Nitro at Mingo Central
Who: Nitro (1-3) at Mingo Central (3-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Buck (Buck Harless Stadium), Mingo Central.
Coaches: Nitro, Zach Davis. Mingo Central, Josh Sammons.
Notes: The Miners are also on a hot streak of their own, winning the last three contests and dropping 50+ points in two of those games.
Mingo Central receiver Drew Hatfield has been an absolute machine; churning out receiving yards like an amish milkmaid does butter. Which is very fast if you didn’t know.
Hatfield has hauled in 37 passes this season; on those receptions he has accumulated 740 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Miner quarterback Daylin Goad is also putting up ridiculous numbers such as the 1,035 passing yards he has through four games.
Injuries in the backfield has forced Goad to take on more of a rushing role within the offense but has proved not to be too much for the Miner signal caller as he has put up 288 yards on the ground.
The Miners will return running back Zach Patrick in Friday’s game against Poca. Hopefully Patrick and Tanner Cisco can alleviate the strains from injuries at the running back position for the Miners.
Against Sissonville, Hatfield and Goad were on the same page all game, in each others ears on the sideline all game long discussing openings in the defense and mismatches they saw throughout the game.
The Miners will need this same chemistry for the rest of the season, as this combo (Hatfield & Goad) is one of the most potent duos in the state of West Virginia.
Goad connected with Hatfield eight times against Sissonville for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
The duo will have to test the Nitro secondary early to spread them out and create space for easier running lanes for the running backs.
Who 2 Watch: For Mingo Central, the defensive line and the Miner running backs.
The Mingo Central defensive line has caused plenty of chaos over the last three games. The defensive line has three guys who have consistently showed up for the Miners (Levi Davis, Ryan DeBoard, and Jacoby Thornsbury). These three have been anchors on the line and have forced two fumbles and three sacks in each of the last three games. Expect them to keep gobbling up opposing quarterbacks and running backs in the backfield.
As stated earlier, the running back position has been cut down for the Miners due to injury but on Zach Patrick’s only four rushing attempts this year he has 72 yards and two touchdowns. With more carries hopefully Patrick can reproduce those kinds of numbers.
Tanner Cisco has gotten the start in the last two contests, and has been able to produce; putting up 200 yards on 35 carries. Cisco is growing more comfortable the more he plays, so expect him to come out on a mission as far as making sure production from the running back position wont be a problem.
Pike Central at Tug Valley
Who: Pike County Central (3-1) at Tug Valley (3-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30
Location: Panther Stadium, Naugatuck.
Coaches: Pike Central, Eric Ratliff. Tug Valley, Hady Ford.
Notes: Both Teams are 3-1 going into Week 5 of the regular season; not losing since both lost in their Week 1 matchups at the beginning of the season.
Both teams have adept playmakers and have similarities on both offense and defense that will lead to a tough matchup between the Panthers from Tug Valley and the Hawks from Pike Central.
Minimizing mistakes is going to be a major factor in this matchup as both squads look to continue their hot streaks going past the midway point of the regular season.
In Tug Valley’s Week 4 matchup against Van, the Panthers exploded for 515 total yards and seven total team touchdowns.
Pike Central has had three games this year where the Hawks have notched 40+ points and will need that production against the stingy Panther defense that as the season has progressed so has their ability to force takeaways and put opposing offenses in a corner.
The Tug Valley secondary led by Ethan Varney and Caleb May forced three picks against Van, while the defensive line and linebackers were able to get nine total sacks.
The Panthers defense will be looking to keep Pike Central quarterback Tyler Hunt inside the pocket and force him to make throws from inside the tackle box.
The Panther offense will focus on holding the ball and prolonging drives so they can deprive the Hawks offense from being on the field.
Who 2 Watch: For Tug Valley, wide receiver Tanner Kirk, defensive end/tight end Ethan Colegrove. For Pike County Central, quarterback Tyler Hunt.
Kirk has emerged as one of quarterback Ethan Varney’s favorite toys; Varney targeted Kirk 10 times against Van. Finding him six times for 92 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Hawks keep Varney from finding Caleb May, expect Kirk to seize the opportunity.
Colegrove is beginning to be a factor that teams cannot overlook as he continues to improve on defense and has been flourishing of late in this fast paced Tug Valley offense.
Colegrove is a huge target in the red zone and will not be denied in a 50/50 ball scenario.
Pike Central’s Tyler Hunt is a dual threat quarterback that excels at making plays outside the pocket. Hunt has played well in the teams first four games and will have to continue to play that way if the Hawks look to knock off the Panthers.
Hunt will have to remain poised and have no miscommunication with his receivers because if he doesn’t then Varney and May will be lurking and waiting to make him regret those miscues.