CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The headline game of the Kanawha Valley won’t be in the Kanawha Valley at all. The matchup between undefeateds Huntington and Cabell Midland will be the one two watch as two county rivals square off for bragging rights and a prominent position in the Mountain State Athleteic Conference.
Midland has managed to win the last two meetings of the schools and expect Bob Sang Stadium to be rocking Friday night under the lights above I-64. Through three games, the Cabell Midland Knights have outscored their opponents 173-26. Huntington has outscored its first three foes 96-14. Expect a collision Friday night.
Capital is off to a rocking start for the 2013 season. The Cougars are 2-0 and coming off an emotional overtime win over a much improved Princeton team. This week, head coach Jon Carpenter takes his young squad on the road at the newly reopened Stadium Field at Parkersburg. The Big Reds are smarting after a run-in with Cabell Mildand a week ago. Capital’s speed will be a difficult obstacle for the Big Reds when they clash Friday night.
George Washington, meanwhile, keeps mowing down opponents. This week, winless Riverside comes to Steve Edwards Senior Field in Charleston’s South Hills. The Patriots have solid wins against South Charleston, Paul Blazer of Ashland, Kentucky, and St. Albans.
Hurricane begins what promises to be a difficult stretch. The Redskins have bounced back from an opening night loss to Huntington. They’ve amassed two wins over Nitro and Riverside. However, Friday night Princeton rolls into Redskins stadium for homecoming. Next week it’s Cabell Midland and after an open week they travel to George Washington. It promises to be a challenging four week period for head coach Jeremy Taylor’s team and will go a long way toward Hurricane’s post season hopes.
The Sissonville Indians are ranked No. 2 in the first WVSSAC poll of the season. With a 3-0 record, head coach Eddie Smoulder says his team is playing with a lot of confidence and getting better every game. He says great decisions and better than expected line play have been keys. His task this week is to convince his team to focus on Scott, with a record of 1-2, and not be peaking too much at their ranking, or the schedule with Wayne looming next Friday night.
Other games in the region on Friday night:
South Point, Ohio at Lincoln County
Nitro at South Charleston
Herbert Hoover at Tolsia
Chapmanville at Poca
Greenbrier West at Buffalo
Winfield and St. Albans have open dates.