Monroe Central (1-2) is scheduled to travel to the Noble County Fairgrounds Friday night to take on much improved Caldwell (2-1) in a key early season Pioneer Valley Conference battle.
The Redskins have struggled in recent years against the PVC powerhouse Seminoles, having not tasted victory since 2005.
In that game some eight years ago, quarterback Logan Clark connected on an 89-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to Travis Thompson to give Caldwell a 7-6 victory.
Photo courtesy of Katie Parks
Monroe Central’s Bryan Duffy (32) stiff arms a River player during a game last Friday night. The Noles are at Caldwell this Friday night.
Ironically, Clark's younger brother Tanner will lead the Skins into battle Friday night as the sophomore quarterback has rushed for 319 yards and three touchdowns in the past two games to lead Caldwell to victories over both Buckeye Trail (21-13) and Bridgeport (27-7).
Fellow sophomore running back Bricker Lori rushed for 117 yards on 17 carries last week against Bridgeport while Tanner Baker has become Clark's primary target as the 6-foot-3 junior has hauled in 10 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown.
After getting off to an unusually slow start with season opening losses to Union Local (14-13) and Shadyside (35-20), head coach Jay Circosta's Noles rallied in a big way last week with a 47-0 shellacking of the conference rival River Pilots.
Levi Brown has paced the Monroe Central offense with 267 yards rushing on 28 carries while also pulling down four pass receptions for 60 yards. Brown has scored six touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season for the Seminoles including four times last week against River.
Curtis Nixon took over as quarterback for MC in Week 2 and the senior has responded by connecting on 20-of-31 pass attempts for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Cameron Jorris, the Seminole quarterback in game one, owns six pass receptions for 132 yards in the past two weeks.
Last year, Monroe Central edged Caldwell 15-8 in Woodsfield.
WATERFORD (1-2) AT EASTERN (1-2)
A pair of teams badly in need of a win will do battle Friday evening when Waterford visits Reedsville to scuffle with Eastern Eagles in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division encounter.
Both squads own victories over the Miller Falcons early in the 2013 campaign but have struggled mightily in its other two games.
Waterford defeated Miller in its season opener 20-12, but has been shut out in consecutive games by Federal Hocking (40-0) and Fort Frye (47-0) in the last two games.
Eastern, which knocked off Miller 28-12 in Week 2, has also been shutout in its two other games as the Eagles were blanked by Symmes Valley (20-0) and Wahama (54-0).
The schedule only gets tougher for both schools going forward, so a win Friday night is essential to stay in the TVC title chase.
Waterford will need a big game from freshman signal caller Issac Huffman, as well as running backs' Austin Lang (42 carries in 130 yards) and Jaret McCutcheon (32-75).
Eastern has been paced by running back Zach Scowden (29-156) through the first three games while quarterback Chase Cook and lineman Zach Bixby are other Eagle players that Waterford head coach Tom Tucker and his team will need to keep an eye on.
Last year in Waterford, Eastern rolled to a 39-6 victory over the Cats.
SOUTHERN (3-0) AT FEDERAL HOCKING (2-1)
After struggling in week one, Federal Hocking will look to stretch its winning streak to three games when it hosts the undefeated Southern Friday night in Stewart.
Head coach Phil Hoffman's Lancers were beaten soundly by Alexander (38-14) on the road in their season opener before regrouping to rout both Waterford and Hannan by scores of 40-0 and 60-0, respectively.
Fed Hock has been led of late by the outstanding play of seniors' Peyton Seel and Delbert Crum.
Crum has scored 40 points while Seel has scored 36 through the season's first three games, including 44 between them in last week's demolition of Hannan.
Seel has scored touchdowns in just about anyway imaginable including rushing, receiving, returns of punts, kick offs and interceptions.
Southern has featured one of the areas best defenses so far as it has allowed just six points in its three wins over River Valley (31-0), South Gallia (34-6) and Belpre (19-0).
In last week's win over the Golden Eagles, Southern running back Tyler Barton rushed for 139 yards on 25 carries, while quarterback Tristen Wolfe carried 10 times for 42 yards.
Last year, Federal Hocking doubled up on the Tornadoes 14-7 in Racine.
BRIDGEPORT (1-2) AT FRONTIER (1-2)
Bridgeport will go to war for the second consecutive week against a Pioneer Valley Conference school when it travels to New Matamoras to take on Frontier.
Last week, Bridgeport was defeated 27-7 by the Caldwell Redskins at home for its second straight loss.
The Dogs opened the season with a hard-fought 26-25 win over Columbiana, before dropping a 35-14 decision to Toronto in week two.
Last week against Caldwell, only a fourth-quarter 68-yard touchdown run by Jacob Ray prevented Bridgeport from being shutout.
Frontier looked impressive in Week 1 when it rolled to a 39-14 win over Shenandoah, but head coach Todd Bradford's Cougars have struggled since with losses to Steubenville Catholic Central (48-19) and Buckeye Trail (32-14).
Rodney Barnes has been a solid all around performer for Frontier as the junior has 192 rushing yards on 35 carries and 138 receiving yards on nine catches for a total of four touchdowns.
Quarterback Mitch Reynolds completed 15-of-30 pass attempts for 191 yards against Buckeye Trail.
The Cougars, who were limited to just 24 yards rushing against Trail in last week's loss, will look to revive a usually strong running game that features Jared Howell (24-150) and Dakota Welker (14-55) in addition to Barnes.
Last year, the Cougars chalked up a convincing 25-6 win over the Bulldogs in Bridgeport.
