PARKERSBURG -The reopening of Stadium Field at Parkersburg High School tops the list of high school football games on tap for Week 4.
The Big Reds played host to Warren on opening night at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta, but that didn't present the same feel as being on the turf at Stadium Field where Class AAA seventh-ranked Capital pays a visit tonight. The Cougars went for two points on the conversion in overtime to defeat Princeton last week and stayed unbeaten at 2-0.
PHS stands at 1-1 and meets its second straight top 10 opponent.
Just across the river in Vincent, Parkersburg South (1-2) makes the short commute to Warren High School. The Patriots are seeking to snap a two-game losing streak, while the Warriors (1-2) are trying to get back on the winning track following last week's loss to an Athens program which is rated No. 1 in Division 3, Region 9.
In a Tri-Valley Conference battle slated for Belpre High School, the Golden Eagles (1-2) must find an answer in stopping Wahama's offense which has averaged 57 points in its two wins this season. The White Falcons (2-1) line up against a Belpre outfit which suffered its share of sprained ankles to tailback Manney Tullius and fullback Matthew Colvin in last week's loss to Southern.
Another game of significance occurs in West Union where Doddridge County (3-0) welcomes Wirt County (1-2). At this point of the season last year, Wirt County defeated Doddridge County and the Bulldogs finished the season 6-4 - one spot from advancing to the postseason.
High school, college football schedule
(All 7:30 p.m. kickoffs unless otherwise noted)
Capital at Parkersburg
Parkersburg South at Warren
Wahama at Belpre
Parkersburg Catholic at Calhoun County
River at Magnolia
Wirt County at Doddridge County
Webster County at Roane County
Ritchie County at Braxton County
Gilmer County at Paden City
Southern at Federal Hocking
Waterford at Eastern
Marietta at Gallia Academy
Monroe Central at Caldwell, 7 p.m.
Bridgeport at Frontier, 7 p.m.
Fort Frye at Conotton Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Florida A&M at Ohio State, noon
Marshall at Virginia Tech, noon
Austin Peay at Ohio, 2 p.m.
WVU vs. Maryland in Baltimore, Md., 3:30 p.m.
Capital at Marietta College, 7 p.m.
Elsewhere in the Mountain State, Parkersburg Catholic (2-1) looks to take away the positives from last week's loss at St. Marys as it hits the road for Calhoun County (0-3). The Crusaders trailed by just six points in the third quarter before the Blue Devils ended the game with 23 unanswered points.
Rounding out the schedule in West Virginia, River (0-3) visits Magnolia (1-2); Roane County (1-2) hosts Webster County (0-3); Ritchie County (2-1) travels to Braxton County (0-3); and Gilmer County (2-1) makes the trek to Paden City (0-3).
Magnolia nearly produced a pair of 100-yard rushers with Drew Keller and Kage Rohde in last week's win against Tyler Consolidated, but the Blue Eagles coaching staff were able to rest their senior duo for the entire second half. Roane County wants to snap a two-game losing streak, while Ritchie County is finding its rhythm on offense following back-to-back 40-point efforts. A win at Paden City and Gilmer County will have matched last year's win total.
After throwing three interceptions in a loss to Williamstown, Marietta (1-2) attempts to rectify the passing department against a Gallia Academy (2-1) outfit which is padding the scoreboard at a 61.5-point pace the past two weeks.
Federal Hocking (2-1) crushed Hannan last week 60-0 behind a combined seven touchdowns from Delbert Crum and Peyton Seel, but now they meet a Southern (3-0) team which is gaining confidence as each week passes by.
With Trimble, Doddridge County and Federal Hocking on the schedule the next three weeks, a win this week is imperative for Eastern (1-2), which welcomes Waterford (1-2).
Rounding out the schedule on the Ohio side of the river are Monroe Central (1-2) at Caldwell (2-1); and Bridgeport (1-2) at Frontier (1-2). On Saturday, Fort Frye (3-0) make the road trip to Conotton Valley (1-2)