Two of the top defenses in the state will clash tonight when No. 11 Lewis County visits No. 6 University for opening round action of the Class AAA playoffs.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at University High School.
Lewis County (8-2) has given up only 108 points on the season, while University has allowed just 112 points this year.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Andrew Davis
Lewis County and fullback Mark Metzgar, above, will travel to University for opening round action of the Class AAA state high school playoffs tonight.
"On paper, our team and UHS?are two of the top defenses in the state," Lewis County coach Eddie Vincent said. "It could be a great defensive game. Our defense is going to have to come up big and stop University's good offense if we want a chance to win."
The Minutemen, who lost to University in the first game of the season 35-7, will take a seven-game winning streak into the matchup.
"We didn't play well and had five turnovers in our first game against University," Vincent said. "We're a lot better team now and so is University.
The Minutemen are led by senior running back Caleb Butcher, who has rushed for 1,146 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Junior fullback Mark Metzgar has 919 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns.
"We need Caleb and Mark to have their best games of the season running the football," Vincent said. "We could have two players over 1,000 yards for the first time in school history if we have a strong night."
University (8-2) is led by running backs Chance Michael and Michael Ramsey. Quarterback Travis Renner will guide the offense.
Receivers Tony Richardson and Ryan Groves are Renners top targetss.
"University is a very tough team to prepare for," Vincent said. "They have so many weapons on offense. We're going to have to be ready for the run and the pass, and we can't let them have any big plays on offense."
The winner will play either Hurricane or George Washington in second round action next week.