Park also had a workhorse running back in sophomore Savion Johnson, son of former Patriots Kennedy Award winner Daryl "Boogie'' Johnson. Savion Johnson has run for 1,101 yards and 14 TDs.
Zach Phillips, Park's QB, is more accurate than Grier, hitting on 62.4 percent of his attempts, and has thrown for 1,531 yards and 18 TDs against just two picks. Eric Banks (38 catches, 699 yards, seven TDs) and Chalmer Moffett (18 catches, 253 yards, three TDs) are his favorite receivers.
Moffett is also one of the Patriots' big disrupters on defense with 10 quarterback sacks.
"I think we're a little bit bigger and stronger than we have been in years past,'' Daugherty said. "Compared to the last two, three years, we're better on the line of scrimmage than we have been. That's probably the biggest change. We've always had some athletes, but up front they've done a real good job.''
Mays doesn't think the nearly three-hour trip to Wheeling Island Stadium - home of the Super Six state finals since 1994 - will affect his club negatively.
"The neat thing about it,'' Mays said, "is that we're able to go up there and we're able to show our young guys the field where the state championships are played, and be able to play on it. This stands out as an exciting opportunity for our kids.
"We've been real close in the three games [we've lost]. Our kids are ready to turn over that leaf and start something new. We're ready for a new start. Our younger guys want to win for our seniors, and our seniors just want to win.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.