Hurricane's offense is led by third-year QB Austin Hensley (547 yards, seven TDs) and shifty running back Zach Pate, who scored five touchdowns in last week's 56-9 win at Riverside - two on runs, two on kickoff returns and one on a pass reception. Pate now has 10 overall TDs this season and 464 yards from scrimmage either rushing or receiving.
"You can tell the difference in veteran players,'' Peek said of the Redskins, "and those kids don't make a lot of mistakes. You have to capitalize if they do make a mistake.''
Each coach realizes what's at stake tonight when he looks down the rest of his team's schedule. Princeton's next two games are against Spring Valley and George Washington, while Hurricane has dates left with Cabell Midland, GW, Capital and Spring Valley.
"In the MSAC, we beat each other up and knock each other out of the playoffs,'' Peek said. "We knew with these four games we had in a row against Capital, Hurricane, Spring Valley and GW, we were going to have our hands full.
"We stressed to the kids to take it one at a time but, yes, we know what lies ahead also. To get to the playoffs, you have to go 7-3 or 6-4. We want to get there and make some noise.''
Taylor said confronting the MSAC schedule is a double-edged sword.
"You can look at it both ways,'' he said. "Sure, with the competition you play, you do meet [the power teams], but if you drop one, you've got someone else the next week where you can make up some points. [Going] 10-0 went out the window the first week; now we're shooting for 9-1. If we win this one, it's a big, big help to get to the playoffs.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.