20th BACF Football Classic set for tonight

MARIETTA – Game No. 20 in the BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) Ohio vs. West Virginia Football Classic series takes place tonight at Marietta College’s Don Drumm Stadium. Kickoff is set 7 p.m. with W.Va. holding a 12-7 lead in the cross-river, state against state rivalry.

The outcomes pretty much ran in cycles for the first 10 years, with a pair of three-game win streaks for Ohio and one for West Virginia.

But in a seven-year span from 2005 through 2011, the W.Va. squad was dominant, claiming six wins in seven meetings. That is until Ohio rose up with a vengeance last year to post a 48-0 victory.

The shutout win not only tied the BACF football game single-team scoring mark of 48 by West Virginia in 2003, but also was the largest winning margin ever in the game’s existence, bettering the 36-point blankings by Ohio in 2000 and then by W.Va. just two years later in 2002.

The two teams bring full rosters in tonight’s fray, in which all proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help find a cure for this debilitating disease, thus the BACF motto – “It’s not just a game, but a battle for a cure.”

West Virginia has 33 senior players from a dozen high schools, led by Doddridge County with six, followed by Ritchie County with five, four each from Wirt County and Tyler Consolidated, three apiece from Parkersburg South and Ravenswood, and two from both Parkersburg High and St. Marys.

On Ohio’s 30-player roster, also representing 12 schools, are four each from Fort Frye and Warren, three apiece from Marietta, Frontier, Federal Hocking and Monroe Central, and two each from, Belpre, Waterford, Eastern and Morgan.

Head coaches for tonight’s contest are Doddridge County’s Bobby Burnside for West Virginia and Fort Frye’s Eric Huck for Ohio. Each has his own staff as assistants for the game.

All tickets for the game are $5 each, and can be purchased at the gates tonight.

The inaugural BACF Football Classic was played in 1994 at Don Drumm, with W.Va. winning 10-7. Stadium Field at Parkersburg High School has hosted the game the most – nine times – while it’s been played three times each at Warren High School and at Ralph Holder Stadium in Belpre, and once at both Parkersburg South’s Erickson All-Sports Facility and at Williamstown.

Tonight will be the third time Don Drumm has played host to the BACF football game.