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MORGANTOWN running back Chazzy Thomas will miss the remainder of the season.
Thomas, a 5-foot-11, 179-pound junior who led the Mohigans with 1,503 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in the regular season, missed the team's regular-season finale and first-round playoff win over Point Pleasant after being injured in a win over University on Oct. 26.
"He had a broken and dislocated ankle, so he's done," Morgantown Coach John Bowers said.
The injury has yet to slow the Morgantown offense, which has scored 94 points in the two weeks since Thomas left the lineup. In fact, the loss has brought Bowers' offensive outlook full circle from 2011.
"Last year we had a bunch of backs and we spread the carries. This year, those carries were all going to Chazzy even though we've got a lot of guys still there that can take them," he said. "Against Brooke (in the regular season closer), Shane Commodore had a real good game and Alex Weidman's still there too."
Bowers said that the benefit is that the aforementioned backs - as well as senior fullback Jalen Thomas - have plenty of "tread left on the tires" for the playoff run.
Commodore ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns against Point Pleasant in a 49-28 win. Weidman added 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON Coach Steve Edwards Jr. didn't have any problem reciting the resume of his Lewis County counterpart, Eddie Vincent.
"Hey, he took Buckhannon to the playoffs a couple years and did real well," Edwards said. "He left, and look what Buckhannon's done since."
They've not done much. The Buccaneers have not won more than three games in a season since Vincent - a Fairmont native - was largely forced out of the position by Buckhannon purist boosters who wanted a native son as their team's coach in 2006.
Edwards said his team will face Lewis County at perhaps its most dangerous point in program history.
"I think they'll be loose. They're coming in as a lower seed, and I've been a lower seed, I know what that's like," Edwards said. "You're expected to win by your own people, the people who count. But the people who don't count don't expect you to win, and you kind of feed off that in an 'Us against the world' mentality.
"Then you get a little chip on your shoulder, and those are dangerous ball clubs to deal with, especially when they're good and they're well coached like they are."
Lewis County (9-2) lost to University 35-7 in the opening week of the regular season. The Minutemen went to Morgantown in the first round and handed the Hawks a 24-23 loss.