As Magnolia has cemented its reputation as a physical, power-running team, Cavaliers Coach Lewis McClung said Sunday that it mirrors what West has always strove for with its program.
"That's our philosophy. We pride ourselves on trying to be a physical team," McClung said. "I just think it's the way you play football. Given the weather in West Virginia at this time of year, if you're a finesse football team you're kind of sometimes at the mercy of the weather."
Greenbrier West eliminated No. 2 seed St. Marys (11-1) in the quarterfinals with an 18-0 road win that saw the Cavaliers benefit from two safeties.
"We have some athletes, but we don't have the kind of athletes that we're going to spread the ball out and do something fancy with it," McClung said. "That's not us, and I don't know that I'm smart enough to coach that anyway."
The Cavaliers are looking for their first Super Six appearance since 1991, when they fell to Spencer in the Class AA championship game at Laidley Field. That year, West beat Magnolia in the semifinals, 6-0.
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WILLIAMSTOWN WILL make its ninth appearance in the Class A semifinals since 2002 when it visits top-seeded Madonna (12-0) on Friday night in Weirton.
The Yellowjackets (10-2) have made their way through the 2013 season with little fanfare, although quarterback Jake Tracewell (6-1, 170) has thrown for 1,383 yards and run for 1,141 more. Tracewell has accounted for 33 touchdowns this season, and helped eliminate No. 13 seed Bishop Donahue (8-4) in the quarterfinals by running for 139 yards and throwing for 121 more.
Madonna Coach Doug Taylor said Williamstown's move to a spread offense this season actually might help his own team better prepare for the semifinal.
"Coach (Terry) Smith and his staff's been around a while, and they know the X-and-O games," Taylor said. "It looks to me that they found an offense that fits that quarterback and it's a little bit different from what people are used to.
"They kind of mirror us a little bit. They run some of the same stuff we do, and they've been very effective. They've got a great offensive line, and they're definitely going to be a challenge for us."
Madonna eliminated 2012 state champion Wahama (10-2) from the postseason in the quarterfinals with a 70-55 win last week.
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