GARNETT — Bo Dilliner wanted no part of any celebratory headlines of Parsons Vikings head coach Jeff Schibi's coaching debut.
The senior quarterback for Anderson County delivered a dazzling spectacle for the Bulldogs, accounting for five total touchdowns and 391 total yards of offense while guiding his squad to a 42-12 Week 1 victory over Parsons.
"Bo was Bo tonight," Schibi said. "If we didn't stop Bo, we weren't going to win. And we didn't stop Bo. He is who we thought he was."
The Vikings sold out to stop the run in the first half, so Dilliner let it fly. By halftime, the Bulldogs had racked up 237 yards through the air and built a 21-6 lead. That advantage was doubled at game's end.
"We played a really physical team tonight and didn't match them," Schibi said. "They made more plays than we did. They challenged our secondary, made some big plays and set the tone. They got us on our heels making adjustments, then they ran the ball at us."
Anderson County flipped the script on Parsons in the second half. After only tallying 34 rushing yards in the first 24 minutes, the Bulldogs finished the game with 186. Dilliner himself accounted for 149 yards on the ground.
Schibi cited the play of the line on both sides of the ball as a driving factor in a Week 1 defeat that came by an eye-opening margin.
"I'm extremely disappointed. That's not the outcome I envisioned," Schibi said. "If we don't get better in the trenches, it's going to be a long year."
Tanner Barcus was perhaps the brightest spot for the Vikings' offense, hauling in seven catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ethan Houk passed for one score and ran for one as well.
"They mauled us up front," Schibi said. "It's going to be a long year if we don't get tougher there. Ethan was under pressure all night long. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot. We just got dominated."
With a senior-loaded team, there was optimism going into the 2020 season for the Vikings that last year's 2-7 record would be washed away.
Instead, Parsons is now forced to make on-the-fly changes over the next week.
"We can't let this dictate our season," Schibi said. "We've got to continue to move forward. We've got to get to district play by getting better over the next few weeks."
Parsons hits the road again in Week 2 as the Vikings face the Iola Mustangs. The two teams met twice last year, splitting the pair of games.
"I try to win at everything," Schibi said. "I take a loss very hard. As the head coach, I have to do whatever I can to have some sort of positive momentum moving forward. So we're going to focus on Iola and wipe this game clean."
Anderson County 42, Parsons 12
Anderson County: 7 14 13 8 — 42
Parsons: 6 0 6 0 — 12
AC: Bo Dilliner 63-yard pass to Braden Blaufuss, 9:16, 7-0
PS: Ethan Houk 1-yard run, 0:45, 7-6
AC: DIlliner 36-yard pass to Braden Blaufuss, 9:30, 14-6
AC: Dilliner 21-yard pass to Fisher Galey, 2:37, 21-6
AC: Fisher Galey 9-yard run, 9:20, 28-6
AC: Dilliner 39-yard punt return, 3:00, 34-6
PS: Houk 56-yard pass to Tanner Barcus, 1:07, 34-12
AC: Dilliner 16-yard run, 5:12, 42-12