"A lot of people misunderstand," Biser said. "They say, 'Oh, they're lining up in the wing-T,' but the wing-T isn't a formation. The wing-T is a state of mind, almost.
"It's an offensive style that is regimented and geared at picking up first downs."
Breaking an offensive drive into small increments and focusing on the 10-yard fight instead of a larger number of yards to reach the end zone has paid huge dividends for Wayne and Keyser. Having a big-play back like Pioneers senior Brandon Spurlock (5-foot-7, 180 pounds) turns into icing on the cake rather than a necessity.
Junior running back Danny Fife (5-9, 220) is Keyser's leading rusher, placing the Golden Tornado firmly in the ground-and-pound faction of wing-T adherents. Fife, better known for his play at linebacker, had 1,042 yards and 21 touchdowns on 158 carries in the regular season.
Another junior, Blake Ravenscroft (5-9, 145), picked up 925 yards on 97 carries in the regular season, and reached the end zone 11 times. Sophomore Garrett Crites (5-3, 130) carried 80 times for 642 yards and a score.
Spurlock has run for 1,859 yards and 25 touchdowns on just 127 carries this season, an average of 14.6 yards per carry. Wayne, which runs a more conventional version of the offense rather than its variants, also has seen impressive production from sophomore wingback Mason Hodge (6-0, 230). He has just 26 carries, but has gained 676 yards and scored 12 times.
Wayne has turned to the air more this season than in past years. Sophomore quarterback Grant Ferguson (6-2, 171) has completed 60 of 113 passes for 1,168 yards, 15 touchdowns and just one interception.
As with most offenses that rely on brawn, off-season conditioning and weight programs are vital, the coaches said.
"I know they have a premier off-season conditioning program up there. Coach Biser's doing a nice job with that," said Harmon, whose team beat the Golden Tornado 38-8 in the 2011 quarterfinals at Wayne.
"All their key cogs from that team are back, and the confidence that comes with winning consistently makes a situation where the more you do it the easier it becomes and the better you feel about it. They've come through their playoff bracket, won games and won convincingly. They know they belong, and they do."
Kickoff for the Class AA championship game is 7:30 p.m. Friday.