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High school football: Winfield standout Lewis adjusts to being ‘workhorse’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Point Pleasant coaching staff can glean a lot about Winfield's offensive attack from simply scanning Winfield's box score from last week.

There, under individual statistics and rushing, are these gaudy numbers: 34-229. The former represents how many times Winfield senior running back Seth Lewis carried the ball in a comeback overtime win against Riverside. The latter, of course, is his yardage.

Lewis also had two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. He's now the high school football area leader in rushing attempts (105), and his 30-plus carry night might not be an outlier.

"Seth is a workhorse," first-year Winfield Coach Craig Snyder said. "That's Seth and he's going to keep getting a lot of carries and a lot of yards.

"I'm sure he's tired on Saturday morning, but I'll give him 30 carries the next game, too."

That next game is tonight when the Daily Mail's ninth-ranked Class AAA team, Point Pleasant (3-0), travels to Winfield (2-2). Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Lewis, who was thrust into a starring role after an offseason transfer and an injury cleared the depth chart ahead of him, is third in the area in rushing yards with 535. He is ahead of David Gaydosz (422), who transferred from Winfield to Cabell Midland in June.

Lewis politely declined to talk of the summer defection.

"We have a one-back offense and with other people getting hurt and stuff, I kind of knew I'd have to carry the load," Lewis said. "I'm definitely tired. Saturday mornings, I can barely walk."

Lewis has a Saturday routine that includes breakfast, copious amounts of water and a day of rest. That's convenient because he can kick back and watch college football while the previous night's bumps and bruises mend.

Against Riverside, Lewis had 20 carries after halftime, including four in overtime. Winfield had stopped Riverside to begin the extra session, so the Generals were conservative and fed the ball to Lewis on four of five play calls.

It didn't seem to matter that the Warriors knew who was going to come barreling through the gaps.

When Gaydosz transferred and Colt Richardson was lost to a knee injury, Snyder knew on whom he could lean.

"I've got Seth and Seth has always been good, so no matter who I would've had this year I would've fed Seth the ball," Snyder said. "He's the type of kid you want to have the ball in his hands."

In other games (ranking reflects Daily Mail poll voting):

Class AAA No. 3 George Washington (3-1) at Princeton (0-4) - After an emotional week that saw the death of freshman Drew Morton, the Patriots go on the road to face a hapless Princeton team that has given up an average of 47 points per game. GW senior running back Ryan Switzer is back near the top of the area rushing leaders after missing nearly the entirety of the Patriots' first two games. Switzer has 567 yards and six touchdowns on 42 carries.

Class AA No. 1 Wayne (3-0) at No. 8 Sissonville (2-1) - Fresh off its record-breaking scoring night in an 84-42 win at Ravenswood, Wayne visits Joe Sawyers Field tonight in the only area game featuring two ranked teams.

The Pioneers are led by senior running back Brandon Spurlock's 375 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 carries. Spurlock has not carried the ball once in the second half of a game this season.

Sissonville senior Trent Stowers is expected to play tonight after leaving last week's loss to Scott with an injury late in the game. Stowers has 367 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries.

Class AA No. 6 Scott (4-0) at Poca (2-2) - The trio of ball-carriers Robert Bias (492 yards), Cameron Loftus (375) and Tristan Crone (269) has the Skyhawks at the top of the SSAC playoff ratings. They visit O.O. White Stadium tonight to face a Poca team that dropped a double-overtime loss at Chapmanville last week when leading rusher T.T. Loudin was held out of the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Gilmer County (1-3) at Class A No. 5 Buffalo (2-1) - The Bison scored a big win on the road last week by beating Greenbrier West, and return home to face a Titans team whose only win is a rout of winless Paden City.

Lincoln County (0-4) at Nitro (1-3) - Nitro ended an 18-game losing streak last week against rival St. Albans. Lincoln County enters tonight's game having only scored 28 points in four games, and has been shut out in its last two outings.

Parkersburg (2-2) at St. Albans (0-4) - The Red Dragons, like Poca, were kept from a win last week on the final play of a game. Parkersburg has been hit-and-miss so far this season, and this could be another high-scoring affair. The Big Reds give up an average of 37 points per game. St. Albans is giving up 47.5.

Lewis County (2-2) at Herbert Hoover (0-4) - The Minutemen added this game to their schedule after Big 10 Conference rival Bridgeport dropped to Class AA, replacing the third-ranked Indians. Hoover continues to struggle in 2012, dropping a 46-7 loss at Tolsia last week.

Other area games include Class AAA No. 2 Cabell Midland (4-0) at No. 4 Huntington (4-0), Clay County (1-3) at Nicholas County (2-2), Ripley (2-2) at Beckley (3-1), Williamstown (2-2) at Class AA No. 9 Ravenswood (2-1), Roane County (2-2) at Braxton County (2-2), Van (1-2) at Midland Trail (2-2), Sherman (1-3) at Liberty-Raleigh (3-1), Fayetteville (0-4) at Valley-Fayette (3-0) and Chapmanville (2-2) at Logan (3-1).


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