Top-rated Scott continues its barnstorming tour of the Kanawha Valley tonight when it rumbles into Poca.
The Skyhawks (4-0), ranked No. 1 in the Class AA playoff list, hit the road to face all three Kanawha Valley AA rivals this season. Last week, they dispatched Sissonville 27-18 and have an upcoming visit to Herbert Hoover on Oct. 12.
Scott prefers to punish opponents with a rushing attack that averages 350 yards and operates behind a line that features four players weighing between 270 and 310 pounds.
"It's like a heavyweight throwing body blows,'' said Scott coach Shane Griffith. "When you've got that size of a line and running backs that trust it - we've got some skill back there and these guys can play. But they're playing within the boundaries of this program and what we're trying to ask them to do.''
The Dots (2-2), meanwhile, try to shrug off the hangover of last week's agonizing 34-33 overtime loss at Chapmanville, a game in which they led 27-7 with three minutes left in the third quarter.
"I've never been more disappointed in my life,'' said Poca coach Bob Lemley. "I've had some losses before, but this one just about took the cake. We fumbled twice and they got an onside kick. Still, they had to go 90 yards in two minutes [to force OT].
"We need more depth. We play well for three quarters, but somehow we're struggling in that fourth quarter. That one hurt us a little bit, and it was kind of a tough weekend.''Gilmer County (1-3) at Buffalo (2-1): The Bison picked up a significant and perhaps signature win last week, going on the road to knock off unbeaten Greenbrier West, the No. 1 team in Class A.
"We needed to win that game,'' said Bison coach Mike Sawyer. "At the start of the year, it was either that one or Poca - and we'd already lost to Poca. We didn't want to start out 1-2. The kids came out and played, and I couldn't be more proud of them.
"We're used to traveling a lot. Most of our road games are about two hours every trip. We get a charter bus to make it as comfortable for them as we can on those long trips.''
Tonight the Bison face a Titans team that sprang to life last week with a 50-8 blasting of Paden City. They'd started the season 0-3 and averaged just 12 points.
In other games tonight involving Kanawha Valley teams:Capital (3-0) vs. South Charleston (1-3) at Laidley Field: The game was moved from Oakes Field in SC because of problems with the lighting. The Cougars won last year 28-6, holding Black Eagles QB Jon Alexander to his worst effort of the season - 1 of 8 for 5 yards with three interceptions.George Washington (3-1) at Princeton (0-4): GW plays its first game since freshman lineman Drew Morton died in an auto accident on Sunday. Princeton was the lone team to hold Patriots standout Ryan Switzer under 126 yards rushing last year, allowing just 58 on 19 carries in a 20-8 setback to GW.Cabell Midland (4-0) at Huntington (4-0): A highly anticipated clash between unbeaten teams tied for No. 1 in AAA. The Knights won 31-30 in overtime last year, driving 84 yards in the final two minutes to tie it up and force OT.Point Pleasant (3-0) at Winfield (2-2): Look who's tied for the 16th and final playoff spot in AAA - the surprising Generals. They face a Big Blacks defense that has permitted just two total TDs in three games.Parkersburg (2-2) at St. Albans (0-4): This one should feature some offense, as the Red Dragons average 420 net yards and the Big Reds allow 441 per game. Parkersburg won 29-7 last year.Lincoln County (0-4) at Nitro (1-3): After snapping their 18-game losing streak last week against SA, the Wildcats hope to build a win streak. They were pummeled by the Panthers last year 66-22 as Lincoln County ran for nearly 500 yards.Lewis County (2-2) at Herbert Hoover (0-4): The Huskies, losers of eight straight, have scored a total of two TDs in their last two games. They face a Minuteman team whose only two losses have come to AAA unbeatens University and Point Pleasant.Fayetteville (0-4) at Valley (3-0): The Class A No. 2 Greyhounds prefer to run the ball, but also flash a big-play passing game. Their 10 completions so far have covered 15, 18, 18, 19, 21, 30, 31, 31, 31 and 49 yards - 26.3 per completion.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
All games at 7:30 p.m. Capital (3-0) vs. South Charleston (1-3) at Laidley Field George Washington (3-1) at Princeton (0-4) Lincoln County (0-4) at Nitro (1-3) Point Pleasant (3-0) at Winfield (2-2) Parkersburg (2-2) at St. Albans (0-4) Scott (4-0) at Poca (2-2) Lewis County (2-2) at Herbert Hoover (0-4) Wayne (3-0) at Sissonville (2-1) Gilmer County (1-3) at Buffalo (2-1) Ripley (2-2) at Woodrow Wilson (3-1) Cabell Midland (4-0) at Huntington (4-0) Chapmanville (2-2) at Logan (3-1) University (4-0) at Parkersburg South (3-1) Clay County (1-3) at Nicholas County (2-2) Williamstown (2-2) at Ravenswood (2-1) Fayetteville (0-4) at Valley (3-0) Man (1-3) at Mingo Central (2-1) Roane County (2-2) at Braxton County (2-2) Tolsia (2-2) at Tug Valley (3-1) Sherman (1-3) at Liberty Raleigh (3-1) Van (1-2) at Midland Trail (2-2) Wahama (4-0) at Waterford, Ohio (1-3)