SC quarterback Kentre Grier, who has thrown for 1,756 yards and 23 touchdowns, had season lows in completions (eight) and attempts (15) in last week's 48-19 win at Riverside, played in slippery, sloppy conditions. Most of his completions were short tosses to receivers in the flat that gained big yards - when they weren't dropped outright.
"I think the issue the other night was that it was muddy, and not necessarily rain,'' Mays said. "But at Huntington, we'll be playing on turf. It's a beautiful field and a fast surface. Rain or shine, it's not going to change how we call our plays. You use what works, and we'll see if we can get anything going against Huntington and what works, you stick with.''
It helps that the Black Eagles also have senior A.D. Cunningham to lug the ball when the conditions aren't conducive to throwing. Cunningham ran for a career-best 222 yards and scored three TDs at Riverside.
"He can do that every week if he gets the ball 20, 25 times,'' Seals said of Cunningham. "He's a good running back. They're definitely a team that's going to challenge us on both sides of the ball and special teams because, quite frankly, they can match us with athletes.
"They're definitely a team similar to Capital, They cover the entire field with athletes and have athletes out on the edge at the receiver positions.''
Huntington prefers to advance the ball on the ground, cranking out 324 yards per game with its running backs, led by the trio of Paden Christian (729 yards, 11 TDs), Nick Tubbs (669 yards, eight TDs) and Charles Crawford (645 yards, eight TDs).
Christian, a fullback, earlier this season became the career rushing leader at the consolidated school.
The teams haven't met since 2010, a 44-7 SC win.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.