So what does Hurricane do for an encore after winning the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship?
"We look at the next game,'' said Redskins coach Jim Dagostine. "We don't care who we're playing, we don't care where it's at and we don't care what it's for. You get that result and move on from there.''
That mantra has served Hurricane well as it won its 17th straight game Saturday afternoon behind two goals from Felipe Thompson and another air-tight performance from the defense in dispatching Winfield 2-0 in the all-Putnam County title matchup.
A crowd of about 100 attended the showdown of Class AAA state-ranked teams at Andrew Jordon Field at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.
"One of the things I'm proudest of is as big and as much area [as] this conference covers, the two boys teams in the championship game are from our county,'' Dagostine said.
"I think that's pretty neat. But us and Winfield, we're part of a group of eight or 10 teams in our league and area, on any given day could beat each other.''
Undefeated Hurricane (17-0), which has surrendered just eight goals all year, solidified its hold on the top spot in the state coaches association rankings. The Redskins defeated Winfield 1-0 earlier this year.
"Is the pressure of where we're at getting to us?'' asked Dagostine rhetorically. "Who knows? Whatever is supposed to be, will be. I know [our players] wanted to win this. I'm very proud of my guys.''
The Redskins controlled play for most of the opening half, but had nothing to show for it until Thompson, a senior exchange student from Santiago, Chile, scored from the right post off a pass from senior Alex White for a 1-0 lead with 15:10 left before halftime. Thompson sent a laser into the net from midair after the ball took one bounce.