Matt Miles, left, and Tim Alcon

Homer-Center players Matt Miles, left, and Tim Alcon celebrated the Wildcats’ 20-14 win over Steelton-Highspire on Friday in Hollidaysburg. The Wildcats advance to the PIAA Class 1A championship game.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With huge smiles and radiating pride, the Homer-Center Wildcats reveled in the fact that their story is etched into the history books forever.

Now, there’s just one more chapter to be written.

Homer-Center took its Cinderella season to the next level Friday night, beating perennial power Steelton-Highspire, 20-14, to advance to the PIAA Class 1A championship game.

“It’s been a blast,” senior Mike McCracken said. “This journey with all these great people, our community getting behind us, it’s just been a blast. The journey’s not over. We have one more game.”

The Wildcats are the first football team in The Indiana Gazette coverage area to play for a state title in the 30-year history of the PIAA playoffs. They joined Purchase Line (1990), Laurel Valley (1993), Penns Manor (2011) and Ligonier Valley (2016) as the only local teams to play in the state semifinals.

“There’s just no words to describe it,” senior Austin Perry said. “I don’t even know. We just keep winning, and it feels great. No other team in Indiana County had made it as far as we have, and I can’t believe it.”

Homer-Center’s stout defense, physical play on the line of scrimmage and rushing attack paved the way to an incredible victory for the second straight week.

The Wildcats trailed 7-0 at halftime, but came out strong in the third quarter and held a 12-7 advantage going into the final 12 minutes.

They faced a crucial fourth-and-2 late in the game and converted when Jesse Lee picked up the 2 yards — and 30 more — on his way to the end zone for a 20-7 lead with 3:15 to play.

The Rollers answered with a 77-yard touchdown on their final possession, but Homer-Center recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory and a trip to the PIAA title game.

“It’s amazing to be the first team from Homer to make it to the state championship,” senior Dakota Sunday said. “To come out and play like we did. … I don’t even know how to describe the feeling we have. I don’t think it’s set in yet.”

The Wildcats (13-1), the District 6 champions, now look to put a fitting title on their storybook year when they face Jeannette (14-1), the WPIAL champ, Thursday at 1 p.m. at Hersheypark Stadium.

“We’re trying to ride the wave with some momentum here,” coach Greg Page said. “Again, we’re going to be playing a really good Jeannette team. I know that, I’ve read about them, I’ve admired their program for a long time, but we’re going to enjoy this one for a couple days.”