HURRICANE - Oak Hill sure picked a tough place to make its Class AAA debut.
The Red Devils ventured to Hurricane to play its opener and found a poised, senior-laden bunch of Redskins without an ounce of sympathy for its inexperienced opponent.
Nine seniors were in the starting lineup for Hurricane and the Redskins rode their upperclassmen to an impressive 5-0 win Tuesday night.
Senior Felipe Thompson got the Redskins (2-0) off on the right foot, booting home two goals in the opening 15 minutes, and Hurricane was on cruise control thereafter.
"I thought we came out and played hard," Hurricane coach Jim Dagostine said. "Oak Hill has good athletes but I thought we moved the ball well and put some pressure on them and we were able to convert, but we're a long way from being what we should be. We turned the ball over too much and made some silly errors. But overall we're happy to win this one."
Hurricane was the aggressor from the outset and had a 29-6 advantage in shots, including 17-4 on goal.
Trevor Cunningham, Ian Miles and Avery Meadows each scored once for the Redskins and Alex White notched two assists.
As Oak Hill got its first look at AAA competition, first-year coach Kyle Kent was getting his first experience at the helm period. While the results weren't great as far as the scoreboard was concerned, he saw some positives.
"I'm certainly proud of the fact that they held their heads high," Kent said. "For the most part we have a fairly young squad and they were starting eight, nine, 10 seniors and its clear they've been together for a while. But I'm proud of our boys and I think this will be a great lesson for us.