Hurricane enters game with fading playoff hopes

October 6, 2018
Hurricane's Christian Hill (28) carries the ball against Huntington in a Class AAA football playoff game in 2017 at Bob Sang Stadium in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — Hurricane’s football road game against Huntington High at 7:30 p.m. Friday could be a make-or-break situation for the Redskins and their hopes to earn a spot as one of 16 teams in the Class AAA playoffs at season’s end.

Hurrcane enters the contest at Bob Sang Field with a 3-3 record and a 6.67 and is tied with Parkersburg for 12th in the ratings. Huntington High (5-0) is No. 2.

The ratings are close from 12th to 17th place and wins are needed to stay in the race.

Hurricane head coach Jeremy Taylor doesn’t see the Huntington High game as a must win.

“Sadly, five wins gets you in anymore and every game is winnable,” Taylor said.

With the 2018 Redskins that’s been the case.

Hurricane grounded out a win in its first game of the season against rival Winfield then lost back-to-back games against No. 1 Spring Valley and Capital when the Redskins scored just 13 points in the two games. Following those defeats Hurricane

played three consecutive home games. The Redskins handily defeating Cabell Midland, then edged Woodrow Wilson and lost its meeting with George Washington.

“If the (team that played) Cabell Midland team shows up then we’ll be in it,” Taylor said. “If the team that played the first three quarters against George Washington shows up, then we’ll be way out of it.”

Hurricane knows what it’s up against. Playing the Highlanders means taking on linemen Darnell Wright and Max Howell who open holes for Ty Wilcoxon and a host of other skill players.

Linebacker J.T. Cooper said the Redskins have prepared for Huntington High whether Wilcoxon plays or sits out because of an injury he suffered against South Charleston a week ago. Cooper said he thinks its not time for Hurricane to panic, but a loss to Huntington High won’t help matters.

“Our backs are against the wall at 3-3,” Cooper said. “We have to face Huntington now and they average 30 (points) a game at least. But we’ve gone 6-4 the last two years and made it in (the playoffs), but had to go on the road.”

Hurricane will be home for its next game against Parkersburg. In its final two regular season games the Redskins will be home against South Charleston and away at St. Albans.

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