Nitro also has a solid running game with sophomore Brayden Underwood leading the way. Underwood has 272 yards and four scores on 47 totes.
"I wouldn't classify him as a power runner," said Midkiff of Underwood. "He uses his vision and reads blocks well. He's going to have to have a big game for us on Friday night."
The Wildcats' passing game is triggered by senior quarterback Tyler Barton, who's connected on 14 of 36 passes for 119 yards and a score. Nitro's leading receivers are junior Buck Shepherd (6 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD) and senior Ryan McDonough (3 receptions, 81 yards).
First-year South Charleston Coach Donnie Mays likes what he's seen of the Wildcats while preparing to face them.
"We spent 12 hours up here on Sunday and we have a good feel for what they do," said Mays of the Black Eagles' preparation.
"What I respect about them is that Coach Midkiff has a philosophy and they stick to it. They don't jump around into a bunch of different defenses or offenses. They do what they do and I respect that because that's the way we are.
"That philosophy is going to help build that program for Derek and his staff, it really will."
SC defensive coordinator Marc Wilson believes his defense will need to control the Wildcats' running game in order to be successful. The Black Eagles surrendered 344 rushing yards last week.
"They're a team that runs the football well," Wilson said. "Their offensive line gets after you and their running backs run hard.
"They're committed to running the football. In the past they were known as a passing team, but I'm seeing a transition to where they're committed to running the ball on any down. They've had some success doing that and they'll only get better at it."
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