By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Florida transfer Bobby Haines scored three times and Brad Graham added a pair of scores as the Silver Creek football team opened the season with a 46-30 victory at Springs Valley on Friday.
It is the first season-opening win for the Dragons since they re-established their program four years ago.
Austin Hasting added a sixth touchdown for Creek.
The Dragons led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. After falling behind 8-7, Haines ran for a 60-yard touchdown.
Springs Valley then took a 20-14 advantage, but a 15-yard TD pass from Brooks Howell to Hasting gave Silver Creek the lead for good.
Haines’ third touchdown later made it 33-14 in the third quarter, and Graham gave the Dragons a 46-20 lead on a 15-yard scoring run in the fourth.
The Dragons will host Salem in next Friday’s Mid-Southern Conference opener. The Lions dropped a 29-20 decision to Paoli in their first game of the season on Friday.
• Musketeers lose to county rival: Eastern’s Nick Jenkins caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Austin Roberts to open the scoring Friday against visiting West Washington.
However, the Senators then scored 48 straight points to post a 48-8 triumph in Pekin.
Roberts completed 7-of-19 passes for 95 yards and Jordan Eberle had 44 combined yards (30 rushing, 14 receiving) for the Musketeers.
NEXT: Eastern (0-1) at Clarksville (0-1), next Friday.
• Highlanders win at Forest Park: Hanok Jones scored a goal early in the first half and another early in the second as Floyd Central opened its season with a 2-1 win at Forest Park on Thursday.
Jones’ heroics helped give first-year coach Tim Rice his first victory as the Highlanders’ head coach.
NEXT: Floyd Central (1-0) at East Central, today.
• Providence has no trouble with Lady Cats: Brooklin Grantz shot a 43 and was one of four Providence golfers in the 40s as the Pioneers beat North Harrison 183-238 on Thursday at New Salisbury Golf Course.
The Pioneers’ Colleen Geldermann and Mary Ann Fitzpatrick each shot a 46, Nicole Kruer a 48 and Alexa Wilson shot a 50 — two shots better than North Harrison’s top golfer.
NEXT: Providence at Jasper Wildcat Invitational, today.
• Scottsburg blanks Eastern: Scottsburg earned a 4-0 Mid-Southern Conference win over Eastern in Pekin on Thursday.
NEXT: Eastern (0-1) hosts four-way vs. Henryville, New Washington and Southwestern, today.