Like Capital, Musselman features a diverse offense with several dangerous skill-position players, led by quarterback Caleb Dombeck, who has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,944 yards and 25 TDs with just seven interceptions.
Josh Ferguson (1,067 yards, 14 TDs) is the lead running back, posting similar numbers to last year when he rushed for 1,028 yards and 18 scores. Maverick Keller has added 547 yards and six TDs on the ground this season.
The top receivers are Darren Zombro (38 catches, 618 yards, nine TDs) and Trevon Wesco (33 catches, 852 yards, 11 TDs).
"They're balanced, just like the stats say,'' said Capital coach Jon Carpenter, who traded tapes of all 10 regular-season games with the Applemen.
"They're athletic and just as good as most of the teams we play. You'd like to draw somebody [not as strong] in the first round, but we didn't.''
With only three real heavy days of preparation for an unfamiliar opponent, Carpenter was asked if he's spending more time getting ready for what Musselman might throw at his Cougars, or if he's working more with his own players and getting them right for the playoffs.
"As coaches, you spend time trying to figure [the opponent] out,'' Carpenter said. "But that comes more at the end of the week. I don't know if it's smart or not, but our idea has always been to prepare ourselves. The X's and O's part of it is overrated. Investing time to work all week with our kids is more important than the other stuff.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.