CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When the high school football playoff pairings were announced last weekend, several coaches were at a loss for words when asked to describe their first round opponent.
With many matchups featuring uncommon opponents from different areas of the state, those coaches had to wait until viewing game film later in the week before they knew much of anything about their upcoming opponent.
That wasn't the case when the Class A first round pairing of No. 3 Wahama (10-0) and No. 14 Buffalo (7-3) was announced.
Those annual regular season rivals will square off for the second time in as many weeks when the Bison travel to face the White Falcons at 7:30 p.m. today at Point Pleasant High.
Wahama closed out the regular season with a 41-13 home win over the Bison in last weekend's regular season finale.
So while other coaches around the state are scrambling to put together a game plan for their first round opponent, the staffs at Buffalo and Wahama will simply try to fine tune the things that went wrong the week before.
"We're going to have some more time to film study in what they do in certain situations, so we're not going to just rewind and do what we did next week," Wahama Coach Ed Cromley said. "We'll try to fine tune what we did last week, so it will be a little different.
"We went into the last week's game with a lot of confidence and determination and I expect the same thing this week. They've got in their mind that they want to make some noise in this playoff run so I think we'll play on our tradition and our pride. I don't see a letdown one bit."
Buffalo Coach Mike Sawyer doesn't expect to see too many changes on the field this week either, but also isn't sure of the mental state of his team following last week's defeat.
"We know what they do and they know what we do, so they're won't be many surprises," said Sawyer, who's guided the Bison to the playoffs in seven of his 11 seasons at Buffalo. "We wanted to do a little better and get a home playoff game for once and it didn't happen. We'll just hope to regroup and hopefully we'll go up there and give them a game.
"We were kind of down last Friday night and the kids are going to respond one of two ways. They're either going to come out chomping at the bit and wanting another chance, or they'll come out defeated and we'll have to try to get their psyche back.
"We'll find out Friday night which one it is."
The key for the Bison in the rematch will be to slow the White Falcons' strong rushing attack.
Wahama tallied 331 rushing yards on 49 carries against Buffalo, led by Zack Wamsley's 145 yards, while Kane Roush added 97 yards and Crandall Neal 84.