Sometimes a good helping of home cooking is all it takes to get you back on your feet again.
Apparently this was the remedy that righted the ship for the Salem Greyhounds after two frustrating road losses to open the season.
Salem took out their aggressions on the visiting Parkin Tigers Sept. 19 with a 46-6 shellacking that gave the Greyhounds their first win of the year.
"It feels great to open the home season with a win. We got a lot of things corrected between last week and this week," said Greyhound Head Coach Wayne Guiltner.
The Greyhound offensive machine rolled out 433 yards of offense, while the defense kept Parkin off balance all night.
Things didn't start out very rosy for the Greyhounds as it was de ja vu all over again early in the game.
After falling behind early last week at Marked Tree, Salem fell behind even quicker against Parkin as the Tigers' Antonio Patterson took the opening kickoff and ran untouched down the right sideline for a touchdown barely 10 seconds into the game.
"Our outside contain guy fell down, and we kicked the ball to the wrong side of the field, and they took advantage of those mistakes," Guiltner said.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, this was their lone bright spot as the Greyhounds erupted for 46 unanswered points to put the contest away.
The Greyhounds took the ball on their first series and went 59 yards in 10 plays to post their first score of the game.
Woody Harlow (nine carries, 80 yards) capped the drive with a 6-yard TD run. Kyle Estes caught a pass from Phillip Taylor for the two-point conversion to give Salem a 8-6 lead at the 8:57 mark of the first.
The next Tiger drive was snuffed out as Brandon Grass picked off a Parkin pass. Grass ended the night with two picks for Salem.
The Greyhounds logged their second score of the first quarter as Harlow rumbled across the goal line from two yards out for a 15-6 Greyhound lead.
Wanting to ride this wave of momentum, the Hounds booted an onsides kick that Ryan Yarnell recovered at the Tiger 39.
The Greyhounds turned the ball over to Parkin on a fumble, but between penalties and the Salem defensive front, the Tigers just couldn't move the ball.
Salem struck for three more scores in the second quarter to pad their lead.
Taylor (15 of 25, 161 yards) hit Estes for a 30-yard TD strike at the 9:19 mark, setting up James Wagner time.
At the 6:19 mark, Taylor rolled out and hit Wagner for a 39-yard touchdown, and a minute later, Wagner found the end zone on his own as he picked off a Parkin pass and ran it back for a touchdown.
When the second quarter dust had settled, the Greyhounds held a comfortable 34-6 halftime lead.
A pair of second half scores rounded out the Greyhound offensive eruption.
Late in the third quarter, starting at their own 9-yard line thanks to an interception by Brennan Cochran, the Greyhounds headed downfield.
Primarily behind the running of Rick Cowart (13 carries, 149 yards) Salem ended up at the Tiger 1-yard line where Taylor hooked up with Estes again to give Salem a 40-6 lead with 46 ticks left in the third.
Taylor wasn't done as he rolled out and hit Kirk Chambers for a 31-yard TD pass with 5:43 left in the game to give Salem a commanding 46-6 victory over Parkin.
Taylor finished the game with four touchdown passes."We threw the ball 25 times each the past two games, and I think that's what we want to strive for," Guiltner said. "That helps open the running lanes, and if we can run the ball 25 times or so, we've got a pretty good balance."