"That Magnolia game was crazy," Roush said. "Playing there during the daytime and winning the way we did, it was amazing."
Wilder things were still in the works. The state title game became the first championship football game to go to overtime in West Virginia since Morgantown's win over Nitro in the 2005 Class AAA championship, and just the fifth time a title game had gone to OT since the inception of the Super Six, in 1979.
"It was great. Winning made it that much better, of course, but I'd rather it was a close game than a blowout," Roush said.
"Madonna had a great team. That Ross Comis kid was amazing."
The Blue Dons' quarterback, Comis also returns as a senior this season. He accounted for all six of Madonna's touchdowns in the title game, with five of them coming via the rush.
"It feels great to be part of something that people will remember. Not just because we won, but it's a game people be say, 'Hey, you remember that Wahama-Madonna game? That was classic.' It's just great to be able to have that.
"Those two games - the game at Magnolia and the title game - there's no other way I'd have those games go. They were awesome."
Roush expects the momentum to carry over into 2013. The White Falcons return their complete offensive line from a year ago, he said, and newcomer Hunter Bradley has adjusted well to playing quarterback in the Wahama system after spending his first three years at Roane County.
"He's a little bit more of a pocket passer than Trenton (Gibbs) was," Roush said comparing Bradley to Wahama's quarterback the past three seasons. "But he's mobile. He can run with the ball too. I think his accuracy throwing the ball is going to be a big help to our offense."
Class A looks to have a glut of upper-echelon programs again dominating the state in 2013, with Wheeling Central, Madonna and Magnolia returning healthy portions of their starting lineups from a year ago.
Wahama is right there along with them, and for the first time has winning momentum on its side.
The team opens the regular season at home against Fayetteville on Aug. 30.
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