"Our defense has played well all year,'' he said. "Better than what I expected it to. The kids have bought into what we're doing.
"I think we've played against everything. We've played teams that threw the ball 30, 35 times to teams that didn't throw one pass the entire game and ran it right at you with two tight ends. Other teams spread the field on us. We've seen the I-[formation], wing-T and option - pretty much everything you can think of. In the preseason, we even saw the single wing [against Elkins].''
On offense, the Golden Tornado gets most of its yardage on the ground, like Scott.
Danny Fife leads Keyser with 1,042 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns and Blake Ravenscroft has added 925 yards and 11 scores. Of its 368 yards per game, Keyser averages 324 on the ground.
Keyser has gone 7-0 against West Virginia teams this year, including a 25-0 home victory against Bridgeport (8-2), the No. 3 seed in the AA playoffs. Its only loss came to Allegany, Md., 14-12.
If the Golden Tornado makes it past Scott, a rematch with Bridgeport could loom in the semifinals, but Kiser doesn't want his players getting ahead of themselves.
"Honestly, we haven't talked about that,'' Biser said. "It's a cliché, but coaches all say you've got to take it one week at a time. Even at our boosters meeting last week people were asking if we'll make it there [for a rematch with Bridgeport], and I said it's not even an option. I'm not even going to talk about it. Our focus is definitely on Scott. Any other games after this are not guaranteed.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.