South Charleston looking for better offensive balance vs. SV
The Red Dragons average 271 yards per game passing this year.
Buffalo (1-0) at Poca (1-1): Besides both teams harboring playoff hopes, there's a little more at stake in tonight's rivalry between Putnam County neighbors.
"The kids know each other,'' said Dots coach Bob Lemley, "and I'm sure they want to beat us about as bad as anybody on their schedule.
"It's kind of a funny thing, though, because [Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer] coached quite a few years at Poca Middle School and helped us on Friday nights at most ballgames. Some of the things he does down there are what we do. It's kind of like watching yourself practice whenever we see tapes on them. But he also does some other things we don't do.''
Cabell Midland (2-0) at Riverside (1-1): The Knights bank on their punishing ground game most nights, but they loosened it up last year against the Warriors, throwing for 199 yards and three TDs.
Riverside averages 227 yards rushing and 149 passing. Basketball standout Marcus Reed has caught three TD passes in two games.
Nitro (0-2) at Ripley (0-2): The Wildcats may not get a better chance to snap their three-year, 17-game losing streak.
Both teams can move the ball and score points: the Wildcats average 28 points and 405 yards, and the Vikings 21 points and 268 yards.
Winfield (1-1) at Huntington (2-0): The Generals proved troublesome for the Highlanders last year, leading at halftime and taking an 11-point advantage in the second half before Huntington rallied for a 34-24 win.
Herbert Hoover (0-2) at Wayne (1-0): Brandon Spurlock ran for 169 yards and two TDs last year as the Pioneers bagged a 50-14 win at Falling Rock.
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