GARLAND — The lighting that delayed the start of the 2016 season wasn't nearly as fast as momentum shifts during Friday's football season opener at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.
Waxahachie and Lakeview Centennial High School scored 56 points in 30 minutes of play, including a clinic from Indians' running back Eris Miles and Patriots' quarterback Kamryn Fields.
Indians head coach Jon Kitna partially credited taking control of those shifts to the five starters on the offensive line.
"On the offensive line, there was only one guy who played last year. The rest of them haven't played," Indians head coach Jon Kitna said, praising his offensive line for helping produce 255 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns during the 46-34 victory. "The good thing about them is they give max effort. It took everybody — from the freshman and sophomore players who started on varsity for the first time to our fullback and tight end blocking — to make this work."
He said Jack York, AJ McGruder, Juan Bahena, Josh Washington, Caleb Carlile and tight end Russ Pulfer helped set a physical tone early in the game and opened holes in the Lakeview defense that allowed Waxahachie to dictate how the game was played from an offensive standpoint.
Miles finished with 178 yards — 103 in the first half — on 21 rushes and scored one touchdown. His 8.7 yards per carry average was the best among the five ballcarriers Friday.
Kenedy Snell, who scored three rushing touchdowns, finished with 92 all-purpose yards and Jalen Reagor hauled in seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
"I feel like we played hard tonight. We're not at our ceiling, though," Miles said. "We've got a lot more wrinkles teams haven't seen yet. We've got Jalen and Kenedy who are explosive and guys like KJ (Erskine) and Jeff (Alexander) who are coming back. It's early, and we're still coming together as a whole, but it was a good way to start the season."
The three players along with junior quarterback Bryse Salik (10-of-21 for 177 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT) helped the Indians 433 yards of offense.
Fields finished 10-of-21 for 299 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions — including one returned by senior Antywan Redic for an 88-yard third-quarter score.
Redic's turnover was the third forced by the Indians on the night, with the others coming via recovered fumble and a late-game interception.
The game wasn't all roses, though.
WHS accumulated nine penalties for 65 yards and allowed Salik to be sacked twice. The Indians also had 10 plays that had earned five or fewer yards.
"It's the first game. That always happens the first game," Kitna said. "We'll get better and the effort was there. We're going to clean up the penalties and protect better and eliminate big plays defensively. Every week we've got to get better. At the end of the day, we're a young football team."
The Indians will play their first home game of the season against Highland Park High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lumpkins Stadium.