"It's kind of like a steel mill-type attitude there. We had the paper mill there and we had a glass plant and industry," Biser said, recalling his playing days. "It's just a hard-working area, and we kind of pride ourselves on that, and on Friday nights everybody comes out to watch football games.
"To be able to be from Keyser and come back to Keyser after being away then be the guy who's fortunate enough to be in charge when they end up making this leap is huge to me."
The Super Six has not been devoid of alumni coaching their alma maters with championships on the line. George Washington graduate Steve Edwards Jr. has guided the Patriots to the Super Six twice, in 2008 and again last year, when Point Pleasant graduate and Coach David Darst was also in the field.
Magnolia's Mark Batton won his alma mater's first state title since 1964 when the Blue Eagles claimed the Class AA crown in 2010, and Derek Christian coached St. Albans to a Class AAA runner-up finish in 2007. Wheeling Central graduate Mike Young has coached the Maroon Knights to five Class A titles.
A common trait of three of these coaches - and Biser makes four - is that they took over at their alma maters during low points for their schools and rebuilt those programs into successes. Only Batton and Young had much of a foundation to build upon.
"When I was in high school we didn't make the playoffs. We had some good teams but they didn't take as many teams as they do now," Biser said. "Then they kind of went through a dry spell. We were one of the smallest triple-A teams and we played Morgantown, Martinsburg, Jefferson, all those big schools.
"We've been close a couple times, but never made it this far. It makes it really special to me."
For the better part of the last 25 years, Keyser has been best known in the sports world as being the alma mater of former Major League All-Star first baseman and current ESPN analyst John Kruk, who was actually born in Charleston.
Should the Golden Tornado pull off an upset Friday night and the football-crazed town of Keyser have its championship drought ended, that perception - among Mineral County residents, at least - could very well change.