Odd as it sounds, the better Class AA power Wayne plays, perhaps the worse the chances of personal honors for running back Brandon Spurlock.
Spurlock, a returning first-team all-stater, certainly has the talent to contend for honors like the Kennedy Award, which is voted to the top player in West Virginia.
In last year's championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium, Spurlock ran 26 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Pioneers to a 34-7 revenge victory against Point Pleasant.
He finished the season with 1,698 yards on the ground, 33 overall TDs and a school-record 222 points, breaking the mark of 1968 Kennedy Award winner David Morris.
However, Wayne is off to such a blistering start this season that it hasn't needed to feed Spurlock the ball. In fact, he's only carried 22 times total as the Pioneers have rocketed off to a 3-0 record - or four fewer times than he did in the 2011 title game.
Quite simply, the Pioneers are too good for his own good. Spurlock has played in just one series in the second half this season, getting only one carry.
It obviously hasn't hurt Wayne, which cranks out 62.7 points and 414 rushing yards per game and averages a startling 10.0 yards per play. But in some ways, it short-changes Spurlock's credentials.
"In all honesty, you feel bad,'' said Pioneers coach Tom Harmon, "but you also kind of feel like there are more important things than a kid's individual stats. That's what we've hung our hat on, program-wise. We understand it's a team game.
"Sometimes when a kid doesn't maybe get the accolades he deserves, it makes you feel bad. But honestly, he's the last person you'd hear complaining about that. He has the right attitude about things. He understands.''
Other top running backs around the state, such as Ryan Switzer of George Washington - last year's Kennedy winner - and Bridgeport's Brett Hathaway, certainly don't lack for carries. Hathaway, despite an injury, averages 18 per game and Switzer's gotten 40 in the two games he's been fully healthy.
Right now, that looks like a month's work for the 5-foot-7, 185-pound Spurlock.
"It's funny,'' Spurlock said Wednesday. "I was looking at that today, all the carries for Switzer and Elijah Wellman [of Spring Valley] and all the yards for the top backs.
"It didn't make me upset or anything. We're winning, and that's really the main goal for everyone. But I know there will be a game soon and I'll run the ball a lot and Mason [Hodge] and James [Egnor] will run the ball a lot, and we'll do what we've got to do to win.''
It's not like Spurlock hasn't done anything this season. He leads the Pioneers in rushing with 375 yards and three TDs, has tacked on a defensive score and three PAT runs for 30 points.