BY JOHN CONLEY
Westside is maintaining its normal practice routine as it prepares for Friday night's first round playoff game with Keyser.
"We're just going about everything like we usually do," said WHS coach Darren Thomas.
"We're glad (Keyser) picked Friday night," he noted. "I don't know anybody who wants to play on Saturday. That Monday night game we played (against Scott in the regular season) has been tough to come back from."
The No. 3 seed Renegades (9-1) and No. 14 Golden Tornado (6-4) have never met on the gridiron.
"They run the wing-T, and they're awful disciplined," Thomas commented. "The way they run it is perfect.
"They use a lot of misdirection and like to throw the ball a little bit," he added. "They play a 6-2 on defense and are aggressive."
The coach says his team has to be mistake-free to get a win.
"We've got to be able to run the ball and you can't have turnovers in playoff football," he stated. "And we've got to control the line of scrimmage and stop thier passing game and the misdirection."
Justin Tilley, one of Westside's three big running threats, was injured early in last week's game with River View, suffering a high ankle sprain.
Tillye's status for Friday is still uncertain.
"He's still sore," said Thomas. "We let hin run a little bit (Wednesday). We'll have a walk through today and check out his legs again."
Getting to the post-season has been the Renegades' goal since practice began in August, Thomas noted.
"We're not satisfied to get there," he remarked. "We want to go as far as we can."