A packed parking lot. A standing-room-only crowd rimming much of the Silverdale Baptist Academy football field. More folks than not wearing jackets and pullovers by halftime to ward off the slight autumn chill.
Until the host Seahawks' nonregion showdown with traditional power Donelson Christian Academy began Friday night, it had all the makings of a TSSAA Division II September classic, even if Silverdale entered the evening as the state's fifth-ranked team in Class AA and Nashville's DCA the No. 1 team in Class A.
Alas, at least on this night, class size apparently mattered as the Seahawks roared to a 21-0 lead on their way to a statement-making 48-28 victory on homecoming.
"The difference between them last year and this year is 180 degrees," said DCA coach Paul Wade, whose Wildcats had won their two previous meetings with the Seahawks.