The resurgent Caldwell Redskins will look to make it two wins in a row Friday night when they travel to New Matamoras to battle the Frontier Cougars in a Pioneer Valley Conference game.
After going winless in their first five games, the Skins picked up their first win of the year last week when they pulled off a 25-7 upset victory over the Barnesville Shamrocks, who came into the game with just one loss.
The Redskins have developed a very potent rushing attack over the past few weeks paced by senior Caleb Van Meter, junior Andrew Minosky, and freshman Bricker Lori.
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Waterford’s Hunter Munjas (22) looks to outrun a Fort Frye defender during action in Beverly on Sept. 7.
All three backs have produced 100-yard rushing games over the past two games.
Van Meter rushed for 164 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns against Barnesville, while Lori and Minosky have totaled 175 and 162 yards respectively in the last two games.
The Cougars' defense had been very solid through the first five games of the season before giving up 40 points last week to the arch-rival Fort Frye Cadets in a 40-6 loss.
Frontier will likely feature a much more balanced offense than Caldwell as quarterback Jordan Jefferson has passed for almost 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the last two games.
Cougar running backs' Taylor Merckle and Jared Howell are both capable of big games as is wide receiver Eddie Salazar.
Frontier will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and also even its PVC record at 2-2.
Last year in Caldwell, the Redskins rolled to a 60-6 victory over the Cougars.
WAHAMA (6-0) AT FEDERAL HOCKING (5-1)
The Federal Hocking Lancers made it five wins in a row last week with a dominating 56-0 victory over the South Gallia Rebels.
If the Lancers are to make it six in a row, they will have to defeat an undefeated Wahama White Falcon team Friday night in Stewart.
The Falcons come into the Tri-Valley conference Hocking Division tilt averaging no less than seven touchdowns per game while surrendering slightly over two.
Wahama has breezed through conference matchups with Trimble (25-12), Eastern (47-7), Belpre (47-20), Waterford (64-35) and Southern (35-7).
The Falcons are led by quarterback Trenton Gibbs, who has passed for 661 yards and rushed for 452 more while having his hand in no less than 13 Wahama touchdowns.
Running backs' Kane Roush (36-728) and Zach Wamsley (67-532) both have the chance to rush for 1,000 yards on the season while each back has 10 rushing touchdowns.
Quarterback Kyle Jackson was a perfect 7-for-7 passing last week in the Lancers' win against South Gallia while Delbert Crum paced Fed Hock in rushing with 105 yards on 12 carries.
A Lancer win would create a tie for the top spot in the division.
Last year in Mason, the Falcons dominated the Lancers 49-0.
MONROE CENTRAL (3-3) at SHENANDOAH (0-6)
Monroe Central head coach Jay Circosta had already been a head high school football coach for some 16 years when new Shenandoah head coach Kaleb Lawrence was born.
Friday night the coaching legend and the coaching rookie will do battle when the Seminoles travel to Sarahsville to meet the winless Zeps in a PVC contest.
The Seminoles will be looking to break a rare two-game losing streak after dropping back-to-back games to Fort Frye (27-0) and Magnolia (35-15).
Last week against Magnolia, the Noles gained negative rushing yards.
Quarterback Korey Lafferre connected on a 67-yard pass with Cameron Jorris and Levi Brown returned a kickoff 75 yards to account for the Monroe Central scoring.
The first six games have been quite a struggle for the Zeps as they have managed to score just 64 points, while allowing 245.
Last week, Shenandoah dropped a 48-14 decision to the PVC leading Buckeye Trail Warriors.
Trail led the Zeps 34-0 at halftime, before Shenandoah freshman Michael Van Fossen rushed for 120 second half yards and a pair of touchdowns to avert the shut out.
Last year in Woodsfield, the Seminoles defeated Shenandoah 21-7.
GREEN (3-3) at WATERFORD (1-5)
On homecoming night in Waterford, the Wildcats will host the Bobcats of Franklin Furnace Green in a non- conference contest Friday night.
Both teams will be looking to reverse its fortunes after disappointing losses one week ago.
The Wildcats were shutout 49-0 by Trimble, while Green fared no better as it dropped a 41-6 loss to Symmes Valley.
After defeating Miller 34-14 in Week 1, the Wildcats have dropped five in a row by combined scores of 231-68.
Wildcat running backs' Hunter Munjas (15-56) and Derek Brown (13-52) provided the majority of the offense in last week's loss to Trimble.
