"It's kind of the same thing for us we've been preaching to the kids all year long,'' said Golden Tornado coach Sean Biser. "Defensively, we have to get off their blocks and make tackles. If we don't do that, we're in for a long night.
"Offensively, we have to sustain blocks and give our kids a chance. Hodge and the rest of their linebackers are pretty good at running to the ball. We've got to be able to finish blocks.''
It's no secret that both defenses would like to force the other team to pass - or at least put its opponent into unfavorable down-and-distance dilemmas. Keyser gets 88 percent of its offensive yardage on the ground, and Wayne 80 percent.
Keyser sports a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Blake Ravenscroft (1,389 yards, 16 TDs) and Danny Fife (1,200 yards, 25 TDs).
"Both teams are in the situation of running the football very well,'' Harmon said. "If you can get your opponent to play the less-popular end of their offense, it's probably kind of a goal. I know that's the way we feel about it, too.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
AA: BY THE NUMBERS
No. 1 Wayne (13-0) vs. No. 2 Keyser (12-1)