CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Every high school football program enters the season with hopes of qualifying for the playoffs in their respective classes.
Earning a home playoff game is usually considered a bonus.
Given the way the second half of the season unfolded for the Scott Skyhawks, hosting a playoff game may or may not be considered a plus.
After opening the season with six consecutive wins, the Skyhawks ended the season with three losses in its final four games, including three straight losses at home.
The No. 7 seed Skyhawks (7-3) have another chance to regain their home mojo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, when they host No. 10 Wyoming East (7-3) in a first-round Class AA matchup.
Scott has earned a playoff spot in eight of the last 10 seasons and will host its first playoff game since 2008.
"I hope it brings a lot of excitement," Scott Coach Shane Griffith said. "Unfortunately, we've dropped a few in a row at home. We understand that we need to get that momentum back with our home crowd, but I hope that bringing the playoffs back to Scott High School, with our turf field, and all the energy that's available for us there, that we have a lot of energy Friday night.
Entering the contest with a healthy roster should help the Skyhawks' cause, Griffith said.
"We've got to get our offense clicking again. We've had some injuries and when you have injuries you're timing seems to get off kilter. We've healthy again so that will help us. The key for us is to score some points early and get some believe back in our system," said the coach.
Running back Robert Bias reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the Skyhawks' regular-season finale, a loss to Class AAA Logan. The junior has carried 152 times for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cameron Loftus has 729 yards on the ground and nine TDs, while Tristan Crone leads the team with 10 rushing scores. Quarterback Cody Brown has completed 38 of 77 passes for 500 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Griffith also hopes his team can stop a recent trend losing early in the playoffs and work its way through the later rounds.