Way back in July, when high school football teams across West Virginia began their preseason workouts, the players, coaches and fans of many of those squads had one goal in mind - to have the opportunity to play the final game of their season in Wheeling during the first weekend in December.
Members of the Weirton Madonna team have achieved that goal and stand just one win away from another West Virginia Class A championship.
The Blue Dons and their fans will be looking for that last win Saturday in Wheeling Island Stadium when they meet Wahama at 7 p.m.
Championship games are nothing new to Madonna. The Blue Dons have played in the Class A title game three times since 2005. They claimed the championship in 2009 with a 27-0 victory over Man.
This year's edition of the Blue Dons has proven it can win any type of game it plays in - by scoring a lot of points on offense or coming up with the big defensive plays at the right time, such as in last week's 20-14 double-overtime victory against Tucker County in the semifinals. It's all added up to a 12-1 season and a date against the 13-0 White Falcons in Wheeling.
That toughness, though, should come as no surprise to any Madonna fan. As second-year coach Doug Taylor said earlier this week, "Right now, they know they are good enough to win the state title."
We hope so, and wish the Blue Dons the best of luck Saturday.