A win is a win.
Still, the Solon Football Comets have lots of work to do to improve after an uneven, if thrilling, last Friday.
There were many of the usual first-game mistakes. Penalities, turnovers (including an interception returned for a touchdown), errant throws and defensive breakdowns.
The offense wasn't able to really get moving consistently until the last two minutes of the game, when Solon's playmakers Barksdale and Darian Hicks began to connect. And the defense, which shut down the Red Raiders most of the night, gave up some big plays, including passing touchdowns of 82 and 69 yards.
"We have a ton of work to do to get better," Coach Jim McQuaide said Friday night after the game. "But that's what the season is about, it's a long journey. A good team faces some challenges and comes back."
Up next for the Comets: The Glenville Tarblooders come on Friday night.
Glenville, one of the toughest programs in the state in recent years, lost 42-14 in their opener.
Then again, it's likely not an accurate gauge of the team's talent, since they lost to St. Edward, a perennial powerhouse.
As McQuaide said: "We need to work hard this week to continue getting better as this is a very good Glenville team that will be here on Friday."
The last time the Comets played Glenville was in the 2009 playoffs in the regional final game. The Comets came up short 28-27.