Bluefield is coming off a 63-27 win against Roane County last week after closing its regular season with a loss to AA No. 1 Wayne. The Beavers' only other loss this season was to their rivals from Graham (Va.), in the first game of the season.
Running back Montel Leggett has led the potent Beavers' offense this season with 1,297 rushing yards and 19 TDs on 120 attempts. While they do not throw the ball much by comparison, quarterback D.J. Edwards completed 27 of 41 passes (65.8 percent) for 615 yards and 10 TDs.
Beavers coach Fred Simon said that while it is no secret his team likes to run the ball, the Beavers are more than a one-man team on the offensive side of the ball with a stable of capable ball carriers - including Johnny David, D.J. Stewart and Edwards - at his disposal.
"[Leggett] has got good speed and good power, but he's not the only one," Simon said. "We've got four good running backs."
Carey said one thing that jumped out about Bluefield on tape was the Beavers' speed.
"They've got a lot of speed and their backs run hard," he said. "I'd like their offense if I didn't have to defend it. They execute real well and do a good job with it."
As good as the offense has been for the Beavers, Simon said he'd like to see improvement from his defense, especially with high-powered Byrd standing between his team and the state semifinals.
"I'm hoping we can get better on 'D,'" he said. We've been OK but we've got to get quicker and better to have a chance. We're going to see how it goes."
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.