"You can have Walter Payton and Barry Sanders in the backfield, but if you don't have the guys up front doing the job they need to do it doesn't matter."
Huntington has junior quarterback Clark Wilson starting in place of former starter Mark Shaver, who is now on the roster at Marshall. The Highlanders will alternate carries between fullback Paden Christian and running back Nick Tubbs for much of the night in their double-wing attack.
Seals added that he doesn't put much stock into preseason scrimmages for his own team - "We don't do a lot at the Grid that we do in the regular season," he said - but he added that, when assessing a first-week opponent, he must go by what he sees.
What he's seen from Hurricane troubles him.
"We've obviously got our hands full," he said. "They're good up front and, defensively, they're getting after the ball," Seals said. "They're flying around. You hear people talk and all that talk about, 'Oh, they're not very good on defense.' I tell you what, I sat here and watched them play a pretty good half of football against Woodrow, who's got a lot of similar athletes to what we do, and they got to the football."
The trouble Huntington had in keeping George Washington's defensive front from getting to its ball-carriers in those teams' final scrimmage was not going to influence Hurricane's defensive approach to the opener, Taylor said.
"We're going to do what we do. We haven't played them in a few years but they know what our defense is like," Taylor said. "It hasn't changed in 10 years, since Coach (Gary) Eggleton was here. They're going to have to stop us, and we're going to have to stop them, and they've got a lot of great athletes."
The teams have not met since Oct. 1, 2010, when Hurricane beat the Highlanders 53-28 in Huntington during Seals' second season with the program.
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