Knights coach Luke Salmons, who starred as a player at Ravenswood High and Marshall, said despite his team's success this year they have to stay focused to keep their season alive.
"Whenever we've played this year we've played well but we haven't put a complete week together," Salmons said. "We've won but at the same time we don't feel like we've played our best. We can't commit penalties and hurt ourselves. We've got to stay focused. We can't be first-and-20 or first-and-25. We've got to move the chains and that's a key to winning - focusing on being mentally tough."
Salmons, who took Lawrence County (Ky.) High from an 0-11 record his first season to 13-1 his second season prior to arriving at Cabell Midland, said his team knows it has a target on its back but is happy to have brought the Knights to the top spot in West Virginia's largest division. He said as a coach there is always the worry with a good team that it might look past a team early in the playoffs, but he does not think that's going to be an issue with Midland.
"They've been No. 1 pretty much since the rankings came out so you worry about that as a coach," he said. "They've been businesslike and had ups and downs through the season and have still been able to win. They're hungry. They don't talk about it. They're more mature than a lot of teams I've coached, and you don't have to do certain things with them."
For Souk and the Red Devils, getting past Midland will be a challenge, but the longtime coach said his team knows what it is up against and is ready for the challenge
"They're good offensively and they're good defensively," Souk said. "They don't give up many points. You don't go undefeated in the MSAC unless you're a daggone good football team."
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