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GREENBRIER WEST Coach Lewis McClung figures his team will see something more familiar in the quarterfinals, when they travel to face No. 2 seed St. Marys (11-0) on Saturday.
"I think they like to grind and pound kind of like the way we do," McClung said of the Blue Devils, whose 76 points allowed in the regular season led all teams in West Virginia. St. Marys topped 15th-seeded East Hardy 21-6 in the first round.
West, meanwhile, gave up 103 points in the regular season, which ranked second among Class A teams. The Cavaliers (10-1) dominated Notre Dame 54-7 in the first round.
"I think they're capable of throwing the ball, from what I've heard. They just haven't had to," McClung said. "They run the ball and play great defense, which has pretty much been our trademark this year too."
St. Marys uses a trio of backs led by senior David Gray, who has carried 131 times for 849 yards and 13 touchdowns. Senior Noah Spitzer has 642 yards on 135 carries and has scored six times while junior Jeremy Pratt has 87 carries for 583 yards and five TDs.
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BISHOP DONAHUE'S 21-16 win over No. 5 seed Man last week was the Bishops' sixth playoff win in school history, but it was their third in the last four seasons under coach John Durdines.
Donahue (8-3), the No. 12 seed, plays at No. 4 seed Williamstown (9-2) in the quarterfinals Saturday, looking to advance deeper into the playoffs than any Bishops team has since the 1979 squad reached the Super Six, where it fell to Paden City.
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