CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Second-year Winfield football Coach Craig Snyder likes that his team won both its preseason scrimmages, but acknowledges that the Generals are still far from where they hope to be in their race for the school's first Class AAA playoff spot.
"I took a lot of positives from both scrimmages, but I'm worried about Beckley," Snyder said of the Generals' season opener tonight against Woodrow Wilson, which visits Winfield at 7:30 p.m.
"They've got a lot of skill and a lot of speed, and they played South Charleston pretty close with their ones, and I know Donnie's pretty good," Snyder said, referencing the team led by first-year SC Coach Donnie Mays.
Winfield enters the game led by 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior quarterback Toby Show, senior wide receiver Chris Turner (6-3, 215) and senior running back Colt Richardson (5-10, 200), although sophomore Jacob Lewis (5-6, 160) and junior John Hathaway (6-1, 175) will contribute considerably, giving Winfield more offensive weapons than it has had in some time.
"I think one of the things that you see is that Chris is not the only thing we have offensively," Snyder said. "Chris is very good, but I hope people key on Chris because we have a lot of other guys that we feel can make big plays."
Turner, who injured his left shoulder in the team's final scrimmage against Riverside last week, should play tonight after he caught 48 passes for 656 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
Coach John H. Lilly's Woodrow team lost two-time All-State utility player and quarterback Andrew Johnson to graduation, but returns several key athletes known more for their skills on the basketball court than to the football starting lineup. Junior Brent Osborne (6-2, 200) is now the team's quarterback after starring as a 3-point shooting forward for the Flying Eagles last season.
Senior wide receivers Chase Hancock (6-3, 190) and Donte Nabors (5-11, 160) also stood out for Coach Ron Kidd's team that finished as the 2013 Class AAA State Tournament runner-up.
In other games around the area:
Poca (2-8) at Nitro (2-8) - Both Backyard Brawl competitors will test out new quarterbacks in this year's edition. Poca will go with junior Justin Stewart, who returns to the sport after taking his sophomore year off and replaces two-year starter Jake Payne, who opted not to play his senior season.