* Parkersburg High: The Big Reds initial scrimmage didn't go as planned.
PHS took its show on the road, traveling to Gallia Academy last Saturday to play a Blue Devils squad coached by former PHS defensive coordinator Mike Eddy.
The Big Reds went without the services of speedy junior running back Chandler Hamilton, who was sidelined with a concussion, then lost standout senior running back Adam Lindamood to a hand injury.
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Gilmer County head coach Jason Cunningham breaks the huddle with his team after the conclusion of a practice session.
That sent PHS into a passing mode and junior quarterback Aaron Roberts -who is expected to start the opener next Friday against Brooke - completed 8 of 11 passes for 175 yards.
Matt Santer, the Big Reds' top returning receiver, had four catches for 153 yards, scoring one touchdown and having another 70-yard TD reception called back due to penalties.
The Big Reds had a difficult time stopping Gallia's running game as the Blue Devils rushed for 362 yards on 46 attempts.
* Ravenswood: Who says childhood fantasies don't come true?
Certainly not Ravenswood High School football player Heath Burgess.
Growing up in the small Jackson County town, he served as a ballboy for Red Devil football games.
Like any other youngster, he dreamed of the day he would be on the field throwing footballs.
That day has come.
When Ravenswood opens the season next Friday night at Herbert Hoover, Burgess will be the starting quarterback.
Ironically, one of his targets this season, Thomas Sturm, also served as a ballboy.
* Wirt County: The Tigers continue practice this week and should get some solid looks come 10 a.m. Saturday when the orange and black welcomes Wahama and Ravenswood to Wilson-Eismon Field for their final scrimmage.
Wirt County went to Ohio last Saturday to take on Frontier and although coach Jason Hickman liked what he saw he understands the Tigers must get better. He also said the Cougars have improved vastly since their scrimmage last year.
"We just hope we can finish off drivers," said the coach. "We moved the ball pretty well against Frontier and didn't finish in the red zone. That's what we are looking for and staying healthy. That's the biggest thing."
A few of the Tigers have been slowed by injury and that includes top returning tackler James Ellison, who is slated to also start at right tackle on the offensive line.
"He's making good progress and he could play this week," Hickman said. "We are trying to debate what to do because we know what he can do on the field.
"If we play him it will be sparingly. We don't have any major injuries."
* Gilmer County: It appears as though the Titans of first-year head coach Jason Cunningham will open the season with a roster of 20. Conversely, rival Calhoun County and second-year head coach Michael Fitzwater, whose Red Devils invade Morris Stadium next Friday night, are expected to have 31 members.