A victory this weekend would equal Ansted, and if Wayne wins its third consecutive title during the Super Six weekend in Wheeling, the state record would come with it.
One curveball in Wayne's bid came when its home base, Pioneer Field, became so chewed up during Friday's 48-7 victory over Sissonville - which came following three days of rain - that the Pioneers were forced to move this week's semifinal joust to Huntington High.
The other AA semi finds No. 3 Bluefield (10-2) at No. 2 Bridgeport (11-1) on Friday at 7:30.
The Class A semifinals feature a couple lower-seeded teams in one bracket and the two highest-seeded remaining teams in the other.
No. 14 Magnolia (8-4) travels to No. 7 Greenbrier West (11-1) for a 1:30 p.m. Saturday kickoff in a duel of giant killers. West knocked off No. 2 St. Marys Saturday, while the Blue Eagles have tamed No. 3 Valley Fayette and No. 6 Moorefield.
Dark horse Magnolia's four losses have come by a total of 17 points to teams with a combined record of 35-10.
In the other bracket, No. 4 Williamstown (10-2) travels to Weir High for a 7:30 Friday tilt with No. 1 Madonna (12-0).
Madonna exorcised one past demon on Saturday with a wild 77-50 victory over visiting Wahama, a game played in a steady snowfall in Weirton.
Blue Dons quarterback Ross Comis scored six touchdowns in the game and threw for another score. It was enough to take down the defending champion White Falcons (10-2), who got six scores from Kane Roush - three TD runs and three more on kickoff returns. Running back Elliot Nero added four scores for Madonna.
It made amends for a 43-42 overtime loss to Wahama in last year's Class A finals at Wheeling Island Stadium, but Comis downplayed the revenge factor.
"We talked about it,'' Comis said, "but I made it a point that this is nothing about revenge or anything. It was another step we had to take to get to the ultimate goal that we failed on last year.''
Wahama coach Dave Barr thinks the Blue Dons, who have been held below 33 points just once this season and average 49.2 points, will be a tough test for anyone the rest of the way.
"I told coach [Doug] Taylor I just think they are an excellent staff,'' Barr said, "and an excellent program. They've got great design offensively with Ross Comis and Eliott Nero.
"Nero deserves a lot of credit. He's a fantastic football player, too, and they're very big and they're very quick. All the right things at the right time for that program.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.