HONAKER, Va. —
What may well be the biggest game in Black Diamond District history is a week away, and avoiding looking ahead to that game is the biggest story in the BDD in this next-to-last week of the regular season.
Honaker and Haysi are heavily favored this week and hope to stay undefeated headed into their showdown next week at Haysi's Sandlick field.
Honaker (8-0) hosts Grundy (3-5) in the only BDD contest tonight. Haysi (8-0) travels to Kentucky to take on a 2-7 Harlan club.
Hurley (3-5) looks to get back on track in its final home game of the season as the Rebels host another Kentucky squad, Phelps (1-8). Twin Valley has the week off.
Three of the five BDD teams will make the playoffs. Honaker is currently in the number two slot in the Group 1A West power ratings behind Fort Chiswell and Haysi is third.
Hurley probably needs a win tonight or next week at Twin Valley. The Rebels are also favored to win tonight, but coach Greg Tester says his club can't take anything for granted after taking it on the chin in back-to-back losses to Honaker and Haysi.
"On offense we have to be able to execute," Tester said. "We have to sustain drives and not commit penalties or make mistakes. We're not built to lose yardage, we have to play in front of the sticks, not behind them.
"On defense we've got to contain (Phelps') quarterback. He can run and throw the ball pretty well. If we can find a way to contain him we should be all right."
Hurley enters play this week at No. 15 in a 16-team playoff field.