Several rivalry games on tap for Friday

PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg South’s home opener, a meeting of Class A powerhouses at Williamstown and a pair of showdowns both in the Little Kanawha Conference and Washington County will highlight next Friday night’s Mid-Ohio Valley high school football schedule.

Parkersburg South, which handed first-year head coach Mike Eddy a win in his Patriot debut Friday night at Ripley, will entertain Linsly at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. The Patriots rode the running of junior Brendan Schwendeman -who rushed for a school record 410 yards -to a 47-35 win at Ripley while Linsly rallied for a 14-7 win over Magnolia at New Martinsville.

Speaking of Magnolia, the Blue Eagles will be out to even their record when they visit Williamstown, who opened with a 27-14 win over Tyler Consolidated. The Yellowjackets managed to win despite losing six fumbles in the contest thanks to quarterback Jake Tracewell, who rushed for 72 yards and a TD and threw for 121 yards and a pair of scores. Tyler Consolidated, which was led by Jacob Highley’s 154-yard rushing performance. Tyler will play host to Doddridge County on Friday. The Bulldogs are coming off a 20-6 win at South Harrison that saw Wyatt Ford rush for 138 yards and a score.

Highlighting the Little Kanawha Conference will be a Class A game and a Class AA contest that could go a long way toward deciding who will contend for the league title. Wirt County, which stumbled in its season opener, 14-8, to visiting Valley Fayette, needs to bounce back in its home game against St. Marys, which looked impressive in a 32-10 win over Class AA Ritchie County, a game that saw the Blue Devils rush for 321 yards. Ritchie County, meanwhile, will entertain Roane County, who parlayed the talents of the May brothers -Cody and Tyler -to a season-opening 28-13 win at Clay County.

Also in the LKC, Gilmer County, coming off a 31-18 win at arch-rival Calhoun County thanks to a 220-yard four-TD effort by quarterback Austin Cunningham, will entertain South Harrison while Calhoun, which got a pair of TD passes from Logan Moore, will venture outside the league to take on Sherman.

Ravenswood, which took off opening week, will make its debut at Flinn Field against visiting Webster County.

Washington County’s two biggest schools, Warren and Marietta, will renew their rivalry on Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium, where the Tigers opened their season with a 41-28 win over Morgan behind the running of Austin Jones and the passing of John Henry. Meanwhile, another all-Washington County battle will take place at Belpre where Fort Frye, a 23-17 winner over Ripley, will meet Belpre, coming off Saturday’s game at Zanesville Rosecrans.

Other Ohio contests will see Frontier, a 39-14 winner over Shenandoah, entertain Steubenville Central, Federal Hocking make the short trip to Waterford, Caldwell visit Buckeye Trail and Eastern travel to Miller. Trimble will visit defending West Virginia Class A state champion Wahama, which began defense of its title with a 69-26 blasting of Fayetteville.

Paden City, a 41-6 loser to Clay-Battelle, will visit Van, while Ripley tries to bounce back from its loss to South at Point Pleasant.

In the only Saturday game, Parkersburg Catholic makes the long trip to Pocahontas County for a 1:30 p.m. contest.

Parkersburg High is taking the second week of the season off.