For the first time in two years, a pair of 2A rivals just 20 miles apart did battle on the gridiron – and it wasn’t even close.

Hico (1-0) knocked off Dublin (0-1) 55-6 in the season opener at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium Friday night.

"I thought we looked a little sloppy in the first quarter," said Hico head coach Keith Wood. "Once we got settled down, we looked good, especially on defense.

"Because our defense played so well, we worked with a short field almost all night," added Wood. "That’s why, despite the score, we didn’t have a lot of yards."

Philip Garza took the snaps with starting quarterback Sonny Morrow on the shelf with an injury.

Garza was effective to say the least, throwing four passes and completing three for touchdowns.

Garza hooked up with Eric Heinrichs for a 20-yard score and A.J. Needham and Alex Sikes for a pair of 11-yard touchdowns.

Heinrichs was also effective rushing the ball, taking his only carry of the game for a 65-yard score. He was the leading rusher for the Tigers.

Sikes ran for 52 yards on nine carries and two rushing touchdowns, while Dylan Turner (49 yards on eight carries) and Brandon Stewart (43 yards on nine carries) also racked up yardage on the ground.

Defensively, the Tigers held the Lions to 117 total yards. Dublin gained 70 on the ground and 47 through the air. The Lions had negative rushing yards until late in the contest.

Sikes led the Tigers with 15 tackles while Brian Shepherd added 14. Stewart made 10 tackles and an interception.

Hico’s next task will come in De Leon next Friday while Dublin visits Millsap.