CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One of these days, Winfield is going to beat a team it's not supposed to beat, and coach Craig Snyder hopes that's tonight at Spring Valley.
The Generals (2-2) are lurking on the edge of Class AAA playoff contention, and with games down the stretch against the No. 17 Timberwolves (3-2), No. 15 South Charleston, No. 18 Hurricane and No. 1 Huntington, they badly need a signature win.
"The nice thing,'' Snyder said, "is that we play these kinds of games and they give us opportunities with bonus points and all that.
"Spring Valley is big and physical and their two losses were to Huntington and South Charleston. They just remind me of what they were last year, and I know their philosophy - they'll challenge you at the line of scrimmage and if you don't stop it, they'll keep running at you.''
The Wolves blasted Winfield 41-7 last season, rolling up 571 net yards and forcing four turnovers. Snyder said it was Spring Valley's unexpected strategy at the outset that sparked the runaway.
"Last year, they came out and threw the ball on us,'' he said, "and that's how they hurt us early. We were prepared to cover their receivers, but they made plays in the passing game. Then they started running the ball.
"We're going to have to play good defense to win. I thought we did that last week [in a 21-7 loss at Point Pleasant]. Our defensive effort was great. Our offensive execution failed us. We cannot turn the ball over against a good team like Spring Valley. We've got to establish an offensive rhythm.''
Quarterback Tyler Brown has thrown for 278 yards for the Wolves and leads the team with five touchdown runs. Toby Show has thrown for 571 yards and five TDs for the Generals.
Last year, GW rang up 463 rushing yards in a 61-11 victory over Princeton, which played without leading rusher Tahj Sho-Johnson, who was injured.
"It wasn't the plan,'' said SC coach Donnie Mays. "We were having trouble seeing through the line; they were letting people through. Kentre was telling me he felt pressured a lot of times and he couldn't see over them, so that put us into some wider throws and stuff like that.''