Keyser was 7-5 in 2011 and lost to state champion Wayne in the quarterfinals 38-8.
"Really I don't know if we're on schedule or ahead of schedule. We only have a few seniors on the team, but we're playing really well."
The Golden Tornado operates in the wing-T offense, but it's the team defense that has stood out, led by junior linebacker Danny Fife (5-9, 220).
"He's been starting since his freshman year. We were playing Wayne (in a regular season game) and we had some seniors in there that weren't getting the job done," Biser said. "We put Danny in and he's not come out since. He's a good ballplayer. He doesn't look like very much but he's a heck of a player."
* * *BRIDGEPORT'S FIRST foray into the Class AA playoffs since moving to Class AAA in 2004 is marked by some trepidation from second-year Coach Josh Nicewarner.
"If we figure out who we are we should be all right, but I've never been part of a team at Bridgeport that was so up one week and not the next," said Nicewarner, whose team reached the Class AAA playoff semifinals in 2011 before falling to George Washington.
In 2012, the Indians returned All-State running back Brett Hathaway to the fold but were forced to rebuild the bulk of their offensive and defensive lines. Hathaway, a senior, missed some time to injury in the regular season and has rushed for 910 yards and nine touchdowns.
The team took an uncharacteristic 25-0 loss at No. 2 seed Keyser in its final regular-season game on Oct. 26. The Indians (7-2) were scheduled to play Preston last week, but the snow resulting from Hurricane Sandy caused the cancellation of that game.
"We need to play," Nicewarner said. "We need to get back onto the field in a bad way."
The Indians have the No. 3 seed, and play host to No. 14 seed River View (6-4) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
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WYOMING EAST (7-3) visits No. 7 Scott (7-3) on Friday in the Warriors' first playoff appearance since 2008 (See story, page 1B).
The school's cross-county rival, Westside, missed out on a playoff spot when the Renegades (5-5) lost at No. 14 seed River View last weekend in their regular-season finale.
Westside opened in 2003, and the schools have combined for eight playoff appearances since. Coincidentally, they have never reached the playoffs in the same season.