Taking advantage of South Charleston's overzealous defense, Patriot quarterback Zach Phillips rolled left and threw to his right, hitting junior Chalmer Moffett. Moffett outran the defense to the end zone for a 14-6 Wheeling Park lead. Although the advantage was just eight points, the Patriots' converting a fourth down was crushing.
Wheeling Park scored on a Johnson 1-yard run, and a Geremy Paige 23-yarder with 8:23 left in the first half. The Paige TD came 54 yards and six plays after the first of two South Charleston lost fumbles.
"They have a good football team," Mays said. "Everybody said coming into the game about the upset, and all that. They're 9-1 for a reason. They're very good up front. Every game you go into, you think you have a shot. Tonight, we just got a little outmanned up front."
The knockout blow came on SC's next drive when Grier floated a pass into the hands of Wheeling Park linebacker Theo Blackston, who had clear sailing to the end zone for a 34-6 advantage with 5:26 left in the first half.
South Charleston got a touchdown with 7:47 remaining in the game to cut the lead to two scores, but Paige -- who had 148 yards on 11 carries -- then broke tackles on his way to a 62-yard touchdown.
The victory marked just the eighth time that Wheeling Park has advanced past the first round of the playoffs. The Patriots reached the postseason in 2011 and 2012, losing on the road in the first round both times.
Grier finished 21 of 35 for 275 yards and the one interception. Park's Phillips set the single-season school record for TD passes, finishing with two to give him 20.