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Indians aim to keep shutout streak going

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Sissonville running back Tyler Shaffer carries the ball in the Indians' 52-0 win against Tolsia.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's pretty easy to see why Sissonville is off to its best start since 2007.

Opponents haven't been able to score much against the Indians during the first three weeks of the season that has seen Sissonville start unbeaten at 3-0.

Sissonville has pitched two straight shutouts in routing both Liberty (Raleigh) and Tolsia by a combined score of 100-0 the past two Friday nights.

The Indians will be looking to extend both their shutout and unbeaten streaks when Sissonville visits Scott for a Cardinal Conference game in Madison on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

"It's huge when you can get a shutout," Sissonville coach Eddie Smolder said. "It's hard to do. Our goal is to play great defense. We are a defensive minded team. We don't care how many points we score.

"Defense is where it all begins and end. We want to shut down the opposing offense. First of all, we have got great coaches. We have worked on the techniques and stress those every day. We are playing physical and playing as hard as they can."

On paper, it appears Sissonville has a huge advantage over Scott. The Indians knocked off Chapmanville 40-22 in the first week while the Tigers knocked off the Skyhawks 20-13 last week.

Meanwhile, Scott is just 1-2 so far this season. However the Skyhawks have had Sissonville's number over the years, giving Smolder and the Indians something to think about.

"Scott has a great program," Smolder said. "I know they are 1-2 but I don't really look at records. They have beaten us the last two years and we have got that as motivation. We want to keep this rolling."

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