"We've got to contain Gaydosz and Farley and their big plays,'' said Mohigans coach John Bowers. "We can't let them go 75 or 80 yards. We've got to make them snap the ball 12, 15, 16 times.
"Our philosophy is that even a good high school team will make a mistake - holding, jump offside - if they have to play that long. But you can't defend against a big play. We want to line up, tackle them and play again.''
Morgantown also features a ground-heavy attack, led by Shane Commodore, who took over as lead back when Chazzy Thomas went down with an ankle injury toward the end of the regular season.
In two playoff games, Commodore has run 33 times for 396 yards and seven TDs. Quarterback Mark Johnson has been accurate in the postseason, completing 13 of 19 passes for 164 yards and two scores with no interceptions.
"They have different variations of the run game,'' Salmons said, "with the slot, pro and stick-I. They do multiple things at the same time when they want to run off tackle.
"[Johnson] can throw and they've got good receivers, but they're just a good team. If you shut down the run, they can still throw, but they're not going to live and die with that. They want to establish the run game.''
Bowers, however, wonders if his team can sustain drives against a capable defensive front of Midland, which employs a rare two-platoon system at the West Virginia high school level.
"Defensively, their down tackles are as good as anyone we've seen,'' Bowers said. "The defensive ends try to keep you contained and force pressure on you, and the rest of their kids rally to the ball.''