CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a battle of disciplined squads, the football team that stays closest to plan should emerge victorious when Hurricane plays host to Princeton today.
The Redskins, tied for 16th in the first Secondary School Activities Commission high school football playoff ratings, and Tigers (19th) face off in a game that could have profound playoff implications. Hurricane (2-1) hosts Princeton (2-1) at Redskins Stadium at 7:30 p.m. today.
"They're the most disciplined team I've seen in a long time," Hurricane Coach Jeremy Taylor said of his opposition. "They're not real fancy. They're not going to trick you; they're going to run right you. Defensively, they're real basic and real sound. They're a very well-coached football team."
Princeton Coach Randy Peek said he felt similarly about the Redskins, who are led offensively by senior quarterback Austin Hensley and senior running back Zach Pate.
"They're a very disciplined football team," Peek said. "They're a senior-dominant team.
"They have a bunch of returners from last year. The running back, the Pate kid, he does a good job and their quarterback, I think he was second-team all-state last year. He does a real good job and they have some big-time receivers."
This season, Hensley has completed 37 of 64 passes for 547 yards, including seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
While the Redskins maintain an advantage, with Hensley, through the air, Pate and the running attack remain pivotal, Taylor said.
"Zach Pate's going to be a key to the rest of the season," he said. "As he goes, we'll go, and I know he'll have plenty of opportunities."
Pate leads the Redskins with 30 carries for 307 yards, with six touchdowns. He also leads the team in receiving with 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown.
In Hurricane's season-opening 23-8 loss to Huntington, Taylor said the Highlanders limited the Redskins' rushing ability, thus diverting the squad from its game plan.