PARKERSBURG,W .Va. -- The opening round of the West Virginia high school football playoffs saw new ground broken all over the state.
Class AAA contenders Spring Valley and Lewis County picked up the first playoff wins in their school histories, while Class AA Nicholas County did the same by beating host Ritchie County.
In Class A, No. 7 East Hardy scored more points on a Wheeling Central team than the Maroon Knights had every given up in a playoff team, dispatching the two-time defending champions 60-34.
First-round winners met Sunday at the Secondary School Activities Commission offices to set times and dates for quarterfinal games, which begin Friday.
"That's huge, not just to go on and keep playing this year but for the future of the program," Spring Valley Coach Brad Dingess said of the eighth-seeded Timberwolves' 31-7 rout of No. 9 seed Wheeling Park.
"It just kind of changes the whole mindset for offseason expectations and everything like that. You can't talk about state championships until you start winning playoff games," Dingess said.
Spring Valley (8-3) had been winless in nine playoff appearances since the school opened in 1998 as a consolidation of Ceredo-Kenova, Buffalo (Wayne) and Vinson high schools.
Much longer-running was the playoff drought broken by Class AAA No. 11 seed Lewis County (9-2). The Minutemen claimed a 24-23 upset win over No. 6 seed University (8-3) in Morgantown on Friday night.
Lewis County opened its doors in 1966 but rarely had qualified for the postseason until Coach Eddie Vincent arrived in Weston in 2007. Since then, the Minutemen have reached the playoffs three times.
Vincent, who coached Buckhannon-Upshur to playoff berths in 2004 and 2005, said his team has experienced a string of new highs in 2012.
The Buccaneers are 15-55 since Vincent left that program.