CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A cold front is expected to bring chilly temperatures and even some snow showers just in time for the Class A high school football state semifinal today at 1:30 p.m. between host Tucker County and Madonna.
However, both the Mountain Lions and Blue Dons have high-scoring offenses should heat things up enough to help everyone forget about the nippy conditions.
No. 1 seed Tucker County (12-0) comes into the contest averaging an impressive 42 points per game, but don't count on this team resting on its past performances.
"It's nice to be the top seed, but we play week to week and not worry about that other stuff," said Mountain Lions coach A.J. Rapp. "There's no looking ahead ever or even looking back. The coaches do a great job keeping the team focused. We just do what we have to do and the game will take care of itself."
Tucker County's offensive punch comes from senior quarterback Derek Nestor, who has thrown for over 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns as well as rushed for over 800 yards this season.
"Derek has really come into his own this year," added Rapp. "He's probably the most improved player that we've had from year to year. He is pretty even keeled out there - not too high or too low, which is good as a leader of this team. He helps keep us focused."
Despite the incredible offensive prowess of his team, Rapp believes the competition is tough enough that extra time may be needed to decide who advances to the championship game in Wheeling.
"Anytime you get to this time of the year, you have to be ready for tough games all the way through," stated Rapp. "We've prepared our team for a four-quarter battle and it may even go into overtime, you never know."
On the other side, No. 4 Madonna (11-1) averages 41 points, but the Blue Dons know they are in for a tough game.