"They're known for their offense,'' Snyder said, "but that's a lot of points. We've got to figure out a way to slow them down.''
For the season, Hurricane averages about 45 points and allows 28. For Winfield, it's 27 to the good and 28 to the bad.
"We can score some points,'' Taylor said. "We do a pretty good job of that. It's just that right now, we're behind defensively, I guess. We've just had a little lull where we didn't tackle.
"You look at our last three games, we've had people in position [but] we just didn't make plays. It's something we work on every day. Either they miss or we have a brain lock. That happens when you coach 16- to 18-year-olds.''
Hurricane has gotten a boost from its running game since Zach Pate returned from missing a midseason game with an injury.
Pate has racked up five TDs in each of his last two games - he ran for 233 yards and five scores against GW and last week versus SA, ran for two TDs, caught a pair of scoring passes (one of 97 yards) and returned a kickoff 84 yards for another touchdown.
Winfield's ground game, by comparison, has dropped off in recent weeks. The Generals' top two rushers - Ethan Copeland and Jacob Lewis - have averaged a mere 29 and 22 yards per game, respectively, over the last four weeks.
Still, anything's possible when county rivals collide.
"They've dominated over us the last few years,'' Snyder said, "but we've got to forget about that. There's a lot of emotion to this game, and it's pretty unique. It's a crazy huge game [in each community] and everybody comes out to watch. You don't have to say a lot to get them fired up just because of the rivalry.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.