ST. MARYS, W.Va. (WTAP) - The defending Class Single A State Champion St. Marys Blue Devils are back in the final 4 of the West Virginia High School Football Playoffs, ready to make another run at a championship.
The 10-and-1 blue Blue Devils are getting ready to take the long trip to the eastern border of the state on Friday to take on the East Hardy Cougars.
St. Marys has steamrolled through the first 2 rounds of the playoffs with impressive wins over 12th seeded Doddridge and 4th seeded Tug Valley
East Hardy comes in as the number 1 seed with a perfect 12-0 record that saw them battled down to the wire for a win over Williamstown and then they powered past Sherman a week ago.
Both teams have the benefit of experience against each other and n big game situations.
It's a case of role reversal for the Blue Devils.
Last year, when the these 2 teams met, the Blue Devils were number 1 and the Cougars were the underdog.
But this time, the Blue Devils are the underdogs and they embrace that role.
Blue Devils senior Tucker Dalrymple said,
"It gives us more of an edge. It gives us a bit of a confidence booster. It gives us more of a reason to play even harder. Being an underdog is kind of a smack in the face to you. It makes you want to play even harder. It helps us because we want to prove people wrong. We're always the underdog this year. People thought Doddridge was going to come and beat us. And we've had to give it everything we've had to prove peope wrong."