Both players have opportunities to continue their careers in college - Wamsley is headed to Concord to play, while Spurlock is weighing the chance to compete at West Virginia State against accepting a job offer. A nagging hamstring injury could figure into his decision.
But no matter which path they choose, they can take satisfaction in knowing they've helped elevate their respective high school football programs from cursed to first.
Once upon a time, the Pioneers were scorched in title-game losses to Bluefield (69-24 in 2004, 27-7 in 2009), but are now unquestionably the dominant team in double-A, ripping off 23 straight victories, a streak that will carry over into the 2013 season.
"It just feels awesome,'' Spurlock said. "Wearing the 'W' on my helmet coming up here feels awesome, representing Wayne. We had a pretty good season. I wouldn't play for any other team in my career. I'm glad I'm playing on this [South] team, but it feels really good to be representing Wayne.''
The White Falcons, on the other hand, had only played in the state finals once before, losing to Wheeling Central 28-14 in 2010.
Shiny records certainly weren't the problem, as the White Falcons have now posted three straight 10-0 regular season marks and carry a 31-game regular-season win streak into next fall. But by beating Madonna, they answered all the questions about their Ohio-based Tri-Valley Conference schedule, finally proving to the doubters that they belonged.
"It definitely wasn't easy,'' Wamsley said. "I think it wasn't a good thing, but going all the way to the championship game my sophomore year made me really realize what it takes to win it. It made us work that much harder, and since we were seniors, we had those leadership positions and we pushed all of our teammates, and we got it done.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.