Football coaches are demanding and have expectations for their teams carved in stone.
Most of all, they ask for good execution: running a play the way it's drawn up with all 11 players carrying out their assignments.
They also demand consistency, or at least hope for it. Northwestern Trojans coach Jimmy Wallace gets it early every game and has a good idea of what he's going to get.
And so do opposing coaches. Lots of passing, lots of points and a team that can score in scant second, only to come right back and do it again.
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That's Wallace's Trojans, an offensive machine that has posted a 14-0 record, the No. 2 ranking in Class AAAA and on Friday, a third straight trip to the Class AAAA Division II state championship game.
Northwestern faces Greenwood at 8 p.m. at USC's Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. And along with the trip goes a piece of consistency Wallace and his team hopes won't continue a third loss in the big dance.
"Different team, different players, different year," Wallace said on Monday at the state championship press conference in Columbia. "So no, I don't think coming back for a third straight year gives us an advantage.
"What happened last year and the year before is in the past. When you get here, the ultimate goal is to play well in all three phases of the game. Will past games in past years help us? I don't think so."
The pressure of playing for a state championship is alway immense, but if the Trojans continue what they've done on offense this season they could break the two-game slide and complete their first undefeated season since the school opened in 1971.
Northwestern's defense has been all over the board this season, bending at time and braking, bending at other times before putting up the brick wall.
The consistency has come for offensive coordinator Kyle Richardson's "Air Raid" passing attack, triggered by record-breaking quarterback Justin Worley. He has passed for 5,052 yard and 59 touchdowns this season, most ever in the state for both categories.
With his 73.5 percent completion mark and 182.49 efficiency rating, Worley's numbers are better than any quarterback in the NFL. And he's had the Trojans right on mark nearly every game.
Northwestern averages 41.2 points. The Trojans have scored 42 points five times, including a three-game stretch of wins over Gaffney, Clover and Rock Hill. They did the same in a season-opening win over South Pointe, Class AAA's No. 1 team in the state finals on Saturday.
They scored 41 three times, 45 twice and put a 49-spot on the scoreboard. And had games of 34, 35 and 36 points, more than enough to win most games.
"Coach Richardson does what he knows best and has a passion for the passing offense," Wallace said. "It works well because he makes sure our players get plenty of reps in practice. You have to have more than one or two receivers for it to be successful and I believe we have some good ones."
For the second straight week, Northwestern is facing a team that relies on the run and passes sparingly. It was Goose Creek last week, and after being caught and passed, the Gators found out it's hard to catch a throwing team that can score points in bunches.
Greenwood has four backs who have run for 587 yards or more and have accounted for 32 of the Eagles' 40 rushing touchdowns.
Leading the way is quarterback DJ Dunlap, with 734 yards and nine touchdowns. The running backs out of Greenwood's option attack are DJ Goodman (664, 9), Kevon Harrison (655, 8) and Ran Ethridge (587, 6).
Second-year Greenwood coach Gene Cathcart, whose late father played on Rock Hill High School's 1954 state championship team, has seen enough video of the Trojans to know there might have never been nor will there ever be a passing offense in this state as potent as Northwestern's.
He joked that he'd made a deal with Wallace that he'd throw on every down if Northwestern would run it tonight.
"As soon as we are finished here, we're going to jump in car and drive 85 (mph) all the way to Greenwood," he said. "We've got to back and watch some more video; figure out some way to slow down Worley.
"When you coach at Greenwood good things are expected to happen. If you are surprised by that success, you won't be here long. Greenwood has always played good defense, but we changed offense to fit our talent."
Good defense will be key if Worley is to be stopped. He had a quick release and works the ball around. Robert Joseph and BJ Boyd has been his top targets, but Worley has a crew of top -shelf receivers that includes Delvieon McCloed, Brandon Lewis and Stewart Hunt.
The puzzle for Greenwood is which of the five to devote the most attention to, or try to cover over and under. Regardless, Worthy has seen every defensive scheme imaginable and knows the drill.
"We practice at the same tempo that we play in games," he said. "BJ has stepped up big for us. But all of them are good and I'm fortunate to have so many receivers who can mae plays.
"This is a game we're all looking forward to. I've been here four years, and it would be good to leave with a championship. But we realize Greenwood wants it as much as we do."
Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia
(home team listed first)
Class AAAA DI
Greenwood vs. Northwestern, 8 p.m.
Class AAAA DI:
Byrnes vs. Dorman, noon
Dillon vs. Central, 3 p.m.
South Pointe vs. Myrtle Beach, 6 p.m.