"Their defensive line is just very good,'' Griffith said. "They really control the line of scrimmage. I think they have a lot of team speed defensively, so even if you block and run a play well, they have so much team speed that it makes it difficult to get a huge play on them.''
The Skyhawks' main three ball carriers have combined for nearly 2,450 yards this season - Robert Bias (1,130 yards, nine TDs), Cameron Loftus (790 yards, 11 TDs) and Tristan Crone (526 yards, 11 TDs).
Keyser counters with its own ground-bound attack, led by Danny Fife (1,042 yards, 21 TDs) and Blake Ravenscroft (925 yards, 11 TDs).
Neither side prefers to pass all that much. Scott averages about 66 yards per game through the air and Keyser around 44.
Griffith is no stranger to long road trips during playoff time - the Skyhawks trekked to Weir in 2005 and Berkeley Springs in 2007 - so this weekend's 41/2-hour venture shouldn't leave Scott travel-weary.
"It's just another road trip to us,'' Griffith said.
He planned to have the team stay Friday night at a hotel about 45 minutes away in Cumberland, Md., eat dinner and hold team meetings in a conference room there and watch game video.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.