PARKERSBURG -The only game in town.
That's the claim Parkersburg South can make come Friday night, when the Patriots open the 2012 football season at the Erickson All-Sports Facility against visiting Ripley.
South isn't just the only game in town, but it also is the only game in Wood County as Parkersburg High, Parkersburg Catholic and Williamstown all play their season openers on the road.
The Big Reds will travel to Wellsburg to meet Brooke in a game that will start at 7 p.m. Like South and Ripley, PHS and Brooke have become accustomed to opening the season against one another.
Williamstown also will head north, traveling to Kidwell to meet Tyler Consolidated in yet another game that will start at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Parkersburg Catholic will venture south, meeting Buffalo in a game that will start at the traditional 7:30 p.m. time.
Two Washington County teams will open at home as Belpre will take on Paint Valley at Ralph Holder Stadium while Warren will play host to Philo.
Opening Week Prep Grid Schedule
7 p.m. Friday
Parkersburg at Brooke
Williamstown at Tyler Consolidated
7:30 p.m. Friday
Ripley at Parkersburg South
Parkersburg Catholic at Buffalo
Paint Valley at Belpre
Ritchie County at St. Marys
Marietta at Morgan
Paden City at Clay-Battelle
Caldwell at Newcomerstown
Symmes Valley at Eastern
Fort Frye at River
Frontier at Shenandoah
Wahama at Fayetteville
Alexander at Federal Hocking
Doddridge County at South Harrison
Clay County at Roane County
Philo at Warren
Ravenswood at Herbert Hoover
Waterford at Miller
1:30 p.m. Saturday
Wirt County at Moorefield
7:30 p.m. Saturday
Magnolia vs. Linsly at Wheeling Island Stadium
Marietta will open on the road against its traditional opening week opponent, Morgan. Waterford will travel to Miller for a Tri-Valley Conference contest, while Fort Frye visits River and Frontier travels to Shenandoah in Pioneer Valley Conference games.
Other Ohio contests will see both Eastern and Federal Hocking open at home as the Eagles will entertain Symmes Valley while the Lancers play host to Alexander in a Tri-Valley Conference matchup. Meanwhile, Caldwell takes to the road, traveling to Newcomerstown.
In other West Virginia games: