Riverside (0-1) at Capital (0-0): Last week, the Warriors were done in by the thunder of Cabell Midland. This week, it's the lightning of the Cougars' young-but-experienced skill-position players that figures to test Riverside.
The Warriors managed only 35 net yards and turned the ball over four times in Week 1. Debuting Capital is expected to be a top playoff contender in Class AAA with players such as quarterback Tyrhee Pratt, running backs Kashuan Haley and James Richmond and receivers Tyrell Davis and Cliff Pratt.
Nitro (1-0) at Hurricane (0-1): The Wildcats won their first opener since 2008 with last week's 41-22 victory against Poca, but the stakes get a little higher tonight against the Redskins.
Hurricane has won the last two games in this series by large margins, 51-21 last year and 78-12 in 2011. The Redskins were held to 181 net yards and suffered three turnovers in a 23-8 loss to Huntington last week.
Liberty Raleigh (0-1) at Sissonville (1-0): The Indians glided through their opener, a 40-22 win at Chapmanville in which they led 21-0 at halftime. Jared Wilkinson ran for 105 yards and two TDs.
The Raiders' defense was ravaged in a 44-16 loss to Westside last week, allowing 323 yards rushing and 469 overall.
Chapmanville (0-1) at Herbert Hoover (1-0): The Huskies, fresh off a stirring 40-35 comeback win against Scott - their first season-opening triumph since 2006 - get a chance to go to 2-0.
Shaun Dotson ran for 174 yards and three TDs and caught more than 100 yards in passes with a scoring reception for Hoover. Tigers' QB Alex Berry hit on 14 of 21 passes in a loss to Sissonville for 134 yards and two TDs.
Nicholas County (0-1) at Poca (0-1): Offense was the problem last week for the Grizzlies, who managed just 156 yards and had three turnovers in a 6-0 loss to Greenbrier West.
Meanwhile, defense was the difficulty for the Dots, who allowed 367 yards in a 41-22 loss to Nitro, including 234 yards rushing to Brayden Underwood.
Buffalo (0-1) at River View (1-0): The Bison have been hard hit by injuries already, with starting quarterback Austin Hensley (shoulder) and experienced receiver Gabe Garrison (knee) knocked out in the first quarter of a 42-12 setback to Parkersburg Catholic. Top returning rusher and receiver Laythen Good was lost to a knee injury in June.
"This is my 30th year coaching,'' said Buffalo's Mike Sawyer, "and I think I've seen it all. But you've got to get somebody else in there. You've got to keep coaching.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.