Friday night football previews: No. 13 Logan visits Winfield
"You can't beat a good team without running it . . . unless you've got J.R. House. Other than him, there's not a guy who's going to throw 40 times a game and win in West Virginia when it starts getting cold. You have to play defense and run the ball is what it comes down to.''
In other games tonight involving Kanawha Valley schools:
South Charleston (2-3) at St. Albans (0-5): Trevond Reese had one of his biggest days a year ago as the Black Eagles downed the Red Dragons 32-22. Reese ran 13 times for 206 yards and two TDs and caught three passes for 41 yards and a third score. SA has allowed less than 42 points just once this season.
Riverside (1-3) at Parkersburg (3-2): The host Big Reds find themselves on the periphery of a playoff berth (tied for 17th in AAA), while the Warriors are trying to earn their first winning season (and postseason spot) since 2007. Parkersburg won last year 37-24 as Riverside committed five turnovers. That gave the Big Reds an 11-5 series lead.
Poca (2-3) at Herbert Hoover (0-5): Two very generous defenses meet in Falling Rock as each team seeks to right its season. The Dots have allowed at least 27 points in four of five starts, and the Huskies are giving up 42.6 points per game. Poca won last year's matchup 18-17, making a goal-line stand with 2:26 left to ice it.
Sissonville (2-2) at Tolsia (2-3): The Indians won a wild shootout with the Rebels last year 41-33, and give up 27.8 points per game this season. Sissonville's top rusher, senior Trent Stowers (365 yards, four TDs) sat out last week's loss to Wayne with an ankle injury. Last year, he ran for 154 yards and two TDs versus Tolsia.
Richwood (2-3) at Buffalo (3-1): Quarterback Levi Jordan, fresh off a record-breaking effort against Gilmer County, heads up the Bison offense. Jordan now owns 4,985 career passing yards and 52 TDs, breaking the former school marks of 4,901 yards and 51 TDs by Nick Harris (2004-07).
Valley (4-0) at Meadow Bridge (5-0): Showdown of Class A's co-No. 2 team (Wildcats) and No. 6 team (Greyhounds). Valley won two meetings last year, 30-14 in regular season and 22-6 in playoffs, by going over 300 yards rushing each time.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.