Updated Wed, Nov 13, 2013 11:08 pm
Last week Maysville earned its first playoff win in school history. This week, the Panthers meet No. 8 Steubenville (7-4), fresh off an upset of No. 1 Licking Valley, in the regional semifinals.
Both teams have a lot of momentum coming into Friday’s game, but Maysville has an extra incentive.
Last year, the Steubenville Big Red eliminated Maysville in the regional quarterfinals. The Panthers now have a chance for revenge.
Maysville is a run first team, and the philosophy has worked well for them all year. Running backs C.J. Harris, Jordan Hayes and Chase Roberts carry the load offensively for the Panthers. But for Maysville to take it a step further this year, there will be pressure on Jacob Miller.
Stereotypically, it all falls on the quarterback’s shoulders. Play action will play a big part of Friday’s game. When the Big Red keys’ in on the Panthers’ backfield, Miller will have open targets downfield.
The Steubenville defense is not one to overlook, however.
Licking Valley entered last Friday’s game averaging over 380 yards a game. The Big Red defense held them to a total of 137 yards and only 12 first downs.
Steubenville had 21 first downs and 409 total yards of offense.
The Panthers seem to be at an advantage when it comes to penalties. Last week, the Big Red committed 13 penalties for 161 yards. Most of those penalties occurred in the first half, but Licking Valley did not capitalize on them. Maysville must capitalize on Steubenville’s early mistakes this week to take control of the game.
The regional semifinal will be played at St. Clairsville Red Devil Stadium in Belmont County. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 Friday night.