PARKERSBURG - The only ticket in Wood County this coming Friday night will be at the Erickson All-Sports Facility when Parkersburg South tries to finish the first half of its campaign at 4-1 when undefeated University (4-0) visits.
The Patriots of head coach Jon Bolen escaped a tough game this past Friday night with a narrow 29-26 road win at Musselman as Patriot Jordan Quiocho's 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter put Parkersburg South ahead for good.
Wood County's other three prep football teams are all on the road Friday.
Parkersburg will try to climb back above the .500 plateau when the Big Reds visit winless St. Albans, which just lost 17-14 to Nitro as the Wildcats snapped an 18-game losing streak.
Williamstown will try to make it two wins in a row when head coach Terry Smith's gang travels to Flinn Field to take on Ravenswood, which just had defending Class AA state champion Wayne score a Pioneer record 84 points against the Red Devils.
Also, Parkersburg Catholic travels to Elizabeth to take on Wirt County, winners of three straight after the Tigers lost their opener at Moorefield.
Prep Football Week 5 Schedule
Parkersburg (2-2) at St. Albans (0-4)
University (4-0) at Parkersburg South (3-1)
Williamstown (2-2) at Ravenswood (2-1)
Parkersburg Catholic (1-2) at Wirt County (3-1)
Federal Hocking (3-1) at Belpre (1-3)
Marietta (1-3) at River View (1-3), 7 p.m.
Warren (1-3) at Meigs (1-3)
Wahama (4-0) at Waterford (1-3)
Ritchie County (2-2) at Doddridge County (3-1)
Tyler Consolidated (0-4) at Calhoun County (2-1)
Wheeling Central (3-1) at Magnolia (3-1)
Gilmer County (1-3) at Buffalo (2-1)
Paden City (0-4) at Hundred (0-4)
Roane County (2-2) at Braxton County (2-2)
Ripley (2-2) at Woodrow Wilson (3-1)
Beallsville (0-4) at Frontier (2-2), 7 p.m.
Monroe Central (3-1) at Fort Frye (2-2), 7 p.m.
River (2-2) at Caldwell (0-4), 7 p.m.
South Gallia (0-4) at Eastern (2-2)
While the White Falcons of Wahama head man Ed Cromley will look to improve to 5-0 with a road game at Waterford, one of the most-anticipated battles come Friday night will take place in New Martinsville when Magnolia clashes with defending Class A state champion Wheeling Central.
Gilmer County finally gave first-year head coach Jason Cunningham his initial victory after soundly defeating Paden City. However, the Titans will be facing a much tougher task on Friday night when the squad from Glenville hits the road to take on Buffalo and star quarterback Levi Jordan. Paden City, meanwhile, will get another opportunity to taste victory against a winless opponent as the Wildcats tangle with host Hundred in a showdown of 0-4 programs.
Three other Little Kanawha Conference contests dot the slate as Ritchie County heads to Doddridge County, Roane County visits Braxton County and Tyler Consolidated, now 0-4 and still in search of its first triumph, visits Mt. Zion to take on host Calhoun County.
In a Mountain State Athletic Conference affair, Ripley will try for its third straight win, although the Vikings will have to do it at 3-1 Woodrow Wilson.
After going winless during the 2011 season, a large group of seniors for the Frontier Cougars have things going in the right direction. Head coach Todd Bradford's Cougars knocked off Bridgeport last week to improve to 2-2 and will have the opportunity to be above the .500 mark at the halfway point of the season if they can upend visiting Beallsville (0-4) Friday night.
Other action in the Buckeye State this Friday night includes Federal Hocking at Belpre, Marietta at River Valley, Warren at Meigs, Monroe Central at Fort Frye, River at Caldwell and South Gallia at Eastern.