In a matchup of blinding offenses, it may come down to who blinks first. Blink too soon, and someone may be breaking away for a touchdown.
Hurricane and host Woodrow Wilson, a pair of early-season Class AAA unbeatens, bring dizzying attacks into tonight's showdown at Van Meter Stadium in Beckley. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
The red-hot Redskins have racked up 13 offensive touchdowns in two games and average an absurd 538 yards and 47.5 points. The Flying Eagles are no slouches themselves, averaging 37 points and 420 net yards.
"The biggest thing that's impressed me,'' said Woodow coach John H. Lilly, "is their passing game. I think their quarterback [Austin Hensley] is as accurate as I've seen a high school quarterback in a long time.
"I know there's a lot of good quarterbacks in the state, but this kid is as accurate as I've seen. They've gone to a three-step passing game and are butchering people with it. I'm sure it will give us fits Friday night.''
Hensley, a second-year starter, completes 53 percent of his attempts and has thrown for 573 yards and seven TDs against just one interception. He's been sacked just once and has already tossed scoring passes to five different receivers. Elusive Koi Turner leads the stable of wideouts with 14 catches for 218 yards and two TDs.
Then there's a running back tandem that incredibly picks up double-figure yards per carry. Zach Pate (323 yards, four TDs) averages 21.5 yards and Steven Handley (128 yards) averages 12.8. Pate broke off a 98-yard scoring run in the opener.
"Our competition says a lot about that,'' said Jeremy Taylor, the Redskins' first-year coach. "Nitro and Winfield, we had them outmanned. It's going to get tougher this weekend. We've got a real good test.''
The Flying Eagles lean on third-year QB Andrew Johnson, who has personally accounted for 50 points on seven touchdowns (four rushing, three passing) and six conversions (four kicking, one rushing, one passing).
Johnson leads Woodrow in rushing (246 yards) and passing (212 yards) and directs an option attack with several speedy backs, including Ramon Edwards, who placed second in the state meet in the 100-meter dash last spring.