Clashes between winning teams define week

PARKERSBURG – Although Mid-Ohio Valley high school football teams will participate in 21 games next Friday and Saturday, only two of those contests will pit a pair of teams with winning records.

One is a Little Kanawha Conference game and the other involves an LKC team involving an out-of-conference school.

At Glenville, Gilmer County will entertain Doddridge County in a matchup of 4-2 teams that will give the winner a giant boost toward a Class A state playoff berth. Meanwhile, at Ellenboro, 4-2 Ritchie County will meet 5-1 Lincoln in a Class AA contest that also has playoff implications.

All four Wood County teams will be in action, two at home and two on the road. On Friday night, Parkersburg South, which should be rested and ready following a bye week, will entertain John Marshall at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. Meanwhile, Parkersburg High will make its second straight trip, this time to Beckley, where the Big Reds will meet the Woodrow Wilson Flying Eagles in a matchup of 2-3 squads.

Williamstown, fresh off its first loss of the season on Friday night to top-ranked St. Marys, will make the long trip to New Manchester to face Class AA Oak Glen, which still is looking for its first win.

Meanwhile, Parkersburg Catholic will continue its march toward the Class A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday when the Crusaders entertain Little Kanawha Conference rival South Harrison at Stadium Field.

The only other LKC contests will witness undefeated St. Marys traveling to Mt. Zion to meet winless Calhoun County and Ravenswood, fresh off a big win over Ritchie County, traveling to Braxton County. Wirt County, seeking its second win, will entertain winless Buffalo in a non-league game, while Roane County, trying to qualify for the Class AA playoffs, will entertain Tolsia at Spencer.

Other games involving Mountain State schools will see Ripley look to start a winning streak when it entertains South Charleston and Magnolia play host to Weir in a battle of 3-3 teams who ill can afford another loss.

In a 1 p.m. Saturday game, Paden City will travel to Conotton Valley, Ohio.

Also in Ohio, two Washington teams will play at home as Belpre, coming off its second win of the season, will entertain South Gallia at Ralph Holder Stadium, while Fort Frye, which is looking good in its quest to make the playoffs, will play host to Buckeye Trail at Beverly.

Washington County teams hitting the road on Friday night include Mareitta traveling to Zanesville to meet winless Rosecrans, Frontier Local venturing to Caldwell for a 7 p.m. Pioneer Valley Conference game, Waterford traveling to Franklin Furnace to meet Green and Warren visiting East Liverpool. Also in the Buckeye State, Eastern will visit undefeated Trimble and Federal Hocking will travel to once-beaten Wahama, the defending West Virginia Class A state champion.