"I think they're mature enough,'' Walker said. "They live to play. We know that Cabell Midland has a great team - they're undefeated and they're the No. 1 team in the state.
"I think once they got through that [GW] game, and they found out who they were going to play [in the finals], all that was taken care of. The kids started to focus on Cabell Midland. They understand they've got their work cut out for them. We're going against a great team, and it's a great task.''
Some of the state's top players will be on display at Island Stadium today, including Clinton, who's made a late-season run at stealing Switzer's Kennedy glory, and a pair of Division I recruits for Martinsburg - lineman Eugene German (Charlotte) and receiver Cedric Brown (Ohio).
For Midland, running back David Gaydosz owns more than 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground, and right tackle Josh Baisden is a returning first-team all-state lineman.
Salmons, whose staff has employed a fairly strict two-platoon system much of the season - with athletes not playing both ways in order to keep them fresh - said all bets are off on that policy today. Gaydosz may join Kasey Thomas and Stephen Matthews at times in the secondary.
"We want to leave it all out there,'' Salmons said, "and do whatever we've got to do.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
AAA: BY THE NUMBERS
No. 1 Cabell Midland (13-0) vs. No. 2 Martinsburg (12-1)
Noon today Wheeling Island Stadium