DANVILLE — “This,” Mikeal Owens-Wright said, warming up on the sidelines at Danville’s football stadium, scanning the jam-packed bleachers, “is awesome.”

The standout senior wide receiver was referring to a night when he and his teammates would finish the regular season 10-0 for the first time since 1999.

“This is amazing. This is a special night for the town, the team and our families,” Owen-Wright said. “It’s really exciting.”

The thousands in attendance — a sea of purple and orange under heavy coats on a chilly Friday night when the Ironmen dismantled Warrior Run 49-9 — agreed.

Take Danville resident Bill Corey.

He’s 84 and has been attending games for more than 60 years.

“You bet I’m excited,” Corey said. “There is only one problem here, and that’s I’m not sure we could beat Lewisburg.”

Corey is right about Lewisburg potentially being a Danville problem. While the Ironmen were celebrating their perfect season, so too were the Green Dragons, who ended 10-0 for the first time since 1981 by thumping Mifflinburg 27-0.

“Yeah, yeah,” Jamie DeGuzis, a 17-year-old Danville senior said of Lewisburg. “I know they will be 10-0, but this is Danville we are talking about. We can and will beat Lewisburg when we meet them.”

That is what the fans are hoping happens in a dream playoff match-up.

The scenario? Danville is the No. 1 seed, while Lewisburg is No. 2 in the District 4 Class AA playoffs.

Both teams would have to win their next two games, which would set up a 12-0 versus 12-0 district final slugfest on Thanksgiving weekend — in Danville.

“That,” said Kelsey Dietz, a Danville senior, “would be amazing. And it would be better because we would win.”

As fans crammed into the stadium, ticket collector Amy Moser, of Danville, said Friday night’s type of turnout has been evident all season.

“We have had big crowds all year,” Moser said. “We have the support of everyone in this town.”

Teachers, administrator and parents of the Danville Area School District braved the 40-degree weather to cap the perfect regular season.

Kristina Brady, employee of the district, said she wasn’t surprised at the filled bleachers.

“It doesn’t matter what the weather is, because people come out no matter what,” Brady said.

“This is very good for the kids, the school, the town and just everyone.”

Jen Gurski, assistant high school principal, was fascinated by the team’s perfection and said Ironmen pride is at an all-time high.

“I am thrilled to see this,” Gurski said. “The students have rallied behind this team and it is amazing to watch this take place.”

Wendy Sassaman, of Danville, said her son is a sophomore player on the varsity squad and she attended to just watch some football — and a historic moment.

“It’s the last home game this year so I wanted to come out and watch,” Sassaman snickered.

“And not to brag or anything, but we are going to be 10-0!”

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