For the first time in a few years it's not Martinsburg that stands in the Morgantown High football team's way of a state championship. This year's opponent in the semifinals is no easy win. The Mohigans are getting ready to take on No. 1 ranked and undefeated Cabell Midland.
Every year, it's Morgantown's goal to practice on Thanksgiving Day because after that, it's a trip to Wheeling Island Stadium for the State Championship. Head Coach John Bowers said he thinks his team is capable of making the final step of the season. The Mohigans need to have a good week of practice to get that done.
Coach Bowers said the win against Huntington on Friday in the second round may have been the best game of the season for some area's of the Mohigans game. From the total game aspect, Morgantown played pretty well.
In the third round game, Morgantown will have to match Cabell Midland's intensity. The Knights are well-schooled and play hard. Coach Bowers said his team will be ready to play. Coach Bowers said he's impressed with the Knights, they have a lot of kids back including a good transfer from Winfield. Plus, no one accidentally wins 12 football games.
Morgantown won't change a thing this week. The Mohigans will rely on the running back corps and the offensive line. Coach Bowers said the line has carried the team all year.
Coach Bowers expects Cabell Midland to do what has made it successful all year. Cabell Midland runs the Wing-T offense with an "I" formation. The Knights try to smash the football down an opponent's throat. Cabell Midland's defense is a little even and a little odd, more even up front.
Midland Head Coach Luke Salmons said his team has stayed hungry all year and that has helped with the success. This week the Knight have to stay focused and truly play as a team.
Coach Salmons expects Morgantown to play hard, physical and with good fundamentals. It will be challenge for his Knights. Coach Salmons said if you look at what the Mohigans have done without star running back Chazzy Thomas, it proves exactly what kind of team they are. He said Morgantown is a good program and well-coached.