Bryan Station football coach Kenny Turner, with a severe (and contagious) case of pink eye, wasn't on the sidelines for Friday night's game at Tates Creek.
It's probably best that he didn't get a close-up look at what happened to his Defenders in the first five minutes.
Bryan Station had two punts blocked and an interception returned for a touchdown before a lot of fans got settled in their seats.
Tates Creek took a quick 13-0 lead and, despite wasting several scoring opportunities, wound up winning 35-21.
Commodores Coach Mike Harmon isn't the greedy type, but he sure craved more scores that would've made it a less stressful evening.
Tates Creek twice fumbled the ball inside the Bryan Station 6-yard line, and failed to score after having first down at the Defenders 3 on another early possession.
Could Harmon forgive those missed chances in light of his Commodores starting the season 3-0 for the first time since 2006?
"No," he said. "We can't overlook those things. We left too many points on the field because we were sloppy with the ball.
"The kids know that if we clean those things up, we can be pretty good."
Tates Creek looked pretty good at times Friday night, again showing a balanced offense and a big-play defense.
The Commodores had 337 yards, 217 of those coming on the ground. Speedy senior Jontez Jones led the way, rushing 18 times for 119 yards and a TD. For the season he's rushed for 350 yards, averaging 10 yards a carry.
Quarterback Dee Christopher's passing provided balance. He threw for 120 yards, with Martrell Berry snagging three balls for 61 yards.
On defense, Dennis Oxendine had two of Tates Creek's four interceptions and he returned one 32 yards for a TD. It was his second pick-six of the season.
Linebacker Jonathon Meadors led the team with nine tackles.
The Commodores took a 20-0 lead on Brandon Shrout's 13-yard TD run on the first play of the second quarter.
They led 20-7 at halftime, but the margin could've been twice that.
"Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes," Christopher said of Tates Creek's failure to cash in its scoring chances.
"Last year when we'd make mistakes, we'd shut down. This year we fight through adversity and keep it in our heads we're going to win."
Bryan Station's offense clicked at times behind back-up quarterback Michael Morton. He came on after starter Mike Winkler suffered a displaced knee cap.
Morton threw for 119 yards, and while he had three passes picked off, he showed poise under pressure.
"He did a very good job under the circumstances, being inexperienced and not getting a lot of reps in practice," said Frank Parks, who filled in for Turner as Bryan Station's sideline boss.
LeDarius Jackson gave the winless Defenders' running game a spark. He had two scoring runs, including a 44-yard dash in the closing minutes.
Parks liked the way his team battled until the end, but didn't like the way it started the night so shaky.
"We keep putting ourselves in the hole by not coming out ready to play," he said. "A lot of that's inexperience, but we gotta fight through that."
Bryan Station 0 7 7 7—21
Tates Creek 13 7 8 7—35
TC—Jamal McFarland 1 run (run failed). TC—Dennis Oxendine 29 interception return (Reid VanBussum kick). TC—Brandon Shrout 13 run (VanBussum kick). BS—LeDarius Jackson 6 run (Richie Marx kick). TC—Jontez Jones 9 run (Aaron Mullins pass from Dee Christopher). TC—Christopher 7 run (VanBussum kick). BS—Jackson 44 run (Marx kick).
Records—Bryan Station 0-3; Tates Creek 3-0