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Bigger challenge on tap for Tigers

West Liberty-Salem’s football team was able to bottle up Williamsburg’s spread offense in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers’ defense faces a greater challenge this week.

Dynamic quarterback Antonio Woods leads a Cincinnati Country Day offense averaging 41 points per game into Friday’s Division VI regional quarterfinal matchup. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Kettering Fairmont’s Roush Stadium.

The Silver Knights (9-2) are coming off a 55-28 first-round playoff win over previously unbeaten Cincinnati Country Day. Summit jumped out to a 41-7 lead, scoring on six of their seven first-half possessions.

“They are very athletic,” said WL-Salem coach Dan McGill. “They run their spread offense very well. Their quarterback is a dynamic player who frequently frustrates defenses. This will be as talented a team as we’ve faced all year.”

There are a couple of local connections to Summit Country Day. The Silver Knights played at Benjamin Logan in the opening week of the season, beating the Raiders 52-7.

Last season, SCD rallied to beat Triad 35-27 in the first round of the postseason. It was the program’s first playoff win after the Silver Knights were 0-5 in their previous five playoff trips.

Woods is tough to crack

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