PARKERSBURG -Unless you are a Parkersburg Catholic fan, your favorite high school football team will play its first game of the 2009 season this Friday night.
That's when every Mid-Ohio Valley football team -with the exception of the Crusaders -will open the regular season.
The first week of high school football in West Virginia and Ohio will provide a bit of everything from traditional rivalries to perhaps the making of some new ones.
Photo by?Jeff Baughan
The Williamstown Yellowjackets begin their defense of the first state football championship in school history on Friday, when Tyler Consolidated visits Williamstown.
Two of the three Wood County teams in action will be at home.
At Stadium Field, Parkersburg High School and Brooke will meet for the 20th time, but the first since 2004. Brooke is one of just a few teams that has an overall winning record against the Big Reds, having won 13 of the 19 previous meetings. PHS, coming off a 4-6 season a year ago after winning back-to-back state titles, will be honoring its 1999 state championship team, which went 14-0 a decade ago.
At Williamstown, the Yellowjackets will begin defense of the first state football championship in school history when Class AA Tyler Consolidated provides the opposition for the opener. Williamstown won last year's meeting between the two teams, 32-9.
Parkersburg South, looking to make the playoffs for the second straight season, opens on the road. The Patriots, who finished 8-3 last year, will travel to Ripley for the 2009 lidlifter. The Vikings finished 4-6 last year and have 23 seniors on the roster.
Three traditional season openers between long-time rivals are on tap at Ritchie County, which will entertain St. Marys; at Belpre, where Warren will provide the opposition. St. Marys beat Ritchie County, 53-6, in last year's opener, while Warren nipped Belpre, 17-10; and at Calhoun County, which welcomes neighboring Gilmer County. Last year, the Red Devils rolled to a 58-6 win.
In other games:
The Blue Eagles won last year's meeting between the two teams, 40-19.
Brooke at Parkersburg
Parkersburg South at Ripley
Tyler Consolidated at Williamstown
St. Marys at Ritchie County
Warren at Belpre
Gilmer County at Calhoun County
Tolsia at Magnolia
Herbert Hoover at Ravenswood
Scott at Roane County
South Harrison at Doddridge County
Valley Fayette at Wirt County
Paden City at Van
Morgan at Marietta
Newcomerstown at Caldwell
Federal Hocking at Monroe Central
South Gallia at Waterford
Shenandoah at Frontier Local
River at Fort Frye