MAGNOLIA -- Indian Valley High opened the season on a successful note Friday, holding off Sandy Valley by a 28-14 count on the road.
Indian Valley's Jake Davis gave the Braves a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he found the end zone from nine yards out, with Konnor Cool adding the point-after.
Davis found the end zone for a second time in the second quarter with a two-yard scamper, giving the Braves a 14-0 halftime advantage after the successful PAT kick by Cool.
Indian Valley's Logan Ryan began the second half with a spark for the Braves as he "housed" the opening kickoff from 100 yards out, giving the Braves a 21-0 lead after an other Cool conversion.
Nate Shepier of Sandy Valley attempted to swing the momentum in his team's favor as he found the end zone from 65 yards out, with Jacob Wanger's PAT bringing the Cardinals within 14 at 21-7.
Lucas Dieffenbaugher added the next points for the Cardinals, breaking off a four-yard touchdown run. Following Wagner's point-after, Sandy Valley had trimmed the gap to 21-14.
However, Davis' third and final touchdown run -- this time from five yards out -- and Cool's PAT put the Braves back on top by 14.
The Braves amazed 352 yards of total offense, doing most of their work on the ground with 307 rushing yards due in large part to Davis' 26 rushes gaining 158 yards and three touchdowns, Quarterback Brady Byers contributed 105 yards on 13 rush attempts.
Byers also completed 3-of-7 tosses for 45 yards with one interception, with all three completions to Ryan.
The Braves gained 18 first downs and accumulated five penalties totaling 29 yards.
Sandy Valley was led in passing by Dieffenbaugher, who completed 3-of-6 for 35 yards.
Dieffenbaugher also led the Cardinals in rushing picking up 80 yards on 26 carries with one score.
The team picked up an additional 118 yards on 18 carries for a total of 198 on the ground.
Sandy Valley gained 12 first downs and accumulated 10 penalties for 57 yards.
NEXT-- Indian Valley is back in action Friday, taking on Claymont in its home opener. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.