Area high school football opens on Thursday

PARKERSBURG -Area high school football games can take in as many as three games this weekend when the 2013 season opens in both West Virginia and Ohio.

The first Mid-Ohio Valley teams to get under way will be Caldwell, which will meet Newcomerstown at 7 p.m. p.m. on Thursday at the Noble County Fairgrounds, and Federal Hocking, which will travel to Alexander for a Thursday night Tri Valley Conference contest.

As always, the majority of games will take place on Friday night, when several traditional opening-night rivalry contests will take place. That includes a pair of early LKC showdowns sending St. Marys to Ritchie County and Gilmer County to Calhoun County.

The only game that will take place at Wood County on Friday night will see Williamstown open at home against Tyler Consolidated.

Parkersburg South, meanwhile, will travel to Ripley, for what has become the traditional season opener for both teams. The Patriots and the Vikings both will witness the debut of new coaches as Mike Eddy will coach his first game for South and Dave Tennant will do the same for Ripley.

The other two teams from the city of Parkersburg both will play on Saturday night. Originally, Parkersburg High School was scheduled to meet Warren Local on Friday at Stadium Field, where Parkersburg Catholic was set to play a Saturday night against Buffalo.

With Stadium Field still undergoing repairs, Parkersburg has moved its season opener to Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta while Catholic’s temporary home will be Jackson Middle School Stadium in Vienna. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m.

Parkersburg’s Saturday game at Don Drumm will be the second game there this weekend as Marietta will open its season on Friday night there against visiting Morgan.

Also opening at home on Friday are Waterford, which will entertain Milller; Fort Frye, which will play host to River; and Frontier Local, which will play visiting Shenandoah at New Matamoras. Belpre will open on the road, traveling to Zanesville to meet Rosecrans while Eastern will makes it 2013 debut at Symmes Valley.

In West Virginia, Wahama will begin defense of its Class A state championship by entertaining Fayetteville on Friday night at Mason. Magnolia, considered one of Wahama’s chief competitors in the small school division, will entertain Linsly. Other Friday games include Wirt County playing host to Valley Fayette, South Harrison visiting Cline Stansberry Stadium to take on Doddridge County, Paden City opening at home against Clay-Battelle in a Mason-Dixon Conference game and Roane County traveling to Clay County.