Wood County teams in vicinity for Week 9

PARKERSBURG -Wood County has plenty to offer in terms of high school football this weekend.

Tonight, both Parkersburg and Parkersburg South play at home, while on Saturday night at Stadium Field Williamstown makes the short commute to play Parkersburg Catholic.

Before the Class A programs invade Stadium Field, the Big Reds from Parkersburg play host to Class AAA fifth-ranked George Washington. The Patriots’ only loss in seven games occurred last week at Cabell Midland. A rash of injuries have hit the PHS camp, which enters the contest 2-5.

After experiencing a series of unforgettable setbacks last Friday at Brooke, Parkersburg South (2-5) returns to Erickson All-Sports Facility where it hooks up with a Greenbrier East (4-4) team which has lost three of its last four games.

No. 6 Williamstown (6-1) and No. 15 Parkersburg Catholic (6-2) may be nine spots apart in the rankings, but very little separates these two rivals. The two teams are similar in that the two starting quarterbacks – Jake Tracewell for Williamstown and Peyton Sturm for Parkersburg Catholic – lead their respective teams in rushing.

A total of nine games involving teams from the Mid-Ohio Valley will be played in West Virginia. St. Marys (7-0), which shares the No. 1 ranking in Class A with Madonna, celebrates senior night against South Harrison (2-5).

Small-school teams also in action involve Valley Wetzel (3-4) at Doddridge County (6-2); Wirt County (2-5) at Calhoun County (0-8); and Tyler Consolidated (3-4) at Ritchie County (5-2).

With St. Marys and Ripley awaiting Ravenswood (4-3) the final two weeks, the Red Devils needs to take care of business at home against Clay County (2-5), while Roane County (5-2) is in the same boat when it travels to Herbert Hoover (2-5).

Rounding out the area schools in West Virginia, Ripley (1-6) has a road trip awaiting at Lincoln County (0-7).

A total of four teams have the week off, including Magnolia (4-4), Wahama (7-1), Paden City (3-5) and Gilmer County (5-3).

Several area teams on the Ohio side of the river are seeking to get back on the winning track. Belpre (3-5) plays at Miller (2-6), Marietta (2-6) plays host to Dover (6-2); and Waterford (2-6) welcomes South Gallia (4-4).

After shocking Fort Frye last week, Caldwell (6-2) hits the road for West Muskingum (0-8), while Warren (3-5) tries to build off the momentum from last week’s win against Gallia Academy by meeting Portsmouth (2-6) in Vincent.

Rounding out the schedule are Federal Hocking (4-4) at Eastern (2-6); Fort Frye (6-2) at Shenandoah (1-7); and Frontier (4-4) at Monroe Central (5-3).