Plenty will be on the line this evening when Tucker County makes the trek to Moorefield for a Potomac Valley Conference clash.
Both teams will look to solidify their early playoff ratings, as the 3-0 Mountain Lions enter the game at No. 7 and the Yellow Jackets (2-1) are 12th.
"We need to control both lines of scrimmage," Moorefield coach Josh See said. "If we can force them to pass the ball, I like our chances."
The Inter-Mountain file photo
Tucker County and Moorefield players battle during last year’s playoff contest in Parsons. The teams will renew their rivarly at 7:30 p.m. today in Moorefield.
While the Yellow Jackets have been successful offensively through the first three games, the Mountain Lions have relied on a stingy defense, which has yielded just seven points in three wins.
Junior Seth Underwood, meanwhile, has emerged as running threat from the quarterback spot for Tucker County, rushing for a team-best 314 yards, while steady senior Zach Armstrong has added 272.
Last year's leading rusher Austin Zirk has also returned to the team and should provide another threat.
The Yellow Jackets are expected to be without junior tailback Tyhiem Franklin due to an injury.
In his absence, senior fullback Colton Bramsen and sophomore Wil Schoonover are expected to get more carries. Junior Dakota Vetter will direct the offense from the quarterback spot.
Tucker County won both of last year's meetings - 44-13 during the regular season and 27-14 in the first round of the playoffs.