"I'm still not happy,'' said Hurricane coach Jeremy Taylor. "I've got to smile a little bit. It's a heck of a lot better than losing.
"I still feel we're behind where we want the offense to be. I really think we've got a ways to go. I'll never be satisfied until we're playing in December. I'm kind of hard to please. My wife probably hates me. I come home mad every night.''
The Redskins are still a team in transition after losing top wideout Coy Turner, who moved out of state, and another playmaker on offense who wasn't eligible for the season.
"Those are two big weapons,'' Taylor said. "So now we're trying to develop those other weapons. A couple of basketball players, [Henry] Sorsaia and [Brandon] Ford, they did a good job catching the ball. I thought Wolford looked good coming over the middle.''
After overwhelming Class AA rival Poca 41-22 last week, Nitro ran into a brick wall against Hurricane. The Wildcats managed just 62 yards at halftime and finished with two turnovers.
Nitro coach Derek Midkiff sat out the second game of a two-game suspension to begin the season. He was ejected in the final game of the 2012 season against Riverside and was suspended for the first two games of this year.
"[Hurricane's] passing game is a thing of beauty,'' said Nitro interim coach Bryce Casto, the former South Charleston coach who has filled in during Midkiff's suspension. "They've got weapons. They did a nice job of spreading the field.
"They were hitting on all cylinders. We had trouble sustaining anything on offense. They were winning in the trenches on both sides. I was real pleased with Austin Banks [58 yards rushing in the second half and scored the lone TD]. I thought he played with some heart. Tyler Barton did a good job leading us through adversity.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.