Nitro -- The Wildcats, as they often do, have some skill talent. The problem isn't on the outside, however. Princeton's offensive and defensive fronts manhandled Nitro at the MSAC Grid, and unfortunately for Nitro, there's only one version of sophomore running back Brayden Underwood. Prediction: 2-8
Poca -- Junior Justin Stewart returns to the game after a one-year absence and takes over as the Dots' starting quarterback. Coach Bob Lemley says his team lacks game experience, and that's a tough thing to get in the Cardinal Conference and expect many wins at the same time. Prediction: 2-8
Riverside -- The Warriors have some big boys up front, and undersized running back Will Jackson looks sharp, but there's not much depth. If first-year Coach Steven Freeman can develop more of a passing game with quarterback Cole Sigman, they'll be moving in the right direction. Their schedule does not allow for much of a learning curve, however. Prediction: 3-7
Sissonville -- It's Year 3 for Coach Eddie Smolder, and he has 80 percent of his offensive line back from 2012 to pave the way for QB Nathan Miller and a host of running backs. The Indians should again challenge for a playoff spot, with their experience getting them in the door for the first time since 2007. Prediction: 6-4
South Charleston -- High-quality athleticism at the skill positions can mask a team's weakness on the offensive line. First-year SC Coach Donnie Mays will benefit from that fact as he continues to work on the Black Eagles' front. There's no shortage of weapons at Mays' disposal, with QB Kentre Grier, All-State WR Kevin Forrest and junior RB A.D. Cunningham just the tip of the iceberg. Prediction: 7-3
St. Albans -- The Red Dragons are still attempting to identify their starting quarterback, which is something that has actually carried over from Coach Steve Stoffel Jr.'s first season, in 2012. SA's best attribute will be its secondary, but wins will come at a premium. Prediction: 2-8
Winfield -- The Generals are better equipped for a run at playoff spot than they've been since moving to Class AAA in 2008. Toby Show has improved as a passer, Colt Richardson and Jacob Lewis are capable backs behind an improved line and Chris Turner is one of the better receivers in the state. The schedule is prohibitive. Winfield could be better than several teams that make the playoff field, but will likely miss out again themselves. Prediction: 5-5
With so many new names in key positions all over the valley and state, the 2013 season shapes up to be as any in the last several years. Thursday can't come soon enough.
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