MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- With a lopsided score - especially on a cold and blustery night -- fans usually begin heading for the exits after halftime.
Valley led 40-0 at the break and by 54 points in the third quarter, but the homestanding Greyhound fans weren't about to leave early, no matter the conditions.
Because they wanted to be there at the end to witness history for the school's football program.
The Greyhounds clinched their first perfect regular season by dominating Gilmer County 60-20 at on senior night at Martin Field in front of a lively crowd of about 800.
With the win, Valley (10-0) likely secured the No. 3 seed for the Class A playoffs. The date and time for the Greyhounds' first-round playoff game will be determined during Sunday's coaches' meeting at the Secondary School Activities Committee offices in Parkersburg. Valley Coach Benny Hopkins said the game will be held at University of Charleston Saturday.
Hopkins, the Valley coach since 1979, was at a near loss for words on what his Greyhounds accomplished with the undefeated regular season.
"I don't think it has sunk in yet, but it sounds good," Hopkins said. "It probably won't until about Sunday. We have a good football team. It feels really good."
The players were equally as proud of their historic accomplishment.
"This is a big moment," said Valley senior Keyshawn Payne, who led the Greyhounds with 109 yards on 10 carries. "I'm so happy. This is my senior year. It feels great. We have been working really hard and that is how we got here."
Valley dominated in all three phases from the opening kickoff, scoring while running the ball, recording three special teams touchdowns, and limiting the top passer in Class A -- Gilmer County's Austin Cunningham -- when it mattered most.
Greyhound quarterback Raeshawn Breckenridge started the scoring, taking his opening offensive possession and capping it with 25-yard touchdown run and throwing the 2-point conversion pass to make it 8-0.
Valley scored twice more in the first quarter on running plays. Payne pounded it in from 1 yard out and Donte Wilkerson added a 3-yard TD run and the Greyhounds led 24-0 heading into the second quarter.
Things went from bad to worse for Gilmer when Valley's Brad Higginbotham blocked and recovered a punt for another Greyhound TD, and suddenly it was 32-0 with 11:06 left until the half.
Breckenridge added a 5-yard TD run later in the quarter and Valley led 40-0 at half. The Greyhounds had outgained the Titans 232-0 and limited Cunningham to just 35 passing yards, sacking him four times.
"Seth Harmon must have had five sacks," Hopkins said. "Coming into the football game, what we had to do was we had to get (Cunningham) moving some. We couldn't let him sit back there because he can throw the ball. We put the pressure on him and it showed up."
Cunningham, the top passer in Class A, got things going in the second half, finishing with 297 yards on 22 of 42 passing with three TDs and no interceptions, but the damage had already been done and the game long out of reach.
Valley's second-half scores came on a Wilkerson 48-yard punt return, a Henry Barron-Houchins 46-yard run, and an 85-yard kickoff return by Dylan Sargent.
"We have got the running backs and Druw Bowen has done a heck of a job at receiver," Hopkins said. "When you have Donte, Keyshawn, Raeshawn and those guys, it's been fun. We have four guys that can really run."
Gilmer County 0 0 12 8 -- 20
Valley 24 16 20 0 -- 60
Valley -- Raeshawn Breckinridge 25 run (John Riddle pass from Zack Wilkerson)
Valley -- Keyshawn Payne 1 run (Breckenridge run)
Valley -- Donte Wilkerson 3 run (Henry Barron-Houchins run)