CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston hopes to get back on track tonight after falling a yard short of a 4-1 start in Donnie Mays' first season as coach.
The Black Eagles (3-2) are ranked 15th in the latest SSAC Class AAA playoff ratings after falling 34-31 in overtime to Capital last week. SC rallied from a 21-7 deficit to take a 31-24 lead late in the game, but gave up a last-second Hail Mary that forced overtime, and failed to score on its lone OT possession after having a first-and-goal situation from the Capital 1.
Tonight, Parkersburg (2-2) comes to the Kanawha Valley looking for its first win over a West Virginia opponent this season. The Big Reds have beaten Vincent Warren Local and Marietta high schools from Ohio.
While SC sophomore quarterback Kentre Grier ranks fourth among Class AAA passers with 914 yards and 10 touchdowns, the increased offensive role of junior running back A.D. Cunningham has provided the Black Eagles balance that they have lacked in the past three seasons. Cunningham has 76 carries for 492 yards and seven TDs. Senior Kevin Forrest leads SC - and is second among all Class AAA receivers - with 410 yards on 27 catches.
Parkersburg is led by quarterback Aaron Roberts, who has thrown for 432 yards on 22-of-42 passing. Melvin Stubbs is the Big Reds' leading rusher, with 204 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.
In other area games:
Class AAA No. 2 George Washington (4-0) at Princeton (2-3) - The Patriots travel to Princeton in what could turn out to be a must-win game for the Tigers' playoff hopes after a 2-0 start to the season. GW senior running back Draven Riffe ranks third among Class AAA backs with 810 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Princeton senior Tahj Sho-Johnson has 560 rushing yards and nine TDs.
Ripley (0-5) at Nitro (1-3) - The Vikings have rolled up some yardage, but can't seem to convert much of it into points. They've scored just 83 though quarterback Trevor Tucker has thrown for 612 yards and run for 507 more.
Nitro enters the game after blowing a fourth-quarter lead at rival St. Albans to lose the Battle of the Bridge last week. The Wildcats are led by sophomore running back Brayden Underwood, who has run for 545 yards and seven scores.