"In 2007, Coach Messinger, myself and (assistant coach) Mike Sauvageot were looking out at the practice field, and I told Mess that before I quit, I want to make sure we play up here," Mays said. "It took a lot of hard work by a lot of different people to make it happen."
In other games tonight:
Nitro (1-0) at Hurricane (0-1) - Few could have figured it would be the Wildcats to emerge from Week 1 games played by these teams with one of the week's offensive stars. Sophomore running back Brayden Underwood ran for 226 yards and four touchdowns in Nitro's rout of Class AA rival Poca. Meanwhile, both Hurricane senior standouts - quarterback Austin Hensley and running back Zach Pate - had off nights in a 23-8 loss to Class AAA No. 5 Huntington.
The time could be right for a return to balance, if 2012's game between the two is any indicator. A year ago, Pate ran for 252 yards, hauled in four passes for 153 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 51-21 Hurricane rout.
Class AAA No. 4 Cabell Midland (1-0) at Winfield (1-0) - The Knights rolled to more than 600 yards rushing in a Week 1 rout of Riverside while Winfield senior QB Toby Show topped all Class AAA passers with 276 yards in a 42-19 win over Woodrow Wilson.
The key to Winfield's success this season might be its diversity of offensive weaponry. At the same time, Midland had seven different players rush for at least 50 yards in its win, led by Kasey Thomas' 156 yards.
Liberty-Raleigh (0-1) at Sissonville (1-0) - The Indians got 105 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns from Jared Wilkinson last week in a surprisingly easy road win at Chapmanville. Tonight, the Raiders come to town fresh off a 44-16 drubbing at the hands of Westside.
Sissonville is looking to open the season with consecutive wins for the second consecutive season.
Buffalo (0-1) at Class AA No. 10 River View (1-0) - Bison sophomore Ty Smith will take over at quarterback in the absence of injured starter Austin Hensley. Bradshaw might be a hard place to make a debut for Smith, as the Raiders are gearing for their fourth playoff appearance in as many seasons of existence. Hard-nosed running back Jordan Wilson led River View with 135 rushing yards in a win over rival Mount View last week.
Lincoln County (0-1) at Scott (0-1) - The teams lost openers in wildly differing fashions, with Lincoln County sustaining a drilling at the hands of Point Pleasant. Scott, meanwhile, watched as Herbert Hoover overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to win in Falling Rock. Scott QB Cody Brown led all Class AA quarterbacks in Week 1 with 240 passing yards.
In other area games, George Washington (1-0) is at Ashland Paul Blazer, Ky. (1-1), Capital (0-0) plays host to Riverside (0-1), Nicholas County (0-1) is at Poca (0-1) and Chapmanville (0-1) is at Herbert Hoover (1-0).
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