Cave City looked sluggish, and at times lost, during the first half of play.
However, the Cavemen (2-0) shook off all the penalties, turnovers and missed assignments that had plagued them for most of the first two quarters to explode for 30 points in the last 14 minutes of the night, blowing out the Southerners 36-0 in the annual game for bragging rights and the traveling 167 Showdown trophy that goes to the victor.
Tyler Engleman had another fantastic game, carrying the football 18 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Fellow wingback Tyler Poulette was also money in the contest, racking up 99 yards on 12 totes.
But Cave City quarterback Dalton Carpenter was also sharp through the air, completing three of five passes for 98 yards -- all to wingback Thamail Morgan. Morgan also rushed for 31 yards.
But it was the defense that got Cave City going when the Cavemen needed it most.
The Cavemen were clinging to a 6-0 lead deep in the third quarter when Garrett McSpadden slung Southside quarterback Jared Dahl down in the Southerners' own end zone for a safety, giving the Cavemen an 8-0 lead.
That seemed to stoke Cave City's fire and the Cavemen forgot all about their three turnovers and eight penalties to that point in the game and got busy putting Southside on ice.
On Cave City's next snap from scrimmage, Engleman went 37 yards around the right side for a touchdown. William Boyd kicked the PAT to extend Cave City's margin to 15-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Two snaps into the final frame and Cave City's defense had came up big again.
Dillon Sallas tipped a Dahl pass straight up in the air and Nick Townsend plucked it out of the night sky to set up another Cave City scoring drive.
This time, Engleman scored from 45 yards out on second-and-8. Boyd's extra-point made it Cave City 22, Southside 0.
But Cave City, and specifically Morgan, was not yet through with their old friends from Southside.
After Joey Barnett had came up with another interception of Dahl, Carpenter hit Morgan with a 28-yard touchdown pass with 7:05 left in the game. With Boyd's PAT, Cave City stretched its lead to 29-zip.
A scant 12 seconds later, it was Morgan's turn to pick off a Southside pass. He did and ran it in from nine yards out for Cave City's final TD of the evening. Boyd's fourth straight extra-point set the final score at 36-0, Cave City.
The first half of play was in stark contrast to the second one for Cave City.
Cave City scored on the last play of the first quarter, on a 1-yard TD run from Engleman on third-and-goal, to take a 6-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
The Southerners drove deep into Cave City turf late in the second quarter, but Nate Conley came up with a Southside fumble at the Cave City 6-yard line to keep the Southerners out of the end zone.