CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro running back Brayden Underwood looks like he runs in slow motion, and that's not a knock on his lack of speed.
Even if he isn't very fast.
"Not at all," he said.
His style is more of a compliment for his shiftiness than a sprinter's ability, and that's OK. His vision and decisiveness are undeniable.
Underwood's 107 yards on 22 carries helped the Wildcats end an 18-game game losing streak in defeating rival St. Albans 17-14 last Friday.
If his 4.8-yards-per-carry average looks workmanlike, it is.
Left, right, stop and go ... wherever his eyes take him is where he goes, no matter how long it takes.
"Natural instinct really," said Underwood, whose Wildcats (1-3) host Lincoln County (0-4) on Friday night. "I know the play will come and the hole will open, I just have to rely on my line.
"I just want to make it to the next level, so I work hard to get there."
When he reaches that point, Underwood finishes his runs with as much power and strength a 5-foot-8, 180-pound freshman can muster - quite a bit surprisingly.
Nitro hasn't had back-to-back victories since Coach Scott Tinsley roamed the sidelines in 2007, his final season there. It was the last time the Wildcats reached the playoffs and the last time they won the Battle of the Bridge before last week.
They have a chance to do so at Underwood Field.
"Brayden grew up in practice last week," Coach Derek Midkiff said. "He's gone through some tough times since the eighth grade. He has made a 180-degree turn and I'm so proud of him."