CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As talent abounds, victories elude South Charleston (1-3), though the Black Eagles continue to work tirelessly toward their playoff dreams.
South Charleston suffered a 28-13 loss Friday at then Class AAA No. 1 Cabell Midland. Now, in Week 5, the task isn't any easier as the Black Eagles host undefeated Capital (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
"We're going to start running out of opportunities," SC Coach John Messinger said. "If we're going to be a playoff football team, we're going to have to get something going and get it going quick."
Despite the losses, SC boasts some of the most talented athletes in the Kanawha Valley.
Junior quarterback Jon Alexander took the field against the Knights as the area's top passer with 850 yards.
The receiving corps has several dependable options in Kevin Forrest, Marquel Hampton and Trevond Reese, while A.D. Cunningham and Ken Haynes provide the spark in the backfield.
That talent needs to continue to excel and improve if SC wishes to make a playoff push. The schedule should provide that opportunity.
Beyond Capital, the Black Eagles close the regular season with St. Albans (0-4), Lincoln County (0-4), Nitro (1-3), Ripley (2-2) and Parkersburg (2-2).
Even with a sub-par record, it's not likely teams will overlook SC.
"In the offseason, that's the team we felt like was going to be the best on our schedule," Midland Coach Luke Salmons said of SC. "They had a lot of kids back, and I thought they were pretty good, close to being really good."
Against the Knights, Messinger said the Black Eagles struggled to pick up the blitz. In addition, SC must improve wrapping up the opposition's playmakers, Messinger said.