The Indians could do no wrong after their first drive Friday night.
Waxahachie gained 573 yards on the way to a 48-10 victory against the Terrell Tigers.
The ground game was the focus for the Indians as they gained 323 yards on 40 carries, averaging 8.08 yards per attempt.
The only blemish on this otherwise perfect game by the offense was a fumble on the first drive.
Eight different players carried the ball for the Indians, but Robert Lowe Jr. led the way. He showed no ill-effects from the foot injury that limited his production in the first two games as he had 16 carries for 155 yards and a pair of scores.
Lowe Jr. scored the game’s first touchdown just four minutes into the game.
Head football coach David Ream said earlier this week that the game would be decided by the play of the offensive line. The Indian offensive line dominated the game and paved the way for Lowe and company.
“Our line played really well,” Ream said. “They did a good job of keeping the penetration out. Robert (Lowe Jr.) had some big plays. James (Onadele) had some big plays because of what they did tonight.”
Onadele and Quin Sargent were the next two in line behind Lowe. Onadele had four carries for 27 yards and a score. Sargent had 56 yards on four, end-around carries.
“We thought we had some matchup advantages with our split ends,” Ream said. “And it ended up that they had good ballgames.”
Quarterback Don King III had his best game of the season, completing 10 of 15 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
King III hit seven different receivers, but his favorite target was Quinn Sargent, who had three catches for 153 yards and a touchdown.
King III’s touchdown pass to Sargent was on a gutsy fourth down call by Ream. It was fourth and 18 on the Terrell 35-yard line and the coach decided to go for it and the pair connected on a 35-yard touchdown over the middle.
The Indians were only up 6-0 at that point and that decision set the tone for the entire game.
The quarterback’s other touchdown was to wide receiver Terrance Hawkins for nine yards in the second quarter.
Corey Culton and backup quarterback Christian Brewer also scored touchdowns in the second half to help seal the victory for the Indians.
While the offense was clicking on all cylinders, the defense was dominant against a speedy Terrell offense.
The Indians (2-1, 1-0 in 15-4A) allowed just 240 yards of offense to a team that had averaged almost 350 per game in its first three contests.
“We made some good plays,” Ream said. “We had two or three big stands, but we gave up a couple big plays. We did have some turnovers with an interception and a fumble recovery.”
The secondary completely shut down the Terrell (2-2, 0-2 in 15-4A) passing game allowed just 79 yards through the air. The Tigers’ starting quarterback Shea South completed just two passes on 14 attempts for -2 yards and an interception.
Micah Lett had the interception, which led to a score two plays later thanks to a 58-yard gain on a screen pass by Onadele.
“I think they are progressing and starting to get a little more confidence,” Ream said about his defense. “Most of them played last year and they kind of took it on the chin a little bit. So I think they’re playing with that swagger a little bit. They had some big hits on our sideline and those get everybody fired up.”
The one negative for Waxahachie Friday was its special teams play.
Terrell had six drives that started on the Indians’ side of the field.
“We have a lot to work on, our kicking game,” Ream said. “All we can do is practice. We get eight hours a week to practice and that’s all we can do.”
The unit also missed a field goal and two extra points, one of which was blocked.
The brightest spot of the unit was a 69-yard punt return in the third quarter by Michael Veail, who took the ball all the way to the Tigers’ 10-yard line.
The Indians’ offense did such a good job, their punter never had to leave the sideline.
This was just the kind of performance the Indians needed to start district play.
“We didn’t want to dig ourselves in a hole this first week then have to play all these giants the next several weeks,” Ream said. “This was good for us and was a great team win for us. I think everybody that got into the ball game did a great job. And it’s going to be a good ride home.”
Waxahachie will try to remain undefeated in district play Friday when it hosts Red Oak at 7:30 p.m. in the first game at the new-look Lumpkins Stadium.