CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The game will only be part of the story tonight when St. Albans visits South Charleston.
The Black Eagles debut in their new on-campus field after a summerlong rush to get the facility ready. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
It's got to give a boost to SC, which lost its opener at George Washington 34-27. SA started out with a 41-14 setback to Spring Valley.
Both teams like to throw the ball, SC with sophomore Kentre Grier and SA with junior Noah Reed.
South Charleston Principal Mike Arbogast said the school's football facility is going to be a work in progress, but feels like everything is suitable for playing games there now.
"It's not where we want it to be,'' he said recently, "which is my dream and vision for this place when we started. We want to continue to raise funds to build a fieldhouse on the field, go in behind the visiting bleachers and build a bigger and more modern press box. We've still got things going on.''
"We want to build an alumni wall with the boosters - have people buy bricks and put their names on it. We want to have something for the community to buy into. Everyone has the opportunity to be part of this, to get their names on this. It can be a great thing.''
The Generals downed Woodrow Wilson 42-19 last Friday, running 78 plays and piling up 530 total yards. Quarterback Toby Show found seven different receivers in passing for 276 yards.
But they'll face one of the strongest ground games in the state in Midland, which ran roughshod over Riverside in last week's 70-0 victory, amassing 608 rushing yards.
"It's impressive how well they run the ball, and the energy they play with,'' said Winfield coach Craig Snyder. "They get after it; they're physical, offensively and defensively. They play so hard.
"I really respect the job [coach Luke Salmons] does with them. We played against him for two years when he was with Lawrence County [Ky.] and those teams played the same way. Luke's guys pin their ears back and get after you.''
Senior linebacker Jimmy Clark returns for the Generals after sitting out the opener.