As far as season-openers go, this year's couldn't have been any further removed from last year's for the Cave City Cavemen.
Last season, Cave City gave up 47 points in a home loss to the Walnut Ridge Bobcats.
This season, the Cavemen traveled to Walnut Ridge and held the Bobcats to just six points, en route to a 35-6 rout Sept. 4 in the first game of the 2009 season for both squads.
Cave City's defense was dominant, holding Walnut Ridge to a total of 115 yards, including minus-one on the ground. On the other side of the football, the Cavemen rolled out 378 yards of total offense.
And most of that came via the Cave City running game.
Tyler Engleman ran the ball 16 times for 102 yards, while Tyler Poulette added 81 yards on nine totes. Thamail Morgan gained 74 yards on eight carries and Jeremy Johnson notched 50 yards rushing on seven carries.
Cave City quarterback Dalton Carpenter was four-for-four passing, accounting for 59 yards through the air. Morgan caught one of those balls for 42 yards.
Cave City got on the scoreboard in the second quarter thanks to a 15-yard TD run by Morgan. Engleman ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Cavemen an 8-0 lead at the half.
Then the flood gates opened in the third quarter and Cave City put the game on ice.
Poulette scored on a 6-yard run and Nick Townsend added a score for the defense by picking off a Walnut Ridge pass and running it back for a touchdown.
Johnson added a 17-yard TD run and Carpenter tacked on a 4-yard run to push Cave City in front 35-0.