Week 3 of prep football will be entertaining
PARKERSBURG — Three of the four Wood County schools are in action this week as we enter Week 3 of prep gridiron action.
Mike Byus and his Parkersburg Big Reds (1-0) face their first big test of the season versus Capital (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. at University of Charleston Stadium in the Mountain State capital. The Big Reds can up their MSAC and overall record to 2-0 with a win, but it won’t be easy.
Jon Carpenter’s Cougars have taken it to the Big Reds since the renewal of the series in 2013. Capital is 4-0 against PHS, averaging 50 points per game on offense and surrendering just 20 on defense.
Shutting down Capital quarterback Kerry Martin Jr. should be priority number 1 for the Big Reds. The junior signal-caller is a dual-threat player with talent in both his arm and legs.
Meanwhile back in town, Parkersburg South and fellow Ohio Valley Athletic Conference member Morgantown meet in a 7 p.m. battle of 0-2 squads at Erickson All-Sports Facility. Patriot head coach Mike Eddy and his squad surely will be fired up as they run out on their home turf for the first time this season.
There is little doubt each team is hungry for their first win of the campaign.
Dropping to 0-3 isn’t advisable as the loser of this game comes dangerously close to needing to win out to make the 16-team playoff field in the 29-squad Class AAA.
Williamstown (1-1) takes on Marietta (2-0) in a 7 p.m. battle at Don Drumm Stadium after making the six-minute drive from the high school.
Terry Smith and his Yellowjackets enter the game with the plan to rid the taste from their mouth’s of last week’s game. The defense allowed Magnolia’s Hunter Partridge to roll up a school-record 360 yards rushing in a 45-30 loss to the Blue Eagles.
However, nothing gets easier for the run defense this week. The Tigers lineup talented rusher Dominic Vanfossen in the backfield along with first-year starting quarterback Corbin Alkire. Each have led the way for Josh Schob’s team on the ground heading into this matchup.
Parkersburg Catholic (0-2) was slated to take on St. Marys (2-0), but both schools agreed to a no-contest as Crusader head coach Lance Binegar only has 11 players available to him right now.
Over in Ohio, five-minute-away rivals Waterford (2-0) and Fort Frye (1-1) meet up in a battle of playoff teams from one year ago.
Eric Huck’s Cadets look to start a new win streak after Northridge snapped their 24-game regular-season winning streak with a 6-0 defeat last week.
They have to play a tough game as Eric McCutcheon’s Wildcats return a lot of talent, and are hungry to end a nine-game losing streak to the Cadets dating back to 2007.
Last year’s 35-14 loss against Fort Frye, the only blemish for Waterford on its’ regular-season resume, surely lingers in the back of the Wildcats’ minds as well.
Other local teams in action tonight include: Riverside at Ripley, 7:30 p.m.; Shadyside (Ohio) at Magnolia, 7 p.m.; Gilmer County at Wirt County (homecoming), 7 p.m.; Calhoun County at Doddridge County, 7:30 p.m.; Tygarts Valley at Paden City, 7 p.m .; Ritchie County at Frontier, 7 p.m.; Roane County at Clay County, 7:30 p.m.; Tyler Consolidated at Webster County, 7 p.m.; Belpre at Federal Hocking, 7 p.m., and Point Pleasant at Warren, 7 p.m.