CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Buffalo's football program has done some great things over the past few seasons, but this year, the Bison wants to finish what it started.
It gets that chance beginning Friday when Buffalo travels to Mason to take on Wahama (9-0), one of just five remaining unbeaten teams in the state and the current No. 3 seed in Class A.
Buffalo, the No. 10 team in Class A, has been ranked among the state contenders in recent seasons, only to stumble at year's end.
In 2010, the Bison stormed out to a 7-1 record, only to drop its final three games. Then last year, a 6-1 start was soiled by a 1-3 finish. On each occasion, Buffalo lost a first-round playoff game on the road.
So coach Mike Sawyer knows his team would like to reinforce this year's 7-1 start with a big effort on Friday. The Bison fell on the road to Symmes Valley (Ohio) last week 21-20, giving even more reason to shrug off its late-season blues.
"A main reason for that is that most of our hardest games have been at the end of the year,'' Sawyer said, "and we haven't come out on the winning end of those games. Then we're going into the playoffs the last two years on a down note - and that's not the way you want to go into it.
"So it makes Friday big. Plus, we want to play a home game [in the first round of the playoffs]. If we lose, we'll be going on the road. There's another incentive.''
Beating the White Falcons will prove to be difficult, as they have several potent options on offense.