FORT FRYE (3-0) AT CONNOTTON VALLEY (1-2) 1:30 SATURDAY
Undefeated Fort Frye will look to stretch its regular season winning streak to 10 games Saturday afternoon when it visits Bowerstown to take on the Rockets.
Led by senior quarterback Chandler Lang, the Cadets have notched early season victories over River (23-17), Belpre (41-28) and cross town rival Waterford (47-0).
Lang has rushed for 266 yards on 43 carries, while completing 24-of-41 pass attempts for 342 yards and three touchdowns.
Seniors' Colten Shuster and Zach Pritchard have provided excellent support for head coach Eric Huck's Cadets.
Shuster averages over 10 yards every time he carries the ball (14-147) and nearly 18 yards every time he catches a pass (7-125), while Pritchard has accounted for 37 points on the young season for the Fort.
The Rockets own a Week 2 victory over St. John Central (12-6) sandwiched by losses to Strasburg-Franklin (50-12) and Malvern (43-8).
Key players for CV figure to be quarterback Colton Cottis, wide receiver Bryden Adams, and running back Kenny Fesiter.
MORGAN (0-3) AT MEADOWBROOK (2-1)
Morgan plays at Byesville Friday night looking for victory No. 1 as its goes up against the 2-1 Meadowbrook Colts in a non-conference battle.
The Raiders were competitive against Marietta as they dropped a 41-28 decision in their opener but have been outscored 101-7 in the two games since with losses to Tri-Valley (54-0) and New Lexington (47-7).
Morgan fourth-year head coach Nate Smith will look to get his offense back on track against the Colts.
Running back Jerome Mayle leads the Raiders in rushing through the first three games as the sophomore has compiled 111 yards rushing on 28 touches.
The Colts dropped a tough season opener to Shadyside (22-20) before rebounding with victories over Barnesville (35-6) and Shenandoah (29-13) in weeks two and three respectively.
QB Clay Lapp ran for three touchdowns in last weeks win over Shenandoah while quarterback Dalton Wiggins completed 13-of-20 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.
SHENANDOAH (0-3) AT SHADYSIDE (3-0)
If the winless Shenadoah Zeps are to get off the snide in Week 4, they will have to do so against a very tough team as they travel to Shadyside to battle the undefeated Tigers.
Shadyside has opened the season with big victories over Meadowbrook (22-20), Monroe Central (35-20) and Bellaire (46-29).
Despite dropping their first three games of the season while extending their losing streak to 13 games dating back to last season, the Zeps appear to be a much improved team this season.
Last week Shenandoah dropped a 29-13 decision to Meadowbrook after falling to Frontier (39-14) and Newcomerstown (41-19) in its first two games.
Running back Michael Vanfossen continues to be a bright spot for head coach Kaleb Lawrence's Zeps as the sophomore has rushed for 348 yards on 54 carries for three touchdowns.
Ethan McKee (24-60) has also accounted for three scores for Shenandoah.
The Tigers are huge up front as their offensive line averages a robust 268 pounds.
Last week against Bellaire, Shadyside ran at will behind that large line for 420 rushing yards, paced by quarterback Austin Dorris (20-165), and running backs Eric Howell (20-163) and Chris Littell (15-92).
Last season in Sarahsville, the Tigers roared to a 49-13 win over the Zeps.
TYLER CONSOLIDATED (0-3) AT ST. MARYS (3-0)
The St. Marys Blue Devils will look to increase their regular season winning streak to 11 games dating back to last season when they travel to Middlebourne to take on the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights.
The Devils own early season victories over Ritchie County (32-10), Wirt County (7-6) and Parkersburg Catholic (49-20).
St. Marys has been paced by Jeremy Pratt who has racked up 290 yards rushing on just 26 carries, while Noah Spitzer has scored 26 points in the first three games of the 2012 season.
Michael Stout has completed 11-of-25 pass attempts for 128 yards and a pair of scores for the Devils while Colby Brode leads the St. Marys receiving contingent with nine receptions for 227 yards.
The 2013 season has been somewhat of a struggle for the Silver Knights as they have suffered defeats at the hands of Williamstown (27-14), Doddridge County (26-12) and Magnolia (40-7).
Key players for the Knights include quarterback Jordan Baker, running back Jacob Highley, and receiver Swen Scheidemantel.
Last year the visiting Blue Devils scored a 64-20 win over the Silver Knights.
PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (2-1) AT CALHOUN COUNTY (0-3)
The Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders will look to rebound from their first defeat of the season when they travel to Mount Zion to take on the winless Calhoun County Red Devils Friday night.
Catholic suffered it's first defeat of the season last week at the hands of St. Marys (49-20) after opening the season with triumphs over Buffalo (42-12) and Pocahontas County (28-0).
The Crusaders allowed 485 total yards last week to St. Marys and will need to do much better than that to dispose of the 0-3 Devils.
Last week PC quarterback Peyton Sturm tossed three touchdown passes as the Crusaders were forced to put the ball in the air early and often after allowing three first quarter touchdowns to St. Marys.
Strum connected with Jake Boice for touchdowns of seven and 50 yards respectively and Kyle Bronski on a 32-yard scoring strike.
The Red Devils were in their first two games of the season as they dropped close games to Gilmer County (31-18) and Sherman (23-15) before getting blown out in week three by Doddridge County (45-8).
Key players for Calhoun County are quarterback Casey Ritchie, wide out Ethyn Miller and linemen David Overbay and Mason Sheldon.
Last year the Crusaders destroyed the Devils in Parkersburg 63-0.