HURRICANE, W.Va. -- As the weather steadily gets cooler, Spring Valley fullback Elijah Wellman increasingly likes the look of his Timberwolves wing-T offense.
"Our linemen are big. They stay warm when it gets colder because they've got a little extra around them," Wellman said with a laugh Friday after Spring Valley (5-3) ran for 643 yards in a 55-27 rout of host Hurricane (5-3).
"I like the run. (If) our linemen get a burst there and we can pick up five or six yards a pop we're doing just fine," he said.
The Timberwolves moved up at spot to No. 9 in this week's Daily Mail Class AAA poll. The win over the Redskins was the fourth time this season they have accumulated more than 500 yards rushing in a single game.
Spring Valley also eclipsed the 500-yard mark against South Charleston (5-4), Greenbrier East (2-6) and Beckley (6-3).
With big lines coming at a premium in the modern era of high school football, Spring Valley has a distinct advantage in running its offense against most opponents.
The line, which includes sophomore left tackle Alex Locklear (6-foot-4, 295 pounds), senior left guard Matt Jones (6-0, 202), junior center Josh Hammer (6-0, 310), senior right guard Matt Fuller (6-3, 257), sophomore right tackle Trevor Stacy (6-5, 315) and senior tight end Caleb Pennington (6-1, 225) helped paved the way for a record-setting performance against the Redskins.
Wellman finished the win with 224 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries, while senior tailback Ryan George had 214 and three scores on 19 carries. It was the first time in school history the team had produced two 200-yard rushers in the same game.
"We just opened up big holes, and the backs went right through," Fuller said. "The last few games we've had, we've been rushing for more than 400-500 yards, which feels good.
"I think we're playing on all cylinders right now. We've been able to just come out and whip people up front. That feels good as we get closer to the playoffs."
Wellman said it's been a work in progress.
"In the beginning of the season we had a lot of sophomores on the line that had never played in a varsity game before," said the 6-2, 232-pound West Virginia University recruit.
"The first three or four games were a wake-up call for them. Coming up to the varsity level was a big step for them, and they've developed through it and matured a lot."
Spring Valley absorbed losses in its first two games. The team lost to top-ranked Cabell Midland, 21-13, in its opener then dropped a 17-0 decision at home to No. 3 Huntington in Week 2.
The only setback since was a 42-7 drubbing at No. 6 George Washington on Oct. 5.
"Our line's really grown up," Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said. "I know there a lot of the time in the second half tonight we had three sophomores out there."
Dingess, who is still trying to lead the school to its first playoff win in school history, said he is optimistic about breaking that 15-year drought.