Rumble on the River highlights Week 3

PARKERSBURG -Nearly a lifetime has passed since the last time Williamstown and Marietta met on the same football field.

That all changes tonight at 7 p.m. when the unbeaten Yellowjackets (2-0) make the short commute across the Ohio River and play Marietta (1-1) in the Rumble on the River at Don Drumm Stadium.

Marietta leads the all-time series 14-3, but Williamstown won the last meeting 14-6 in 1961.

The Tigers expect Anthony Kimbrough to return as the starting quarterback after suffering a sprained ankle during the first half of last week’s 20-13 loss to Warren.

Williamstown is also seeking caution on the injury front after two-way starting lineman Cody Smith injured his back in the early stages of the first quarter during last week’s 15-14 win against Magnolia. Smith, who recorded a sack during his brief appearance against the Blue Eagles, figures to be in the starting lineup.

“We knew he was off to a good start before he got hurt,” Williamstown coach Terry Smith said.

Also on tap for tonight, the other three Wood County schools will have their hands full. Parkersburg High (1-0) travels to Cabell Midland to meet the Class AAA fourth-ranked Knights, who are unbeaten at 2-0 and averaging 67 points on offense.

At Erickson All-Sports Facility, Class AAA second-ranked Morgantown (2-0) visits the Parkersburg South Patriots (1-1). The Mohigans are led by running back Chazzy Thomas, who is one of the top candidates of the Kennedy Award. Teammate Stone Wolfley, who is the son of former West Virginia University star Dale Wolfley, already has committed to play for the Mountaineers.

An intriguing matchup takes place at Imlay Field where Parkersburg Catholic (2-0) battles Class A fifth-ranked St. Marys (2-0). The Crusaders have outscored their opponents 70-12, while the Blue Devils own a 39-16 edge in their two wins.

Rounding out the rest of the games on the West Virginia side of the river, Roane County (1-1) is at Ravenswood (1-0); Calhoun County (0-2) hooks up with Doddridge County (2-0); Ritchie County (1-1) is at Clay County; Wirt County (0-2) seeks its first win when it hosts Gillmer County (2-0); Beallsville (1-1) travels to Paden City (0-2); and Magnolia (0-2) goes up against Tyler Consolidated (0-2).

On the Ohio side of the river, Class A third-ranked Wahama (1-1) tries to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Trimble when it travels to Reedsville to play Eastern (1-1). Closing out the schedule are Belpre (1-1) at Southern (2-0); Hannan at Federal Hocking (1-1); Caldwell (1-1) at Bridgeport (1-1); Frontier (1-1) at Buckeye Trail (0-2); Fort Frye (2-0) making the short jaunt to Waterford; and Warren hosting offensive juggernaut Athens (2-0), which is averaging 58 points per contest.