"I've heard a lot of good things about Wayne County from our friends,'' she said. "I've said all along it's kind of bittersweet, but exciting. It's been a good run.
"If they do pass that streak, it's a good feeling. I wish them all the luck in the world. It will be real exciting for them. [But] I really thought it would have been beaten sooner than what it has been.''
Paula Eades pointed out a little-known fact about her husband and the Class of '72 he guided on the football field decades ago.
"What's so unique about that team,'' she said, "and nobody knows this except us, is that he coached those boys in the seventh and eighth grade in junior high, and then when they went on to high school, he went to the high school, too, to start coaching.
"They only had one football coach from seventh to 12th grade, and no losses through junior high and high school. They were 84-0-2 - never lost a football game. Roger had a real special relationship with those boys.''
Eades moved on to coach at Midland Trail when that school opened in the fall of 1976, and stayed through 1984. He quit coaching for a while, but then went back to Ansted Middle School and coached five more years.
After all those glorious seasons in the sun, you'd think that the one lasting memory for Eades would be the titles or the win streak. Not exactly.
"The thing I remember most about the entire thing,'' he said, "is how bad it hurts when you finally get beat. To me, that was the worst thing. It hits you hard when it finally happens.''
At the very least, Ansted gets to hold on to another, lesser-regarded record - a 42-game unbeaten streak (40-0-2 from 1970-73). Unless, that is, Wayne's run keeps revving after this season.
As for this weekend, Roger Eades doesn't plan on making the long trek to Wheeling for the state finals, and probably won't even listen to the game on radio.
"I'll probably [find out] when I wake up the next day,'' he said. "Usually, I go hunting on Saturday. But my wife said she'll be watching and listening.''
"He just takes one day at a time,'' Paula Eades said. "That's the way he lives his life.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
The state's top all-time winning streaks in prep football:
36 - Ansted (1970-73)
36 - Wayne (2011-active)
35 - Wheeling Central (2005-08)
32 - Mannington (1975-78)
32 - Martinsburg (2010-12)
32 - Bluefield (1967-69)