CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Winfield and Ripley enter Friday's football contest against one another in similar situations following lopsided losses to physical football teams.
The Generals play host to the Vikings at 7:30 p.m. Friday, as the teams look to rebound from big blows suffered by Class AAA No. 4 Cabell Midland and Point Pleasant, respectively.
While Winfield (1-1) soundly defeated Woodrow Wilson in Week 1, the Generals then lost 63-19 to Midland. Likewise, Ripley (0-2) started the season with an impressive first half against Parkersburg South on Aug. 30, but then watched as the Patriots stormed back to win the opener. The Vikings were blasted 63-7 by host Point Pleasant last Friday.
"I don't think that Point Pleasant game is indicative of the type of team Ripley has," Winfield Coach Craig Snyder said. "I really think that that first game against Parkersburg South they were a pretty dynamic offensive ball club.
"That Point Pleasant game kind of reminded me of our game (against Midland). I think it's a fair comparison, where Point Pleasant just destroyed them that first quarter and there was such a big hole. They started playing a little better, but just like us against Midland, it was too little too late."
Snyder said Winfield failed to match Midland's aggressive fronts, both offensively and defensively.
Ripley first-year Coach David Tennant said a similar Big Blacks style halted the Vikings.
"Point was just bigger, faster and stronger than us," he said. "It's hard to get a running game going when we're getting stuffed backwards."
Still, Ripley and Winfield present strengths that will pose problems for the opposition this week.
"They have a lot of speed," Tennant said of Winfield. "They're a quick team. Off the top of my head, we can't really find any weaknesses. We just have to put our boys in positions to where we can overcome their speed, because they're a faster team than us.
"If our boys don't come ready to play, it could be another rough night, but I expect my guys to pick themselves up and be ready to play."
For the Generals, Snyder said his team's strength lies in its skill positions led by senior quarterback Toby Show. Last season, Show threw for approximately 1,500 yards. Through two games, he's thrown for 412 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.