SETH, W.Va -- Sissonville's first drive on Friday ended in an interception after three plays, but its defense gave its offense a second chance to set the tone and it hit the ground running, both literally and figuratively.
Sissonville found the end zone on its remaining six drives of the first half spearheaded by a running game that accumulated 322 yards as the Class AA No. 7 Indians steamrolled to a 49-12 win on a cold senior night at Class A Sherman.
It was a milestone night for Indians senior Dominic Walker who went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season on his second carry of the game, a 60-yard touchdown scamper that kick-started the Sissonville offense.
There was little in the way of resistance for the Indians the rest of the way.
"That was our goal to have a good week of practice, which we have, and maintain our focus," Indians coach Eddie Smolder said. "Our kids got themselves physically ready to play this week and mentally they were ready to go as well. I'm truly proud of our effort, our mental focus and just our togetherness as a team. We put together four quarters and it was great we got the young kids in there to play."
Sissonville (7-1) displayed the type of balance that would make any coach happy.
Walker led all rushers with 112 yards on eight carries, followed closely by Jared Wilkinson with 111 yards on nine rushes. Quarterback Nathan Miller chipped in 115 yards on 7 of 11 passing and 47 rushing yards on just a pair of totes.
Wilkinson scored from 9 yards out for the second score of the game and Miller took a scramble 46 yards to the end zone to put the Indians up 20-0 early in the second quarter.
But the Indians were far from done as Walker added a rushing touchdown from 23 yards, Austin Burford got into the act with a 9-yard scoring carry, and Miller hit Josh Landis on a 50-yard scoring throw all before halftime, giving the Indians a commanding 42-0 lead at the break.
Sissonville's starting offense played just one possession in the second half, capped by a 6-yard pass from Miller to Houston Hill, and with a 49-0 advantage Smolder finally called off the dogs.
With a seventh win, the Indians all but locked up a playoff spot, accomplishing a goal last year's team came heartbreakingly short of after dropping its season finale to Braxton County at Laidley Field.
It seems that some of the bad taste that has stuck with the Indians over an entire off-season is being remedied with each passing week and win.