Steubenville has had a somewhat rocky season in the wake of rape convictions of two of its former players and the ongoing conspiracy investigation to determine what, if any, role its coaches and school administrators played in fostering an atmosphere in which players were free to operate above the law. Big Red is 5-4, and has lost more games than in any season since the 1998 team finished 4-6.
Steubenville has only lost four or more games in a season three times since 1980.
A.D. CUNNINGHAM'S personal-record performance of 225 rushing yards Friday night at Riverside put the South Charleston junior running back within striking distance of being the Black Eagles' first 1,000-yard running back since 2008.
Cunningham has 939 rushing yards on 131 carries, and has scored 10 touchdowns. The Black Eagles (7-2) end their regular season Friday night at top-ranked Huntington (8-0).
Kennedy Award winner Tyler Harris ran for more than 1,000 yards at SC in 2009 and 2010 as a quarterback, but Aaron Slusher was the last running back at the school to top the 1,000-yard mark. Slusher ran for 1,012 in 2008, but did not reach the 1,000-yard plateau until he ran for 71 yards in the Super Six against George Washington.
The Black Eagles' 48-19 win over Riverside (1-8) clinched a Class AAA playoff berth for South Charleston. The team has not played a playoff game since the 2010 semifinals against Brooke.
CAPITAL AND Sissonville also clinched postseason berths with their wins last week. Capital (7-1) overwhelmed Nitro 52-6 and Sissonville (7-1) had an easy time with Class A Sherman with a 49-12 win in Seth.
For the Indians, the trip to the Class AA playoffs will be their first since 2007. Sissonville has not won a playoff game since 1994, when the Indians advanced to the state championship game and lost to Poca.
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