"You're going to have to be able to run the ball to go far in the playoffs," he said. "We're trying to improve that mindset as we get ready. We're still trying to improve our passing game."
Spring Valley threw the ball just five times in the win, completing one pass for 11 yards.
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CAPITAL'S WIN over George Washington on Friday night clinched the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship for top-ranked Cabell Midland (9-0). It is the first MSAC title for the Knights, and the first won by a team from outside Kanawha County in six seasons.
GW (2007, 2010-11) and South Charleston (2008-09) had claimed each one since Parkersburg won the 2006 conference title.
The MSAC champion is determined by the Secondary School Activities Commission playoff rating. Huntington (7-1) is the only team that can equal the Knights' current point total. However, Midland will gain at least three guaranteed bonus points by virtue of games between previously defeated opponents, putting their minimum possible end-of-season total out of the Highlanders' reach.
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WITH ITS 33-7 win over Ravenswood on Friday, Clay County (4-4) finds itself in Class AA playoff contention late in the season for the first time since it reached the 2004 postseason and finished with a 7-4 record.
The Panthers got three touchdowns from senior running back Jordan Lucas in the win over the struggling Red Devils (2-6), who have lost six consecutive games after a 2-0 start to the 2012 season. Lucas scored on runs of 53, 48 and 23 yards.
Clay plays host to Calhoun County (2-7) on Friday before finishing the regular season at Tug Valley (6-2) on Nov. 2.
The Panthers, who opened the season with three losses in their first four games, have not finished a season with fewer than seven losses since 2004, and were 5-35 from 2008-11.
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GEORGE WASHINGTON has reached the Class AAA playoffs each year since 2007, and has a 61-11 record during that string of successful seasons. Only twice during the span have the Patriots lost a game by a wider margin than Friday's 22-point setback against Capital, which was GW's most lopsided regular-season loss since a 53-7 loss to Parkersburg in the 2006 season opener.
South Charleston beat GW 39-8 in the 2008 Class AAA state championship game, and Bridgeport downed the Patriots 31-0 in the 2009 Class AAA playoff quarterfinals.