Tucker County will look to remain perfect on the season when it plays host to Class AA, No. 10 Philip Barbour tonight at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field.
"Parsons is a very tough place to play," Philip Barbour coach Curtis Bodkins said. "It's a tough environment and they have a great football tradition at the school."
The Mountain Lions will be looking to avenge a season-ending loss to the Colts last season. Entering the finale a year ago, Tucker County was ranked 16th in the Class A ratings. The loss to the Colts knocked the Mountain Lions out the playoffs.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle
Tucker County players prepare to go onto the field after last week’s win over rival Moorefield. The Mountain Lions will entertain Philip Barbour tonight.
"Tucker will definitely be after us after we knocked them out of the playoffs last season," Bodkins said.
Philip Barbour (3-1) is coming off a 27-19 victory over Liberty Harrison last week. Running backs Harley Davis and Brody Carpenter will look to fuel the Colts' offense. Davis had 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week.
"Philip Barbour is having a good season this year," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "So were going to have to be ready for them."
Quarterback Dillon Newman added 139 yards and a touchdown a week ago. Al Johnson and Jordan Simmons will be Newman's top targets.
"We need to try and slow down their running game," Rapp said. "They have two good running backs and a good running quarterback. Our defense has to come ready to play, which it has done so far this season."
Tucker County (4-0), ranked fifth in this week's Class A ratings, is coming off a 44-13 victory over rival Moorefield last week.
The Mountain Lions are led by quarterback Derek Nestor, who had 132 yards on the ground in last week's victory.
Running backs Austin Zirk and Mikhail Lewis are also key threats for the Mountain Lions' offense.
Receivers Tyler Snyder and Nathaniel Goldstein are Nestor's go-to players in the passing game.
"We're going to have to get our running game going," Rapp said. "It's been good so far this season and a lot of that has to do with how good our offensive line has been. We returned a lot of guys up front this season and they all worked hard in the offseason to get stronger - it's really shown so far this year."
The Mountain Lions' defense is led by senior linebacker Michael Adkins and defensive linemen Cory DiBartolomeo.
"Adkins and DiBartolomeo and are going to have to step up and play well for us defensively," Rapp said. "Our defense has only given up 37 points so far this season. We need it to step up big and force some turnovers."
Game time is slated for 7 p.m.