By Wes McKinney
Huntington (2-0) at Woodrow Wilson (1-1)
Huntington made quick work of Spring Valley last week, in what was supposed to be a matchup of two premiere programs in southwestern West Virginia last week.
The Highlanders defeated the Timberwolves, 40-6.
“We thought it was going to be a tight football game,” Huntington head coach Billy Seals said. “Coach Brad Dingess does a great job with his program. We went into that game thinking this thing could come down to a point or two — a missed extra point or something like that.”
Even with the large margin of victory, Seals saw flaws in his team.
“When we went back and looked at the film and we didn’t play as well as we thought we could,” he said. “Defensively, we had a couple of mental lapses that allowed a couple of big plays. If we want to take that next step, we have to quit making mental mistakes.”
This week, Huntington will look to beat Woodrow Wilson for the third consecutive year.
“Coach Lilly has the two basketball kids out — Donte Nabors and Chase Hancock,” Seals said. “Both of those guys are dynamic and can make plays in the open field. On defense, they are big, physical and can run well. We definitely have our work cut out for us again Friday night.”
The road trip to Beckley for the Highlanders is stacked between games against rivals Spring Valley and Cabell Midland.
However, Seals is keeping the attention of his kids.
“When we looked at this schedule, and if we were 2-0 after the Spring Valley game, we knew the Woodrow Wilson game would be a trap game,” Seals said. “Let’s face it, kids tend to look ahead to big rivals. We already started hammering the kids that Beckley is a formidable football team. If we don’t play our best, we will get beat. If we’re going to be a good program, we have to come out and play well every Friday night.”
Parkersburg (1-0) at Cabell Midland (2-0)
After being on the road for the first two weeks of the season, Cabell Midland will host Parkersburg this week.
Thus far, the Knights have been dominant in their two victories, defeating Riverside 70-0 and Winfield 63-19. They have been led by a stout offensive line and running back Kasey Thomas, who has racked up over 300 yards rushing.
“I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage,” Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons said after the Winfield game. “Everybody blocked well. I thought all the running backs did well.”
Still, after two weeks on the road, Salmons is glad to debut the home campaign this weekend.
“We think it will be a packed house,” he said. “Our community is excited for this game. Anytime you’re at home, it’s better. It’s better than loading the bus and you’re in your own locker room. It’s a great feeling to be at home.”
The Knights will welcome in a Parkersburg team that is coming off its bye after defeating Warren Local (Ohio) in the opening week.
“They have some big backs and are big up front,” Salmons said. “They do multiple things and from different formations.”
South Charleston (1-1) at Spring Valley (1-1)
While Spring Valley is back home following a tough loss against Huntington last week. The Timberwolves won’t be able to get too comfortable – it will be the only time they play at home until the first week of October.
Spring Valley will play host to the Black Eagles Friday night.
“The players really want to play in front of the home crowd,” Spring Valley head coach Brad Dingess said. “We don’t have to worry about getting on the bus and traveling. We need to move on from last Friday as well.”
Spring Valley wants to avoid to being in the same predicament they were last year after they started the season 0-2, but worked their way out of that hole and made the playoffs.
“I won’t call it a must-win, but it’s a big, important game,” Dingess said. “You don’t want to be playing two important road games right in a row again at 1-2. We still think we’re a playoff team. If we’re going to make it to the playoffs, we have to win this one.”
Open this week:
Point Pleasant (2-0)
Tolsia (0-2) at Sissonville (2-0)
Lincoln County (0-2) at Logan (2-0)
Hannan (1-1) at Federal Hocking, Ohio