Kanawha Valley Report: Week 10



No. 12 Riverside (4-4) at No. 11 Capital (4-4)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: The Warriors fell flat in a pivotal matchup with George Washington, dropping to .500 with a 42-6 loss. Capital, meanwhile, snapped a three-game skid with a 42-7 win over Woodrow Wilson.

Why it’s important: With a fifth win at stake for teams, whoever claims victory in this one is locked into a Class AAA playoff spot. The loser could still qualify for the postseason, but each team faces a tough test in Week 11. Capital will take on a red-hot George Washington team, while Riverside battles Greenbrier East.

Who to watch for Riverside: Charlie Pierson scored his team’s only touchdown against the Patriots. Patriots, along with standout tailback Caden Easterling and quarterback Javante Elzy, key a run-oriented offense.

Who to watch for Capital: Quarterback Evan Landers likes to look the way of wideouts Kerion Martion and K.J. Taylor. A week ago, fellow wideout Chance Knox split time playing on the perimeter and in the backfield and had 89 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with six receptions for 60 yards and two additional scores.

No. 14 South Charleston (3-5) at St. Albans (1-7)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: The Black Eagles were in must-win mode and delivered in a big way, defeating Hurricane, 28-14. The Red Dragons were on their bye week and last played Oct. 18 when they were shutout in a 47-0 loss to Spring Valley.

Why it’s important: South Charleston kept its playoff chances alive with an important victory over the Redskins last week that allowed the Black Eagles to climb into the top 16. Avoiding a letdown and improving to 4-5 overall is a must if they want to maintain their spot in the postseason, particularly with a season-ending matchup looming against unbeaten Cabell Midland.

Who to watch for South Charleston: Freshman quarterback Trey Dunn rushed for a pair of TDs a week ago, while Mondrell Dean picked up a team-high 103 yards on the ground. Romeo Dunham is a major factor in all three phases of the game.

Who to watch for St. Albans: Rodney Toler provides big-play ability on both sides of the ball. In the team’s lone win to date this season over Lincoln County, Toler had an offensive and defensive touchdown.


Sissonville (5-3) at Nitro (3-5)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Indians picked up a 42-18 victory over winless Wayne, while the Wildcats were soundly defeated at Winfield, 54-13.

Why it’s important: Sissonville still has a realistic chance at a seven-win regular season that could position the Indians in the top 16 and send them to the postseason. SHS, currently No. 20, needs to beat Nitro to make next week’s regular-season finale against Roane County an important one. Nitro can play spoiler and keep hope alive for a .500 season with a win.

Who to watch for Sissonville: Dylan Griffith and Jackson Foster combined to rush for 330 yards and five touchdowns in last week’s win over the Pioneers.

Who to watch for Nitro: Cameron Foster accounted for both touchdowns on the ground in last week’s loss. The Wildcats’ offense has rarely been a problem this season and NHS scored at least 25 points in each of its first seven games, However, stopping Sissonville could prove tough for a defense that’s allowed 34 or more points six times.

Other games: Buffalo (4-4) at Van (3-5); Woodrow Wilson (1-7) at Class AAA No. 7 George Washington (5-3); Class AA No. 3 Poca (8-0) at Herbert Hoover (3-5); Class AA No. 13 Winfield (6-2) at Scott (1-7)

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