CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It seemed as though Sissonville's offense may take a step backward this year after losing key contributors from last year's team in quarterback Austin Crawford and running backs Trent Stowers and Jarrett Mowrer, each an All-Cardinal Conference selections.
But on Friday, the Indians showed there are a number of players willing to step in those empty shoes.
Dominic Walker spearheaded the charge on offense with 167 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns as Sissonville racked up 448 yards on the ground en route to a 48-0 shutout win over Liberty Raleigh.
"It just felt good to be out there," Walker said. "The [offensive] line was the reason that I was able to get the yards. It felt good to get the win, but I couldn't have done it without my teammates.
"At first, it was nerve-wracking," Walker said when asked about replacing Stowers and Mowrer. "But I knew I had to step in there and man-up at some point. There's no better time to do it than now."
Walker didn't have to do it alone though as he was aided by sophomores Jarred Wilkinson (90 yards, TD) and Austin Burford, who rushed for 66 yards and two scores for the Indians (2-0).
"I worked really hard in the offseason preparing for the season," Burford said. "But I couldn't have done what I did tonight without the line and the receivers blocking downfield."
The Indians had five rushers with at least 50 yards rushing on the night. It's a luxury that Indians coach Eddie Smolder is more than happy to have.
"Our football team is very unselfish," Smolder said. "They work together. They are brothers. They don't care who runs the ball. We are just going to attack what's there. They [running backs] are taught to run hard and protect the ball. Our offensive line did a great job tonight staying on their blocks."
The Indians bullied the Raiders (0-2) early as they opened the game with a nine-play, 57-yard drive capped by a Walker 8-yard touchdown run. All nine plays were runs and there was no run less than 4 yards on the drive.