VINCENT - After last Friday night, Warren is one up on Parkersburg South.
The Andy Schob-coached Warriors at least got on the scoreboard in their 42-6 setback to visiting Athens (3-0).
The Mike Eddy-led Patriots on the other hand got blanked 59-0 by Morgantown (3-0) at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
Photo courtesy Karen Lang-Henthorn
Warren’s David Ryan (11) catches Austin Klintworth’s pass for a touchdown against Athens last Friday night.
Both Warren and South will be looking to rebound from those lopsided losses in Vincent Friday at 7:30 p.m.
This is a winnable football game for the Warriors - and the Patriots.
In the last meeting on the gridiron between the two schools in 2011, South claimed a 10-7 decision.
Friday night's contest could be just as close.
"After not playing last year, these games are always tight and often very exciting to watch," said Warren head coach Andy Schob. "The last meeting South won in double overtime and the year before that Warren won by one. These games match up two very supportive communities that will provide another great environment for high school football."
So far this season, Warren is 1-2 overall with its only triumph (20-13) coming against Marietta High (1-2) at Don Drumm Stadium in Week 2 of the campaign.
The Warriors also lost to PHS, 51-40, in its season lid-lifter, before facing the Ohio Division 3, Region 9, No. 1-ranked Bulldogs last week.
"Despite last week's loss to Athens (also the No. 4 ranked team in Ohio, Div.3), we feel we have some positives to build on," Schob said. "Several players had outstanding games and our kids continue to battle on every play, regardless of the situation."
Athens had too many weapons in Joe Burrow, Trae Williams, and Ryan Luehrman to deal with. But just before the half, Warren quarterback Austin Klintworth passed 24 yards to tight end David Ryan for a touchdown.
The week before, Klintworth threw three TDs, two to Ryan, in the win against Marietta. The royal blue and white also had a good running game in Jake Scott, who rushed for 40 yards on 13 carries against Athens.
"After some early season injuries, we are starting to get healthier," Schob said. "Andrew Henthorn and Zach Clegg played sparingly last week but should be full go this week.
"Aaron Sealey and Tanner Huck should be cleared to make their season debut and provide depth in the backfield and at LB, and Zach Henthorn should be back after a Week 1 injury."
South (1-2) appears to be vulnerable to the run as it allowed nearly 300 yards on the ground to Morgantown. Warren should be able to pass, too, as the Patriot secondary gave up almost 200 yards to the Mohigans.
Defensively, Warren will need to put the stops to South's Brendan Schwendeman, a 5-10, 170-pound junior who gained 80 yards in 13 attempts against the Mohigans. The Patriots are expected to be quarterbacked by 6-1, 160-pound sophomore Garrett Gilkeson, whose primary receivers versus Morgantown were 6-2, 170-pound Trevor Boot and 6-0, 170-pound junior Alex Townsend.
"Parkersburg South is big and strong up front and has some talented skill players," Schob said. "Schwendeman rushed for over 400 yards in Week against Ripley, and Gilkenson is a very good athletic QB.
"They played a very talented Morgantown team last week, similar to our game with Athens, and I am sure they will want to bounce back as we want to do. Coach Eddy is a very good coach with a proven track record, who will do a great job at South."
After the Patriots, Warren is scheduled to play consecutive home games against Meigs (Sept. 28) and Jackson (Oct. 4).