CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Wahama advanced to the Super Six two years ago, the moment may have been too big for the Mason County school, which opened in 1925 and was making its first appearance in the championship game.
The White Falcons ended up losing to Wheeling Central 28-14 in a competitive contest, but the seeds were sown and have sprouted into a confident bunch that returns to Wheeling Island Stadium to face fourth-seeded Madonna (12-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Class A title game.
There will be no surprises this time for the No. 3 White Falcons (13-0), who have several starters back who played in the title game against Central.
"I heard one of the kids that had been there talking to a freshman or sophomore saying this will be the longest game you've been in because of the [media] timeouts,'' said Wahama coach Ed Cromley. "Just how the flow of the game goes. They're helping the others get oriented instead of getting up there and figuring it out on the run.
"The kids are taking it in stride and not getting overtaken of the novelty like they did the first time we were there.''
The White Falcons have that experience stockpiled at key positions with seniors Trenton Gibbs (quarterback), Zach Wamsley (wingback) and Crandale Neal (wingback). Those three also start on defense.
Gibbs has passed for 1,151 yards with 13 touchdowns against five interceptions and is the team's third-leading rusher with 576 yards and seven scores. Wamsley is the second-leading ground gainer with 1,141 yards with 20 TDs. Neal has 596 yards rushing with seven scores and six catches for 200 yards for a 33.3-yard average and four TDs.
Kane Roush, a junior, leads the team in rushing with 1,607 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Wahama has won 31 straight regular-season games, going 10-0 each of the past three seasons. Those seasons have allowed the White Falcons to fly deep into the postseason, allowing those players to get comfortable in big-game situations.