"I think we can do a little bit more,'' Edwards said. "We didn't do a whole lot [in Saturday's 54-17 win over Parkersburg]. We didn't have much practice this week, live everybody else.
"We kept it real simple. We did some things we felt we could do, and did them pretty well. Hopefully, we can get a little bit better at doing that.''
Looking out for No. 1
For much of the season, Cabell Midland has been fixed squarely in the bull's eye of Class AAA.
The Knights, who posted the school's first-ever 10-0 season, have been ranked No. 1 for weeks and enter the playoffs as the only remaining AAA unbeaten in West Virginia.
But if the pressure's been building in Ona, you'd never know it, according to second-year coach Luke Salmons.
"We've been doing good with that,'' said Salmons, whose team drew Oak Hill for a Friday date in the first round of the playoffs. "Every week, it's kind of an extra job for the coaches to keep them focused on what we want to do, and they've proven all year long that they've done a good job with that.''
Half of Midland's wins have come by 35 or more points, and seldom have the Knights been tested by the time the fourth quarter rolls around.
"[Being No. 1], that's not really important,'' Salmons said. "We can enjoy everything when it's over. Each and every week, we've got to keep pushing as coaches and players.
"We lift three, four days a week and they get after it in the weight room. It almost seems like summertime they work out so hard. They're motivated and energetic. It's not like it's toward the end [of the season], even from a coaching standpoint. We're eager and anticipating and hungry. We've got 90 kids, and they're upbeat. They're high-fiving each other like when we're making plays, and it's exciting to me. To be in this spot after 10 weeks and to be motivated and hungry the way they are, it's great to me.''
Ask Woodrow Wilson coach John H. Lilly what the difference is for his program the past two seasons (in which it secured Class AAA playoff berths) from those previous, and he doesn't hesitate to answer.
"Experience,'' he said.
The Flying Eagles went five seasons without a postseason spot (2006-10) before making the grade last year and this year. Like last year, they're headed to Martinsburg - the two-time defending champ - for the first round.
"The biggest thing,'' Lilly said, "is that offensively we've got quite a few seniors, quite a few kids who have played in those battles in the MSAC week in and week out. You really don't have time to feel sorry for yourself in order to do this and play that schedule and be successful. You have to bring you're A-game every single time you step to the plate.
"It's like the SEC of high school football in the state. It kind of is. Capital gets a big win against GW, then has to turn around and play Woodrow. We get a big win over Parkersburg, and have to go play Riverside. It's a tough challenge. It's fun for the kids, but as coaches you've got to learn to manage that a little bit.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.