Green has wins on the season against the likes of Manchester (40-0), Millersport (38-26), and Northwest McDermott (33-15), while in addition to the Symmes Valley loss, the Bobcats have been beaten by Sciotoville (40-20) and Jefferson Township (40-6).
Last year in Franklin Furnace, the Wildcats edged Green by a score of 13-7.
BELPRE (1-5) at SOUTH GALLIA (0-6)
Both the Belpre Golden Eagles and the South Gallia Rebels will look to break losing streaks Friday night when the two do battle in a TVC Hocking Division game in Crown City.
The Rebels are still looking for that elusive first win of the 2012 season, while Belpre will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
Last week, the Eagles dropped a 48-20 decision to the Eastern Eagles, a game in which Belpre trailed 35-0 at halftime.
Running back Manny Tullius put together an outstanding final quarter for Belpre as the sophomore rushed for touchdown runs of 3, 34, and 47 yards respectively.
Freshman quarterback Tavian Miller has completed 29-of-80 passes on the year for Belpre for 499 yards and six touchdowns.
A year after going 7-3, the Rebels are winless on the season and are coming off of back-to-back blowout losses to Eastern (62-6) and Federal Hocking (56-0).
Key players for South Gallia include quarterback Landon Hutchinson, running back Ethan Spurlock, and wide receivers Kane Hutchinson and Shane Brumfield.
Last year in Belpre, South Gallia rolled to a 62-7 victory over the Golden Eagles.
JOHN GLENN (4-2) at MORGAN (1-5)
The Morgan Raiders will try once again for their second victory of the season as they host a very tough John Glenn Little Muskies team Friday night in McConnelsville.
John Glenn is coming off of a 28-0 shutout win over Sheridan and have won two of its last three contests.
The Little Muskies have also posted victories against Barnesville (30-0), New Lexington (30-9) and West Muskingum (61-7) while suffering defeats to Philo (24-0) and Maysville (14-10).
The Raiders pulled off a Week 2, 21-0 win over Union Local, but have dropped their last four games to Sheridan (35-13), Philo (35-0), New Lexington (41-6), and Tri Valley (62-7).
Justin Head continues to pace the Raider offense as the 240-pound junior running back has now accumulated 756 yards rushing on 118 carries and three scores on the season.
Dakota Westfall (30), Kody Driggs (23) and Grant Krigbaum (20) lead the Raiders defense in tackles.
Last year in New Concord, the Little Muskies came up with a 28-13 win over Morgan.
PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (2-4) at SOUTH HARRISON (3-2)
The Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders have their work cut out for them if they plan to make a playoff appearance for the 18th time in the last 19 years.
The Crusaders will look to take the next step towards their post season goal when they travel to South Harrison Friday night to battle a tough Hawk team.
The Hawks have playoff hopes of their own after downing Calhoun County (42-0) last week in dominating fashion.
South Harrison has losses on the season to Williamstown (49-7) and Doddridge County (22-12), while coming up with victories over Gilmer County (14-0) and Tygarts Valley (47-18) in addition to Calhoun County.
Key players the Crusaders will need to control include quarterback Cole James, running backs Austin Glaspell and Ben Alyestock, and receiver Hunter Hitt.
Catholic is led by quarterback Peyton Sturm, wide receivers Mitch Davis and Nick Roedersheimer and running back Charles Schrinner, who has tallied 350 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
Last year in Parkersburg, the Crusaders defeated South Harrison 44-19.
CALHOUN COUNTY (2-4) at ST. MARYS (4-1)
The St. Marys Blue Devils will carry a whole bunch of momentum into their Friday night clash with Calhoun County after a huge victory last week over Williamstown.
The Devils' 22-17 win over the Yellowjackets marked the first time that St. Marys had defeated Williamstown in more than a decade.
St. Marys got outstanding performances from running backs' David Gray and Noah Spitzer in a game that saw the Devils down 14-8 at halftime.
Gray rushed for 87 yards on 18 carries, while Noah Spritzer rushed the ball 17 times for 75 yards and touchdown.
St. Marys is currently ranked eighth in the West Virginia Class A rankings and would love nothing more than to win out to have a chance at a first-round home playoff game.
Calhoun County got off to a great start with victories over Gilmer County (38-30) and Sherman (46-26) before dropping their last four games.
Key players for the Red Devils include quarterback Logan Moore, tight end Mason Sheldon, and wide outs Nathan Peck and Joe Richards.
Last year in Mount Zion, St. Marys scored a convincing 42-20 win over the Red Devils.