BLUEFIELD — That 9-0 record? Forget about it. Chris Harris has.

A new season begins Friday when top-seeded Bluefield (9-0) plays Roane County (5-5) in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.

While the Beavers enjoyed another undefeated regular season, their 11th in school history, Harris — a lineman for the Beavers — said there’s “plenty more to do” before the shoulder pads are put away.

“The way we see it, we’re basically zero-zero. We’ve got to win or go home,” Harris said. “Basically, we’ve got to get our mindset focused so we can win, and go upstate again.”

Bluefield enters as the top-ranked Class AA team in West Virginia, and one of two undefeated squads, along with 10-0 and second-seeded Wayne.

The Beavers, which will host the Raiders on Friday at Mitchell Stadium, are looking for their fifth trip to Wheeling and the state championship game in the last six years. A string of four straight trips was snapped last season when Bluefield dropped a 15-14 decision to Tolsia.

Since that game, according to Harris, the Beavers have been working on getting back to this point in the season.

“With any team, you’ve got to have 11 guys who are willing to give their all for the team to win,” Harris said. “So we work basically all year ’round to get better and get faster and get stronger.”

While Bluefield knew it was playoff-bound, the Raiders were the 16th seed, getting in on a tiebreaker with Winfield.

Don’t expect the Beavers to take Roane County lightly.

That’s not the Beaver way. They’re the first opponent in what Harris hopes is another trip to Wheeling.

“We know that everybody’s going to give their all. I mean, the man beside you is going to give his all, and they know what they’re doing at their position, so there’s no letdowns,” Harris said.

“To get back to the championship game in Wheeling will require “hard work and leadership, that’s the exact thing.

The Raiders, led by quarterback Josh Drake and defensive standouts Brad Parsons, Eric Jarvis and Chris James, defeated Ritchie County last week 41-27.

Roane County has scored 18.6 points and allowed 22.2 points a contest this season.

The winner of Friday’s contest will play either Keyser (7-3) or Chapmanville (7-3) in next week’s state quarterfinals.

—Tom Bone contributed to this report

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