PARKERSBURG - It's here!
The high school football season, with a few Thursday and Saturday exceptions, starts for the majority of area prep grid squads tonight.
With Parkersburg and Parkersburg Catholic forced to play elsewhere with Stadium Field still in the process of getting fixed up, tonight's spotlight falls on Parkersburg South, which travels to Ripley to take on the host Vikings at 7:30 p.m.
Both the Patriots and Ripley enter the new season with new head coaches, Mike Eddy from Gallia Academy replacing Jon Bolen for South and Dave Tennant from Eastern taking over for Jimmy Frashier at Ripley.
Saturday night at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta. PHS will tangle with Warren at 7:30 p.m., the same time Catholic will kick off versus Buffalo at Jackson Middle School in Vienna.
Also set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday is Belpre on the road at Zanesville Rosecrans.
Prep, College Football Schedule
(All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)
Parkersburg South at Ripley
Tyler Consolidated at Williamstown
Morgan at Marietta
St. Marys at Ritchie County
Valley (Fayette) at Wirt County
Gilmer County at Calhoun County
South Harrison at Doddridge County
Linsly at Magnolia
Clay-Battelle at Paden City
Roane County at Clay County
Fayetteville at Wahama
Miller at Waterford .
Shenandoah at Frontier, 7 p.m.
River at Fort Frye. 7 p.m.
Eastern at Symmes Valley
Warren vs. Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m, (at Don Drumm Stadium, Marietta)
Buffalo vs. Parkersburg Catholic, 7:30 p.m. (at Jackson Middle School, Vienna)
Belpre at Zanesville Rosecrans, 7:30 p.m.
William & Mary at WVU, noon
Miami (Ohio) at Marshall, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Ohio State, noon
Ohio University at Louisville, 3:30 p.m.
But back to tonight's games, Williamstown will entertain Tyler Consolidated and host Marietta will meet Morgan at Don Drumm, both scheduled for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs.
In 7:30 p.m. LKC matchups tonight, visiting St. Marys and Ritchie County clash at Ellenboro, Gilmer County and host Calhoun County square off in Mt. Zion, Doddridge County stays home to face South Harrison and Roane County is at Clay County.
Other West Virginia games tonight, all slated to begin at 7:30 p.m., are Valley (Fayette) at Wirt County, Linsly at Magnolia, Clay-Battelle at Paden City and Fayetteville at Wahama.
In addition in Ohio tonight at 7:30 p.m. are Miller at Waterford and Eastern at Symmes Valley, and 7 p.m. PVC tilts tonight are scheduled for New Matamoras as Frontier hosts Shenandoah and at Beverly, where Fort Frye battles invading River.