CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- Sissonville coach Eddie Smolder showed his team just how much he believed in them early in their season opener at Chapmanville.
The faith Smolder had in them paid off big time for the Indians and proved to be pivotal in Sissonville's 40-22 win over Chapmanville at Tiger Stadium.
On the opening drive of the game, Sissonville faced a fourth down and three from their own 49-yard line, and were setting up to punt the football over to the Tigers.
However, Smolder called timeout, and when the Indians came back out on the field, they brought out their starting offense. Quarterback Nathan Miller completed the conversion on a 11-yard pass to Houston Hill to continue the drive.
The Indians ended up finishing the opening drive with a two-yard touchdown run from Dominic Walker with 5:50 left in the first quarter, and Sissonville was off to an early 7-0 lead they wouldn't relinquish. The drive lasted 9 minutes and 10 seconds and took 15 plays.
"I have a lot of confidence in our team, and our coaches," said Smolder of the decision to go for the first down instead of punt. "We saw something and took advantage of it. Our objective in offense is to move the ball down the field. I have full trust in them."
The players appreciated the faith Smolder had in them.
"It was real big," Miller said. "Coach has a lot of faith in us. We knew we could do it and we got the first down. That turned the momentum really big our way and put Chapmanville down. It was perfect."
Smolder indicated the long drive set the tone for the rest of the game.