CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The glass slipper has fit both Magnolia and Greenbrier West perfectly thus far during the Class A playoffs.
When they meet at 1:30 p.m. today at Greenbrier East High School, the Blue Eagles and Cavaliers will be looking for a chance to waltz into next week's Super Six Class A state championship game against Madonna, which notched a 42-28 win over Williamstown Friday in the other semifinal.
The title game is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Wheeling Island Stadium.
No. 14 Magnolia (8-4) and No. 7 Greenbrier West (11-1) both came into the playoffs as long shots to make it this far. Magnolia beat No. 3 Valley 42-16 in the first round and No.6 Moorefield 37-7 in the quarterfinals, while West shut out No. 2 St. Marys 18-0 in the quarters.
These upsets may be surprising to people outside those locker rooms, but not to the coaches and players.
"We have been playing pretty well lately, especially the last three or four games," said West coach Lewis McClung. "Our defense has been playing pretty well. Anytime you are playing good defense then it gives you a good opportunity to win.
"This group of seniors has had a lot of success. They have won 42 games over the course of four years. They banded together [after a 27-20 loss to Summers County on Sept. 27] and they decided to put the team on their shoulders. They didn't want to experience another loss this year and they have done a great job so far."
Since the loss at Summers County, West has outscored its opponents 286 to 64 while winning seven straight.