Goodpasture made Christ Presbyterian Academy sweat it out.
But the visiting Lions held on for a 14-7 win in the opener Friday night as the CPA defense made a crucial stop late in the fourth quarter.
Trailing by seven, the Cougars (0-1) drove to the Lions' 10-yard line before they started going backward.
CPA linebacker Robert Brown made one of the biggest tackles when he sacked Goodpasture quarterback Carson Gregg at the Lions' 27 on a blitz for a 13-yard loss.
"That's a good football team," CPA coach Ingle Martin said of Goodpasture. "They'll probably win their district. But the big thing is that when we had to make the play, we made it tonight."
CPA, a Class 3A semifinalist last season, beat Goodpasture for the third straight time. The Lions (1-0) built a 14-0 lead in the first half before the Cougars finally scored early in the fourth quarter.
Senior running back Chase Smith led CPA with 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries despite sitting out most of the second half with cramps.
"It feels good to get the win, but we know we've got a lot of room for improvement," Smith said.
The Lions were penalized 11 times for 70 yards.
"They're very simple at what they do on offense, but I didn't think we were tackling well or moving very well getting to the ball like we should," Cougars coach David Martin said. "But in the second half I thought we came out and played a lot better on defense. It was the tale of two halves."