CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sissonville has not played host to a playoff game since the Indians beat Ritchie County in the 1994 Class AA semifinals.
That game - a 21-20 win that sent Sissonville to the first Super Six to take place in Wheeling - was at Laidley Field, not at the Indians' regular digs at Joe Sawyers Field in Sissonville.
With a win tonight at struggling Braxton County (1-8), Coach Eddie Smolder's third Sissonville (8-1) squad can virtually assure itself of what will be the first true home playoff game in the 78-year history of the school.
Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. in Flatwoods.
Sissonville senior fullback Dominic Walker leads the Indians with 1,234 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He ranks fourth among Class AA players in rushing and third in scoring. Quarterback Nathan Miller, also a senior, has completed 58 of 108 passes for 976 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions, and junior receiver Houston Hill ranks sixth among the class in receiving yards. Hill has 576 yards and seven TDs on 28 catches.
Senior Chase Oney leads the Eagles with 505 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sissonville, which has not been to the playoffs since 2007, had a chance to end its playoff drought against the Eagles in the 2012 season finale, which was coincidentally also at Laidley Field. Braxton County won that game, keeping the Indians out of the 16-team playoff field.
The Eagles have since undergone a coaching change, as former coach Matt Rollyson left the program following the 2012 season. Rob Cline is in his first year leading the program.
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