PARKERSBURG -Two weeks have passed since their last game, so imagine how anxious Parkersburg and Parkersburg South are as Week 10 of the high school football season gets into full gear tonight.
Both schools have playoff hopes on their agenda.
Parkersburg South (5-3) returns to Erickson All-Sports Facility for the second of three straight home games to end the regular season. The Patriots from the Mid-Ohio Valley welcome the 5-3 Patriots from Wheeling Park.
Across town, Parkersburg High (4-4) is approaching its final two games with a playoff mentality. Both games, starting with South Charleston (5-4) at Stadium Field are must-wins in order to advance into the postseason. Same goes for another Wood County program as Williamstown (4-4) travels to Ellenboro to meet a 6-2 Ritchie County squad which has won five straight.
Another marquee matchup has Wirt County (6-2) playing host to Roane County (5-3) in Elizabeth. The last two meetings between the two Little Kanawha Conference programs have been decided by five points or less.
Also team trying to strengthen its resume is St. Marys, which is 7-1 after racking up six consecutive wins. The Blue Devils' opponent at home is a 2-6 Ravenswood program trying to snap a six-game losing streak.
Tonight's High school football games
(All 7:30 p.m. kickoffs unless otherwise noted)
South Charleston at Parkersburg
Wheeling Park at Parkersburg South
Williamstown at Ritchie County
Parkersburg Catholic at Gilmer County
Roane County at Wirt County
Ravenswood at St. Marys
Steubenville Central at Magnolia
Tyler Consolidated at Braxton County
Paden City at Valley Wetzel
Calhoun County at Clay County
Wahama at Miller
Marietta at Zanesville, 7 p.m.
Logan at Warren
Belpre at Waterford
Frontier at River
Southern at Eastern
Federal Hocking at Trimble
Caldwell at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.
Saturday's High School games
Fort Frye at Bishop Rosecrans, 7 p.m.
Southern at Eastern, 7:30 p.m.
Baldwin-Wallace at Marietta College, 1:30 p.m.
Charleston at Glenville State, 1:30 p.m.
Ohio at Miami (Ohio), 3:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State, 5:30 p.m.
UCF at Marshall, 8 p.m.
Off this week: High school - Ripley, Doddridge County. College - WVU.
Also in the playoff mix are Class A programs Magnolia (7-1) and Wahama (8-0). The Blue Eagles welcome Steubenville Central Catholic (6-3) to New Martinsville, while the White Falcons seek to put the finishing touches on an unbeaten season against their Tri-Valley Conference counterparts when they travel to Corning to play Miller (1-8).
Rounding out the slate of games featuring area teams from the Mountain State: Parkersburg Catholic (4-5) at Gilmer County (2-6), Tyler Consolidated (2-6) at Braxton County (5-3), Paden City (1-8) at Valley Wetzel (1-8), and Calhoun County (2-7) at Clay County (4-4).
Headlining the schedule for the Ohio side of the river is a matchup pitting Federal Hocking (6-3) and Trimble (8-1) in Glouster. The Lancers still are mathematically alive for a playoff berth in their region.
Teams playing their final game for the 2012 campaign are Marietta (1-8), which travels to Zanesville (8-1); Warren (3-6) playing host to Logan (2-7); Belpre (3-6) hooking up at another 3-6 program in the form of Waterford; Frontier (4-5) going on the road to play River (6-3); and Caldwell (1-8) appearing in Sarahsville against Shenandoah (0-9).
On Saturday night, Fort Frye (7-2) is at Bishop Rosecrans (7-2) and Southern (3-6) goes to Eastern (4-5).