CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hurricane can pick its poison in its drive for a fourth consecutive Class AAA playoff berth.
Either the Redskins (5-3) can beat No. 4 Capital (8-1) on the road tonight at Laidley Field, or be put in a must-win situation in Week 11 at No. 14 Spring Valley (6-2).
As ominous as the scenario might seem for second-year Hurricane Coach Jeremy Taylor and the Redskins, there is this nugget of fact: quarterback Austin Hensley led Hurricane to a win over a very similar-looking Capital squad one year ago in Hurricane.
Still, the Redskins have not beaten a team with a winning record this season. Hensley is the state's top passer, having completed 122-of-189 passes for 1,954 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Senior utility man Zach Pate is Class AAA's second-leading scorer with 144 points and leads the Redskins with 819 rushing yards and 652 receiving yards.
Capital junior running back Kashuan Haley has emerged as the Cougars' offensive leader through the course of the season. Haley has 946 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Tyrhee Pratt has completed 79-of-148 passes for 1,285 yards, 11 TDs and four INTs.
With its season-ending game at George Washington looming in one week, Capital must also guard against a letdown. The Cougars are in position to clinch a home game through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs should they win both weeks.
In other area games:
Ripley (2-6) at George Washington (7-1) - Whether Draven Riffe returns tonight for GW could be of little consequence with the way fellow senior Jacob Jackson has been playing. Riffe remains among state leaders with 1,379 rushing yards, but while he has rehabbed an ankle injury Jackson has moved into the state's top 15, with 879 yards and 16 TDs on 88 carries.
South Charleston (7-2) at Huntington (8-0) - See story, Page 1B.