Remember playing king of the mountain as a child?
There is only room enough for one to occupy the top of the heap.
In high school football for the state of West Virginia, the rules change. Three classes, three different teams who claim to be No. 1.
Imagine the hype when two of those three powers collide. Well, imagine no more.
Referring to the Daily Mail Football Poll, Week 2 of the regular season features several door-busters, including No. 1 South Charleston at No. 2 George Washington in Class AAA. But the one game in particular which has fans from the Mid-Ohio Valley buzzing takes place Friday in Williamstown when the Yellowjackets entertain Magnolia. Goliath of Class A versus Goliath of Class AA.
"What's good about this game is that the fans will be there - the place will be packed and it will be rocking," Williamstown coach Terry Smith said. "Our kids thrive on that. Or at least I hope they do."
The credentials on both sides are impressive. Williamstown is the defending state champion, while Magnolia finished as state runner-up after losing to Grafton in last year's title game.
Both programs made their debut atop their respective polls and did nothing to sway opinion in Week 1. Williamstown shut out Tyler Consolidated in the second half and defeated the Silver Knights 45-14. Magnolia took Tolsia to task - scoring two touchdowns on punt returns - and handed the Rebels a 61-0 shellacking.
Several tests still await Williamstown. The Yellowjackets have four additional games against ranked opponents, including a visit to Grafton on Oct. 9. Grafton, ranked No. 3 in Class AA, also meets Magnolia the final week of the regular season (Nov. 6).
Of course, every week counts. Yet, this battle between the Yellowjackets and the Blue Eagles goes a long ways in solidifying one's status as top dog in their class. At least until the next Friday night arrives.
Someone will lose, and that unfortunate one may or may not fall in the rankings - pending the margin of victory.
The last three meetings between the two programs have been decided by 10 points or less, including last year's game when Williamstown's Joe Palm kicked the game-winning field goal with just seconds remaining on the clock.
Last year's 25-22 defeat left Magnolia winless at 0-2. The Blue Eagles' resiliency then filtered through and they were able to win 10 of their next 11 games.
"When you're 0-2, your backs are against the wall," Magnolia coach Mark Batton said. "That game against Williamstown was a confidence builder for them. We stayed about our business and it was a tribute to our kids not to dwell on the previous two weeks."
With five wins in five tries against Magnolia, Smith's Yellowjackets have reigned supreme. But it doesn't mean the Blue Eagles won't stop trying to tackle the mountain.
"They've had our number for a few years and the kids are anxious to see what they can do," Batton said. "We know it is a steep hill to climb and we'll see how they perform."
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