The fact that Ida Baker's football coaches - from head man Brian Conn through the lowliest assistant - were stalking the sidelines and intensely barking instructions was hardly unusual.
What may have struck the uninformed observer as odd, though, was the scoreboard.
Conn and his staff showed little ebb in volume from the first whistle through the last Friday night, even in the midst of the Bulldogs' 45-0 thrashing of host Lehigh in their District 6A-12 opener.
"We got the result we expected, but it wasn't crystal sharp. We weren't locked in," Conn said after the team's sixth consecutive victory, a stretch in which it's scored 41 points per game and maintained an average winning margin of 24 points. "We can't play to our opponent's level. Champions dominate their opposition, no matter who it is."
It was a clear-cut statistical victory, if not an outwardly satisfying one for the Bulldogs, whose frenetic offensive scored 14 points apiece in each of the first three quarters before providing the final margin on Filander Barahona's field goal with 8:27 left to play.
Running back Johnny Garrow provided the first, second, fourth and fifth touchdowns for the Bulldogs, finding the end zone from 16, 2, 8 and 5 yards while compiling 106 yards on 13 carries. It was the second straight four-TD game for the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior, who put up similar numbers in Baker's 60-10 rout of Estero last week, but still wasn't ready to say a peak had arrived.
"We've got a lot of improvement left," he said. "Some of the teams that we played weren't as good as others, so we can't walk around acting like we've accomplished anything. We got a lot more games and a lot more tough teams coming up, so we've still got to come out and prepare well."
Junior QB Sage Attwood and senior wide receiver Roy Denson connected for the Bulldogs' other two scores, cashing in from 35 yards to make it 21-0 in the fifth minute of the second quarter and from 33 yards to push the advantage to 42 points with 7:30 remaining in the third.
Baker was its typical up-tempo self, scoring all six touchdowns on drives that ranged between 59 seconds and 2:53, which the number of plays veered from four to 11.
Both teams ran 33 plays in the first half, though the Bulldogs reached the intermission with 245 total yards and four touchdowns while the host Lightning were held to just 96 yards and committed a pair of turnovers. Lehigh got inside Baker's 5-yard line on consecutive drives on either side of the break, but were turned away first by the halftime whistle and then by Matt Yzaguirre's fumble.
In the second half, in fact, the Lightning's composite output was minus-9 yards on four possessions.
"This was our goal. This is where we believe we belong," Attwood said. "We were basically set for this going in, us being 6-0. We're just going to keep going forward to get to districts and become district champions."
Ida Baker 14 14 14 3 - 45
Lehigh 0 0 0 0 - 0
IB - Garrow 16 run (Barahona kick)
IB - Garrow 2 run (Barahona kick)
IB - Denson 35 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
IB - Garrow 8 run (Barahona kick)
IB - Garrow 5 run (Barahona kick)
IB - Denson 33 pass from Attwood (Barahona kick)
IB - FG, BarahonaFG 19