Lewis boasts a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in its backfield in Caleb Butcher (1,180 yards, 15 touchdowns) and fullback Mark Metzgar (1,014 yards, 15 TDs). Quarterback Braden Montgomery, while he doesn't throw much, has been efficient and has 603 yards and eight TDs through the air.
In last week's win, Montgomery was 3 of 4 for 95 yards.
"They do throw the ball,'' Edwards said. "They're not afraid to throw the ball. It's just that they haven't been made to. When they do, they're quite effective with it.''
Vincent said the threat of the pass has been just as important to the Minuteman offense as the pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
"All wing-T teams are run-first,'' Vincent said, "but the fact we're able to throw the ball [helps]. We always work on it. We work on it a lot. We only completed three against University, but all three were big plays.
"I look more on our completion percentage than I do our passing [yardage]. In my opinion, the reason we've been able to break the school scoring record and win eight games is the fact we can throw it.''
Vincent realizes his team hasn't received a lot of attention statewide because it doesn't play the same kind of schedule as the other AAA contenders. But that doesn't mean the Minutemen should be taken lightly.
"We don't play the schedules some triple-As do,'' Vincent said, "because we're the second-smallest triple-A. In fact, we have less kids now than when Lewis County was double-A 10 years ago. We have to play schools close to twice our enrollment. People want to say that size doesn't matter, but it does.
"The average fan doesn't realize how difficult it is for a small triple-A. There's no end to it. There's no top to it - schools two, three times your size. It's difficult to do it year in and year out. We may have the same kind of athletes, but we're not going to have the same kind of depth.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.