Buffalo is seeking program history when it goes for its third straight Class A championship. The Bison, who have won 19 straight, haven't lost to a Class A team since an 11-9 setback at Wheeling Central on March 30.
The Bison, though, will have some competition in Class A, where all four competitors are ranked. In addition to Central, No. 3 Moorefield and No. 9 Man make for a challenging bracket.
Man, the Class A champ in 2008-09, was given some breathing room after moving out of Buffalo's regional because of reclassification. Moorefield was the runner-up last year while Central has won the most titles of any team in any class with eight, but none since 2007. The last time the Maroon Knights played in the title game was 2011 when they lost to Buffalo.
"The hard work they put in during the offseason, fall ball and in the summer, they're ready,'' Buffalo coach Darrell Moore said of his players. "I don't think they're overconfident. I'm tickled to death with them if they don't [win three state championships in a row]. The schedule they've played and come through?''
Wayne and 2011 champion Ritchie County are the cream of the crop in AA. The other contenders include No. 5 James Monroe, which hasn't been to states in 16 years, and No. 7 Petersburg, a first-time participant.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.