CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Without a doubt, Sissonville has been riding high with its 3-0 start and No. 2 ranking in the Class AA playoff ratings.
However, coach Eddie Smolder doesn't want his Indians to lose their focus, not with a possible trap game awaiting them tonight in Madison.
Sissonville visits Scott (1-2) at 7:30 in a Cardinal Conference rivalry that's been one-sided in favor of the Skyhawks. The teams have met each of the last three seasons, with Scott taking wins of 27-18 (in 2012), 50-31 and 45-24.
Smolder knows that, and also realizes that Scott is very capable despite two close losses. The Skyhawks, playoff quarterfinalists a year ago, crank out better than 31 points per game and their two setbacks came to conference foes Herbert Hoover (40-35) and Chapmanville (20-13).
"We take every game on our schedule as our most important game,'' Smolder said. "This is our most important game because it's our next game. We don't look down the road. We don't look at [opponents'] wins and losses. We're only guaranteed seven more games, so we take each game like it's our last game.''
The Indians have been doing most of their damage on the ground, rolling up 355 yards per game, led by Dominic Walker (379 yards, seven touchdowns) and Jared Wilkinson (225 yards, three TDs). Nathan Miller, a converted receiver, has added 318 yards and six TDs passing, hitting on 56 percent of his throws.
Scott counters with running back Cameron Loftus (306 yards, six TDs) and second-year quarterback Cody Brown (454 yards, three TDs). Brown has attempted 70 passes already after throwing just 99 in 12 games last season.
Smolder thinks his team is mature enough to handle the spotlight that's bound to follow its quick start.
"We have great leaders on our football team right now,'' he said. "They know 3-0 is not going to get us to the playoffs. We've got our goals set, and the kids won't settle for anything less than getting better each day.''
Kashuan Haley, Capital's top rusher with 252 yards and three TDs, is expected to play after missing the end of last week's game with leg cramps. Parkersburg leans on the arm of QB Aaron Roberts (329 yards, two TDs).
Midland has four players with at least 214 yards rushing, including Donte Hendricks, who played at Huntington last fall. The Highlanders have allowed just 14 points in three games. Most telling: In their combined six other games, Huntington's three opponents so far average 44.7 points.