Taylor estimates that Hurricane will wind up either as high as sixth in the ratings or as low as 14th after tonight's game, so Knights coach Luke Salmons realizes he's going to get the Skins' best shot.
"We've been counting on that all week,'' Salmons said. "We've told our kids they want to beat you guys just like anyone else, but the difference is they want to get a good seed. We know we're going to get their best. They're not going to leave anything out - trick plays, they do a lot of that anyway, and they're going to play to win. We're going to have to do our best, too.''
Midland's two-platoon system, a rarity even for a Class AAA team in West Virginia, has allowed the team to remain fresh deep into the season.
"It really wears on a lot of people,'' Taylor said, "especially at the beginning of the year when there's a lot of heat. I don't think it's going to have as big an effect on us, but it's still going to have an effect. I don't think they'll be able to wear us down like some of the teams they play. We play 24 kids on offense and defense, so I think we'll be OK there as far as depth.''
Salmons said going 10-0 has crossed the minds of his players and coaches this week, but only because they begin the game 9-0.
"Through the course of the year,'' he said, "we don't talk about being 10-0. You're always pushing to win every game, but we don't talk about 10-0 or the playoffs until we get to the playoffs. We try to focus on each week and getting better and things like that.
"When we were 7-0 or 8-0, we didn't mention being 10-0. As the season goes on, each week becomes the most important game. Now we're at the point where we can be 10-0, and to be where we're at is a great honor. But at the same time, we want to beat Hurricane.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.