CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wheeling Park will roll into the second round of the Class AAA high school football playoffs with five consecutive wins, including an opening round playoff victory over South Charleston last weekend.
But Patriots Coach Chris Daugherty knows his team will face a stiff challenge when it travels to face unbeaten Point Pleasant (11-0) tonight at the Point Pleasant High School Athletic Complex.
Wheeling Park (10-1) enters the contest as the No. 5 seeded team, while Point is No. 4. Meanwhile, the only time in Wheeling Park's 38-year history the team has won more than one playoff game in a season was 1991 when the Patriots reached the Class AAA title game.
"Anytime you've got five wins in the last five games you're happy, but we've got still got things that we need to improve on," Daugherty said. "I think we can do better and we're constantly trying to do that.
"We're not going to relax because we're too deep into the season and too much is on the line to just kick back and put your feet up."
Park is led on the ground by sophomore back Savion Johnson, who enters the contest with 1,294 yards and 17 touchdowns.
"Savion's numbers speak for themselves, especially when you take in to consideration that he's just a sophomore," Daugherty said.
The Patriots' offense is guided by a proven veteran under center, in senior quarterback Zach Phillips.
Phillips has connected on 96-of-152 attempts, for 1,703 yards and 20 TDs, with just a pair of interceptions.
"Our quarterback has just been so consistent," Daugherty said. "He doesn't really do anything too stupid with the ball. He takes care of the ball and usually does the smart things. He does a lot of good things for us.