PARKERSBURG -The Game of the Year.
That overused term seems quite appropriate to describe Friday night's Little Kanawha Conference showdown that will take place at Imlay Field in St. Marys.
That's where the 4-0 Blue Devils will entertain 4-0 Williamstown in a game that in all likelihood will decide the LKC's Class A championship.
Last year, St. Marys registered a 22-17 road win. This year, the Yellowjackets would like to return the favor and beat the Devils on their home field.
The Williamstown-St. Marys game tops the Mid Ohio Valley's high school football menu for week 6, which won't witness a Friday night game taking place in Wood County. That's because Parkersburg South is idle, Parkersburg High travels to South Charleston for a Mountain State Athletic Conference game and Parkersburg Catholic will celebrate Homecoming at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Stadium Field against Doddridge County, another matchup of two ranked small school programs.
Actually, there are three huge LKC games on tap as Friday night also will witness a Class AA matchup at Flinn Field in Ravenswood where the Red Devils will play host to visiting Ritchie County.
This Week's Prep Grid Games
7:30 p.m. unless noted otherwise
PHS (2-2) at South Charleston (3-2)
Belpre (1-4) at Eastern (2-3)
Williamstown (4-0) at St. Marys (4-0)
Ritchie County (4-1) at Ravenswood (2-2)
Ripley (0-5) at Nitro (1-3)
Calhoun County (0-5) at South Harrison (1-3)
Marietta (1-4) at Cambridge (2-3), 7 p.m.
Tygarts Valley (0-4) at Gilmer County (3-2)
Barnesville (1-4) at Caldwell (3-2), 7 p.m.
Paden City (1-4) at Cameron (2-3)
Buffalo (0-5) at Tyler Consolidated (1-4), 7 p.m.
Fort Frye (3-1) at Frontier Local (3-2), 7 p.m.
Wahama (4-1) at Southern (5-0)
Federal Hocking (3-2) at South Gallia (3-2)
Trimble (5-0) at Waterford (1-4)
Jackson (2-3) at Warren
Monroe Central (3-2) at Magnolia (2-2)
Doddridge County (4-1) at Parkersburg Catholic, 1:30 p.m.
Idle teams: Parkersburg South (1-4), Roane County (3-2), Wirt County
In the Mountain State Athletic Conference, Parkersburg High will hit the road to take on South Charleston in a matchup of two-loss teams. South Charleston is coming off a Friday night overtime loss to Capital, the team that spoiled Parkersburg's re-opening of Stadium Field by blasting the Big Reds, 55-20.
Two struggling MSAC teams will meet at Nitro, where the Wildcats will be looking for their second win of the season against visiting Ripley, which finished the first half of the season winless.
Other games involving West Virginia teams will witness Calhoun County visiting South Harrison, Tyler Consolidated entertaining Buffalo, Paden City traveling to Cameron, Magnolia playing host to Monroe Central, Wahama facing a tough road test at undefeated Southern and Gilmer County playing host to winless Tygarts Valley.
In Ohio games, Belpre will make the short trip to Reedsville to take on Eastern, Marietta will make the longer drive to Cambridge, Caldwell will take on Barnesville at the Noble County Fairgrounds, Federal Hocking travels to South Gallia, Waterford plays host to Trimble and Warren Local entertains Jackson.