CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A couple of Kanawha Valley teams will be looking out for No. 1 on Friday night.
George Washington has drawn a date at top-ranked Huntington in the Class AAA playoffs, while Sissonville is paired with No. 1 Wayne in AA.
Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday as the quarterfinals of the state high school football playoffs are contested around the state (see list, Page 2B).
One other Kanawha Valley school, Capital, has also reached the AAA quarterfinals and is set to host University at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Laidley Field.
Both GW and Sissonville will be facing tall tasks Friday against the top seeds in their respective classes.
GW coach Steve Edwards Jr., whose team was somewhat surprisingly taken to the limit by Oak Hill before pulling out a 21-14 overtime victory last Friday, admitted his team was worn out but pleased to still be playing.
"It does wear you out,'' he said of the OT verdict, "but I think it could motivate you. I'm looking forward to it motivating us. You'd better get motivated or you're not going to last long in this tournament, this single-elimination tournament. It's do or die every time you strap it on.
"If you could've been in those huddles right there near the end, you could see it in the kids' faces. I thought we were in better condition. Our conditioning really paid off in the end. Sometimes you've got to believe and want it as much as you believe in it, and I think the kids really did a nice job.''
Edwards didn't officially know his quarterfinal opponent late Friday, since Huntington advanced on Saturday afternoon with a 31-7 win against Lewis County. But he didn't want to think about facing the Mountain State Athletic Conference champ, for one day at least.
"We're just looking forward to playing whoever it is we're playing next week,'' Edwards said, "and trying to do the best we can. I'm happy for the kids. They get to at least live another day. That's what it's all about.''