If South Charleston is going to lean on its offense, coach John Messinger would like it to be a little less one-dimensional.
And there's no better place to start than tonight's game at hard-luck Spring Valley, which despite losing its first two games has flexed some defensive muscle.
The Black Eagles (1-1) feature the top passer in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, junior Jon Alexander, who's thrown for 632 yards and six touchdowns in a loss to George Washington (36-24) and a win over Riverside (56-33).
However, SC's running attack has lagged behind, and Messinger knows he's going to need some production there tonight.
"We're firing maybe on six cylinders,'' Messinger said, "and if we're running the ball, we get the other two cylinders firing. We're getting a lot of things done with [the passing game] and our offense is productive, but we've got to get better running the ball.
"Going into the season, I felt like our offensive line had the potential to be one of the better ones we've had, but I just want to see us get a little more consistent with the run. Ideally, you'd like it to be 50-50 [pass vs. run], but if we get somewhere around 60-40, it's close to what we're looking for.''
The Timberwolves could present the sternest test on defense SC has seen so far. They've held a pair of Class AAA powers to less than 20 points per game, losing to Cabell Midland (21-13) and Huntington (17-0).
In their other games, the Knights put 49 points on Parkersburg and the Highlanders 63 on Lincoln County.
In tonight's other games involving Kanawha Valley teams:
Switzer ran for 223 yards and three TDs in last year's 42-7 win against SA, and quarterback Trevor Bell was 5 of 6 for 196 yards and three scores.