly done all year long, was absolutely swarming around an undermanned Poca offense.
The Indians held Poca (1-8) to just 7 yards of offense in the first half, including minus-1 yard rushing.
Including Friday's game, Sissonville is giving up just 19.2 points per game, and that includes a 58-point outburst by Wayne. For a team that averages 41.8 points, the Indians have been more than good enough on that side of the ball.