CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If nothing else, at least one football team from Huntington or Morgantown will win a game this weekend.
While Marshall and West Virginia are battling for bowl eligibility in college football, Morgantown and Huntington will be fighting for their Class AAA playoff lives in high school football.
That's the situation as the No. 5 Mohigans make the 4-hour-plus trek to the home of the No. 4 Highlanders for a 7:30 kickoff in a quarterfinal matchup tonight.
Both teams sport a 9-2 record and both looked equally impressive in wins over No. 13 Elkins and No. 12 Point Pleasant, respectively, in the first round last week.
"It shows the character and integrity of our kids coming back from taking a butt whipping from Capital," Huntington coach Billy Seals said. "We played pretty well on Friday night. Our offense probably played as well as it has all year long."
Indeed, the Highlanders exploded in dispatching Elkins 69-32. Six different players found the end zone for Huntington and backs Charles Crawford (138 yards) and Nick Tubbs (102) each cleared the century mark in rushing.
"They're fast," Morgantown coach John Bowers explained. "Their four primary ball carriers are gifted. They do a very good job of running the option, getting the ball to the fullback on quick hitters, and they do a nice job getting their ball carriers into space and make you try to tackle. That's a challenge. We must gang tackle to the football."
The Highlanders are a run-by-committee offense as four different players enter tonight with over 500 yards rushing, led by Paden Christian with 773 yards and eight touchdowns and Mark Shaver with 627 yards and seven touchdowns.