CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Not everyone around West Virginia was shocked when Capital knocked off No. 4 George Washington last week, ending a seven-game losing streak to its crosstown rival.
"We picked it,'' said Woodrow Wilson coach John H. Lilly. "When we were in our staff meeting last week, we picked Capital to beat them. We had that feeling. It didn't surprise us in the least bit.''
Lilly and his team get to see just how far the Cougars have come when they pay a visit to Laidley Field for tonight's 7:30 game, which pits clubs vying for Class AAA playoff spots.
Woodrow (6-3) enters the game ranked 10th, while Capital (5-3) apparently fell from 13th to 15th after the ratings were reshuffled this week to reflect seven wins forfeited by Elkins for use of an ineligible player (see unofficial new ratings, Page 2B).
"They're playing their best ball right now,'' Lilly said of the Cougars. "They're peaking at the right time.''
The teams are more or less mirror images, each sporting a quarterback equally effective running or passing and a stable of versatile runners and receivers capable of busting big plays.
For the Flying Eagles, third-year QB Andrew Johnson directs the show. He's run for 11 touchdowns this season and thrown for 12. His big-play back is Ramon Edwards, who averages an absurd 14.1 yards per carry and has caught a team-high 21 passes. The X factor is Cole Williams, who owns three TD runs and five TD catches.
Capital relies on talent like freshman quarterback Tyhree Pratt (three TD runs, 11 TD passes) and game-breaking running backs Kashuan Haley and James Richmond.
In the Cougars' last three games, both Haley and Richmond have each topped 100 yards rushing. Like Edwards, both also double as dangerous kick returners. Haley has nine TDs of 50-plus yards on scrimmage plays or returns.