"We made mistakes there in the second half, and we were down to our No. 4 guard on offense, which made it impossible to keep their defensive line from getting pressure on us," Mays said. "But we've got a week to rest up and get people healthy, and we intend to put up a fight in the playoffs.
"I think we're a team to be reckoned with."
Seals agreed, saying SC is a team he does not want to see again in 2013.
"You don't see teams that have the speed to get to the corner on us very often. Usually we're the team that can do that, and South Charleston has as much athleticism as any team I've seen," Seals said.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON decided to rest senior running back Draven Riffe for another week after his ankle injury, and now the Patriots (8-1) have a new leading scorer.
Senior Jacob Jackson danced all over visiting Ripley (2-7) on Friday night, to the tune of 324 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jackson has 1,219 rushing yards on the season, to Riffe's 1,379.
However, Jackson - who moved to running back from his spot at wide receiver after Riffe hurt his ankle against Hurricane - has scored 20 total touchdowns to Riffe's 19, giving Jackson a team-leading 120 points.
The Patriots have two 1,000-yard backs for the first time since 2008. That year, Greg Jones finished with 1,222 yards and eight touchdowns while Felix Mollett ran for 1,185 yards and 11 TDs.
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CAPITAL RUNNING backs Kashuan Haley and James Richmond appear to have switched roles, if the Cougars' 39-8 rout of Hurricane (5-4) was any indicator.
Haley made a name for himself in 2012 as one of the state's top return men and special teams players, scoring six touchdowns on returns of punts, kickoffs and interceptions. Meanwhile, Richmond was Capital's leading rusher, and finished with 1,004 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Richmond left the team for a short period of time this season after the death of his father, former DuPont High School and West Virginia State College standout Jamie Richmond. In Richmond's absence Haley emerged as the Cougars' primary ball carrier. He ranks among state leaders with 1,057 yards and 15 TDs on 136 carries.
Friday night, though, it was Richmond's turn to provide the big play. With Capital leading 16-0 in the second quarter, Hurricane capped off a drive with a 19-yard scoring pass from Austin Hensley to Zach Pate, cutting the score to 16-8.
On the ensuing kickoff Richmond returned Brian Hughes' kick to the Redskins' 38. Taking momentum from the big play, Tyrhee Pratt soon found freshman Silas Nazario for a 16-yard touchdown that swung momentum back in Capital's favor. The Cougars, ranked third in this week's Daily Mail Class AAA Poll, never let up afterward.
Capital (8-1) plays at rival George Washington on Friday night. Hurricane, meanwhile, must win at Spring Valley (7-2) this week to secure a playoff berth.