CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover's last stand for reaching the Class AA playoff begins tonight with a home game against No. 15 Roane County (5-2).
If the Huskies (2-5) can close the regular season with a three-game win streak against the Raiders, No. 13 Mingo Central (5-2) and AAA Nitro, anything's possible in the jumbled Class AA ratings, where only 17 teams currently sport winning records.
This series, however, hasn't been kind to Hoover in recent years, as Roane dominated 40-14 last year and 48-10 in 2011. Tyler King hauled in a pair of touchdown receptions for the Raiders in last year's meeting.
For the Huskies in that game, Shaun Dotson carried 17 times for 83 yards and a TD and quarterback Tyler Americo added 54 yards and a TD run.
Roane QB Cody May set a school record earlier this season by throwing for 289 yards in a loss to No. 9 Ritchie County. The Raiders are 5-0 against teams with losing records and 0-2 against winning-record opponents.
For the Wildcats, sophomore Brayden Underwood (597 yards, seven TDs) has missed the last two games, and Nick Brown (483 yards, four TDs) has taken over as the lead rusher. The Cougars won the last meeting between the programs 30-7 in 2008.
The Black Eagles won this game last year 56-33, with Marquel Hampton burning Riverside for five receptions covering 158 yards with two touchdowns. For the Warriors, Will Jackson ran for one score in that game and also caught a TD pass.
Draven Riffe (1,379 yards, 18 TDs), a top Kennedy Award candidate, is expected to return for GW after sitting out last week's loss at Cabell Midland with a bum ankle. Parkersburg's defense allows 6.5 yards per carry and 252 yards on the ground per game.
Huntington averages 313 yards rushing a game behind backs Paden Christian, Charles Crawford and Nick Tubbs. St. Albans relies on the pass, with quarterback Noah Reed three yards shy of hitting 1,000 for the season and has thrown for 14 TDs.
The Pioneers thumped the Dots 56-22 a year ago, getting a pair of TD runs from Mason Hodge and two scores from quarterback Grant Ferguson - one by run and the other on a 62-yard interception return. Wayne averages 51 points and the Dots allow 40 per game.