"We've played a lot of playoff games since then,'' said Cromley of the school's first trip to Wheeling. "The experience leading up to that for those sophomores now seniors and those other guys who have stepped in, it's more normal for us. I think they've been very good experiences for us. Everybody kind of expects it to happen again. It's very difficult to get to the Island.''
Wahama defeated host Magnolia 10-7 on a last-second field goal in the semifinals last weekend. The White Falcons beat Greenbrier West 22-13 in the quarterfinals and disposed of Buffalo 38-0 in the opening round. West and Magnolia were Class AA schools last season.
The White Falcons have faced a multitude of different offensive looks and styles the last three weeks. Buffalo presented a spread formation while Greenbrier West was strong and powerful on both side of the ball and Magnolia relied on raw speed.
"We've gotten a variety of play the last three weeks that I think will prepare us to play at a higher level,'' Cromley said. "We've been real fortunate with injuries and not having any problems. I felt like we've come out of that a positive.''
So do all these experiences finally add up to a title?
"Maybe,'' said Cromley. "It's hard to tell. You have to go out there and play better than Madonna does, and that's going to be a tough team. Most people haven't done that this year.''
You can bet, though, that Wahama won't be overwhelmed with the task at hand.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.