Midkiff was Underwood's coach at Andrew Jackson Middle School. Earlier this year, the former Nitro High School quarterback was hired as the Wildcats' head coach, replacing John Painter.
Underwood has been a commodity to a coach who played in a wide-open offense under Tinsley, but knows what kind of running back he has.
"I already know his style and everything," Underwood said.
The smooth transition is evident in the numbers Underwood is compiling. Through four games, he has 357 yards on 59 carries, an average of 6.1 yards per carry.
At the current pace, Underwood will finish his freshman season with 890 yards, and while he runs with patience, he doesn't look at the whole picture that way.
His ultimate goal is a state championship, but he'll have to wait. The Wildcats have 31 players who are juniors or younger and are just beginning to get comfortable in Midkiff's system.
Underwood feels the win over St. Albans is a good start.
"I want to make it to the state championship," Underwood said. "That's my goal."
Underwood also is working to improve his speed, which will help him attack holes more quickly.
"I'm just going to practice," Underwood said. "In the offseason is where the real work comes."
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