By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. —
Haysi and Honaker look to stay unbeaten and maintain their favorable position in the VHSL power ratlngs as they each host Black Diamond District rivals tonight.
Only three weeks remain in the regular season after this weekend's matchups. The playoffs begin the weekend of Nov. 15.
Honaker (6-0) currently occupies the top spot in the Group 1A Western Section ratings, while Haysi (6-0) is now fourth and locked in a tight battle with Fort Chiswell and Covington for the second, third and fourth spots.
If both teams stay unbeaten by the time they meet Nov. 8 it looks like that night's Honaker at Haysi winner will secure the top seed in the West and play at home through the state semifinals.
While Grundy (2-4) ventures into Kentucky to face a 5-and-2 East Ridge team having its best season in years Haysi and Honaker are favored at home, though both Tiger squads do face improved opponents.
Haysi hosts Twin Valley (3-4) and Honaker hosts Hurley (3-3). Both the Panthers and Rebels take two-game winning streaks into tonight's action.
They each face similar problems against bigger and deeper opponents this evening. Twin Valley and Hurley have had success running the ball this season and they both desperately need to control the ball as much as possible to have a chance tonight.
"It's the usual Honaker team, they're big and physical," Hurley coach Greg Tester said. "You know they're going to line up and come at you, you just have to be prepared for it.
"We've just got to find a way to get first downs and keep their offense off the field."