CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- From the opening kickoff of Saturday's Braxton County-Sissonville Class AA showdown, it was evident neither team wanted to be sitting at home today wondering "What if?"
One team would knock on the other team's door in the first half, and the other would reply by putting up a "Not Welcome" sign, resulting in a scoreless first half.
But when the final minute ticked off the clock, it was Braxton that had made itself quite welcome in Sissonville's end zone.
Trailing 14-13 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles reeled off 24 straight points to defeat Sissonville 37-14 Saturday night at Laidley Field and secure a postseason spot in next weekend's Class AA playoffs.
"We could tell that we were wearing on them up front," said Braxton County coach Matt Rollyson. "We just continued to pound the ball and you could tell it was taking a toll on them. [Sissonville] went from a four-man front to a five-man front, but we were still able to continue to run the ball inside."
Most of that running damage was done by Jacob Yanero, who rushed for 236 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns. Yanero also scored on a 2-point conversion and threw for two more scores.
"We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a physical game," Yanero said. "Our line has been under some scrutiny this year, but they did excellent tonight.
"I have always wanted to be [in the playoffs]. I always wanted to be the guy scoring the touchdowns to get there. This is just an indescribable feeling."