"We want to establish our running game, and it will become a battle of wills since both teams run the ball. We only run six, seven offensive plays anyway when we run the ball. We don't do a whole lot, but we try to do it real well.''
The Mohigans had to change their offense on the fly a couple weeks ago when leading rusher Chazzy Thomas (1,503 yards, 20 touchdowns) went down at the end of the regular season with an ankle injury.
But the combination of Shane Commodore and Alex Weidman has served Bowers' club quite well in the playoffs. Commodore has carried 33 times in two postseason games for 396 yards and seven TDs, and Weidman has added 181 yards and two scores on 18 attempts.
"They've got good backs who run hard,'' Salmons said, "and their line makes them look even better. They've got multiple kids who run the ball and they rotate kids in and out - just like us. They play a lot of kids.''
Midland's stable of backs includes elusive David Gaydosz (1,886 yards, 26 TDs), fullback Lowell Farley (1,471 yards, 19 TDs) and Kasey Thomas (617 yards, four TDs), who has also split time recently at quarterback with Coy Pettit.
"Gaydosz is a home-run hitter,'' Bowers said. "He's a stud - a really, really good back with a lot of speed. Now Farley is not only a tough guy and a hard runner, but he's fast, too. He ran 99 yards for a touchdown against Parkersburg - that tells you how fast he is.
"They've got two wingbacks who do a nice job, too, but the consistent part of their offense is a physical, nasty line. They're a nice club offensively.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.