"We are fairly at playoff potential, but we have to fix fundamental errors and win the big games," Bowers said.
The Mohigans took a narrow loss (28-21) to three-time defending state champion Martinsburg on the road in Week 5. Although a close game, it was the kind of big game Bowers needs his Morgantown team to win in order to feel fully confident in taking home a state title.
Morgantown won championships in 1983, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005, with the last three being coached by Bowers. He was an assistant in 2000 under former coach Glen McNew, when Morgantown running back Mark Wigal won the Kennedy.
Thomas gives a lot of his successful praise to his offensive line, and Bowers admires that in this running back.
"He is one of the only kids to give credit to his line. He's incredibly humble, and works hard. Humbled hero as I say," Bowers said.
The coach said he also notices something incredibly special in Thomas particularly.
"He is up there if not beyond all the other star running backs I've coached. He works just as hard, but the way he runs is different," Bowers said. "He can hit full speed, find a hole, then change direction, and he's still at full speed.
"One reason being he is strong. He can hit back and use his velocity to rip through tackles. He is right up there with Chris Yura in my book."
Yura - another Kennedy winner from Morgantown - took home that trophy as a junior in 1997 before going on to play at Notre Dame.
Thomas and Morgantown continue their run through the regular season Friday, when they face Musselman (4-2) at home.