CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Only five Kanawha Valley teams produced victories on the opening weekend of the season.
Some results weren't exactly surprises - George Washington shaded South Charleston 34-27, its fourth consecutive win over the Black Eagles, and Sissonville beat Chapmanville for a second straight time.
There were, however, a few pleasant surprises in Week 1 for teams that haven't experienced a lot of success lately:
The Generals hadn't tasted victory on opening night since a 17-16 verdict against Hurricane in 2009, but coach Craig Snyder said his team felt confident before last Friday's contest.
"It may have been an upset to other people,'' he said, "but not to our guys as much.
"Based on what we saw of Beckley on film, we thought we had a good chance to win, but that's no knock on Beckley. We respect their football program. We just felt like we could throw the ball and we also felt we could run the ball, and I think we showed we were able to do a little bit of both.''
Toby Show threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns for Winfield, and Ethan Copeland ran for 154 yards and three scores.
The Generals, who haven't earned a playoff berth since 2005, would like to keep the roll going. However, they line up this week against Cabell Midland, last year's AAA runner-up.