Cabell Midland Coach Luke Salmons knows his Knights will face a desperate and dangerous Capital team.
"It's going to be a challenge and we know we will get their best," Salmons said. "Capital is a good team and are very explosive. They are well coached with a lot of great athletes. It's a scary game for us.
"Haley has made a lot of big plays in special teams and the return game. We don't want him to get the ball at all. They have a few kids that can take it to the house on any play. That's a challenge. It's one of those games they can make big plays, and we have to tackle."
In an effort to keep Haley and the big-play Capital offense off the field, Salmons will continue to lean on an explosive running game, especially the deadly one-two combination of seniors David Gaydosz and Lowell Farley.
Gaydosz has been a scoring machine the last two games, rushing for a combined 12 touchdowns - six in each game. He has rushed for 18 touchdowns on the season and is just 27 yards shy of 1,000 yards.
Farley, meanwhile, went over the 1,000 yard rushing mark last week and now has 1,006 on the season, including 10 touchdowns.
"We've got two 2,000-career yard rushers," Salmons said. "We feel like our whole backfield is very good. Our line has done a great job and don't get a lot of credit. We return four of the five guys and a lot of the times, our running backs aren't getting touched until the second level."
Carpenter knows his Cougars have their work cut out for them in trying to stop the Midland backfield.
"It's the best duo around," Carpenter said. "They do a good job of spreading the ball around. It makes it hard. You can't just focus your time on one of them. That's the dangerous part. Gaydosz scores so fast, it isn't on the screen very long."