ST. MARYS, W.Va. - Something has to give here Friday night at Imlay Field when host St. Marys plays it first home game of the campaign against a Parkersburg Catholic squad which like the Blue Devils also sports a 2-0 record.
While the Crusaders are coming off 28-0 road shutout of Pocahontas County, St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote's team survived a tough contest in Elizabeth by tripping up Wirt County by a single point.
The Blue Devils accomplished that feat without tailback David Gray, who soon could return to action.
"Thankfully, our defense came through for us in a big way. What was so frustrating was being in the red zone and we were down there four times and we just didn't get the job done," said Mote, who noted the 1963 Blue Devil football team will be honored Friday evening.
"They (1963 team) went unscored upon and were undefeated. Those guys are about 68 now and this is their 50th year. We've never won a state championship at St. Marys High School and from my perspective they'd have to be considered the best team that's been through there."
A Colby Brode 60-yard TD strike from Michael Stout turned out to be the only score need for the Blue Devils, who got a combined 130 yards rushing on 36 attempts from Noah Spitzer and Jeremy Pratt.
"It's their first game at home and it will be a phenomenal atmosphere, which is always fun to go up to," said PCHS head man Jeff Campbell. "They got a real nice team this year and they are throwing the ball well this year.
"They are running the ball extremely well and their defense, they got 11 guys flying to the ball and it doesn't seem like anyone takes a play off."
The Crusaders have used the quickness of Peyton Sturm at quarterback and the power of fullback Kyle Bronski to move the ball. Defensively, linebacker Jake Boice had a team-high eight tackles last week.
"They are going to come out loaded to bear and we've got to weather the storm, take that and counter a little bit," Campbell said. "It will be exciting come Friday night, but we have to execute."
For the seniors in this game, which the Crusaders only have three, they've split the last two meetings. The Blue Devils won 20-7 last year and fell to PCHS in 2011 by a score of 20-14.
"They are going to come ready to go, no doubt in my mind," Mote said of the invading Crusaders.
"They are 2-0 and we just go to be ready to go ourselves and take of the opportunities that happen during the game."