CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The biggest battle among Class A football programs will take place in Fayette County Friday evening when fifth-ranked Valley (4-0) hosts No. 9 Meadow Bridge (5-0) at WVU Tech's Martin Field.
Valley has notched wins the last two seasons against its intracounty rival, including a 38-18 win on the road last year, a game that also featured unbeaten teams.
"We've been at this before," said Meadow Bridge Coach Larry McClintic. "It's nothing new because we were both undefeated last year when they came to Meadow Bridge.
"They had an awfully good football team then and they have an awfully good football team now that we're going to be hard pressed to stay on the field with."
McClintic's most pressing concern entering the contest is the Greyhounds' speed advantage, especially their ability to score from anywhere on the field.
"Their speed ... they have so many weapons with their speed that any time you kick to them or any time they touch the ball offensively, they can take it the distance on you," McClintic said. "That really puts pressure on your kids."
The Wildcats will try to counter that speed with a power running game that's bolstered by the state's leading rusher. Senior back Jacob Parker has amassed 1,385 yards on 134 carries (10.3 avg.) and 17 touchdowns.
"We are just a basic, grind-it-out football team," McClintic said.