Coincidentally, Wayne has in the past proven to be "the man" even when losing to Sissonville. The Indians' last win over Harmon's team was Sept. 22, 2006, a 7-6 final. Wayne went on to finish 12-2 and beat rival Tolsia in the Class AA title game that season.
With more hoopla around this game than has surrounded Sissonville football in the five years since their last playoff appearance, Smolder said the focus for his team must remain between the white lines.
"We've got to make tackles and swarm to the football," he said. "We'll run a no-huddle offense and we'll hope to push the pace and move the chains.
"The biggest thing we focus on is that each week is our most important game. We play Wayne. We try not to look at it as the game of the week or anything like that. We can only worry about ourselves."
In other area games tonight:
Nitro (1-2) at St. Albans (0-3) - The Wildcats won the Battle of the Bridge last year for the first time since 2007. Sophomore Brayden Underwood leads Nitro with 443 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 78 carries. St. Albans quarterback Noah Reed has completed 32-of-49 passes (65.3 percent) for 252 yards, 6 TDs and three interceptions.
Riverside (0-4) at Woodrow Wilson (1-2) - Woodrow has taken to the air more this season, with quarterback Brent Osborne completing 45-of-82 passes for 565 yards, 6 TDs and 4 INTs. Another Flying Eagle basketball standout, Chase Hancock, is his favorite target, with 16 catches for 294 yards and four scores. Riverside senior Will Jackson leads the Warriors with 215 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Buffalo (0-4) at Gilmer County (2-2) - The Titans have utilized a short passing game for the overwhelming majority of their offense, but fell to struggling Paden City at home last week when their quarterback, Austin Cunningham, missed the game. Bison junior Jordan Tucker has emerged as a potential standout for Buffalo, leading the team with 528 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns.
Other games include Capital (3-0) at South Charleston (3-1) (See story, page 1B), Winfield (2-1) at Point Pleasant (3-0) (See story, page 1B), Poca (1-3) at Scott (1-3) (See story, this page), Lincoln County (0-4) at Lewis County (2-1), Huntington (4-0) at Ripley (0-4), Ravenswood (2-1) at Williamstown (3-0), Valley (3-0) at Fayetteville (2-2), Midland Trail (1-3) at Van (1-2), Braxton County (0-4) at Roane County (2-2), Logan (3-1) at Chapmanville (3-1), Nicholas County (2-2) at Clay County (1-3) and Liberty-Raleigh (1-3) at Sherman (2-2).
George Washington (4-0) is idle this week.
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