Another top tussle on this week's card finds Hurricane (5-3) against Capital (7-1) at Laidley Field.
While the Cougars have already locked up a playoff spot with their seven wins, the Redskins find themselves on the doorstep with five victories and road games left against last week's No. 4 (Capital) and No. 12 (Spring Valley) teams in the Class AAA ratings.
That's the bad news for Hurricane. The good news is that five teams ranked between No. 8 and No. 18 lost last Friday, which could bump the Redskins into the top 16, which is the amount of teams advancing to the postseason.
There used to be no tougher opponent for Hurricane than Capital, but that has recently changed.
After Capital opened in the fall of 1989, it claimed seven of the first nine meetings between the schools, with five of those victories coming by 21-plus points. However, the Redskins have now won two straight in the series, including last year in dramatic fashion.
Trailing 20-17, Hurricane took over at its own 20 with 5:13 remaining and moved the ball 80 yards in 15 plays, converting a fourth-and-6 at its own 24 and a third-and-9 from its own 42.
Quarterback Austin Hensley capped the drive on a 1-yard touchdown run with nine seconds left, giving the Skins a 23-20 win.
Hensley played a nifty game that night, hitting on 25 of 37 passes for 204 yards and one TD and running for 51 yards and the winning score.
There was no doubting Thomas in Morgantown's victory Friday night. Only this time, it wasn't Chazzy Thomas.
DaShon Thomas, a sophomore running back subbing for Kennedy Award contender Chazzy Thomas, led the Mohigans with 152 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in a 21-7 win against John Marshall.
Chazzy Thomas, who sat out the game with an ankle injury, is expected to return for Friday's Mohawk Bowl, a showdown with crosstown rival University, a fellow top-10 team.
Wheeling Park did a favor for all West Virginia teams when it knocked off Ohio power Steubenville 42-22 on Friday.
Steubenville, a three-time playoff champion, had won 39 straight games against West Virginia opponents, mainly Northern Panhandle schools such as Park, Weir and Brooke.
The Patriots' past had been more miserable than most against the Big Red, going 0-12 in previous meetings and scoring a total of 30 points in those dozen games.
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