Point Pleasant plans on still not losing, while Wahama and Hannan have high hopes of winning more than just twice.
Those are the subplots for the Ohio Valley Publishing area’s three Mason County football teams in 2017, as season schedules for Point Pleasant, Wahama and Hannan have been announced.
There are 11 regular-season weeks with West Virginia high school football, as most statewide squads have filled their 10 spots for next season.
While Point Pleasant plays five different schools from last year, Wahama — again — has bookend non-league bouts sandwiched around an eight-game league slate.
And, this season, Hannan has a full 10-game schedule.
All three Mason County clubs’ schedules can be found at www.wvssac.org on the web.
For the Point Pleasant Big Blacks, which went 11-1 last year and advanced all the way to the Class AA state quarterfinals, they enter this campaign as owners of a 43-game regular-season winning streak.
In fact, that is the longest such streak in the entire Mountain State.
However, it’s going to be seriously challenged right off the bat in the opening two weeks.
The Big Blacks’ first four bouts this season are different from last year — when they defeated Lincoln County, Ripley, Gallia Academy and Logan (W. Va.).
Quite different to be exact, as PPHS will open the season at home on Aug. 25 against defending Class AA state champion Mingo Central.
Then, in the first of three consecutive road shows, the Big Blacks travel to James Monroe — which shut them out (21-0) in last year’s Class AA quarterfinal.
That contest is set for Sept. 1, followed by back-to-back road games at Warren on Sept. 8 and Herbert Hoover on Sept. 15.
Warren will be the first of two Ohio teams the Big Blacks face, as the Warriors replace Gallia Academy on the docket.
The other Ohio opponent is Meigs, which replaces Princeton and is a home game for the Big Blacks on Oct. 13.
Returning to the Big Blacks’ slate are home dates against Mount View on Sept. 22, Man on Oct. 20, and Westside on Oct. 27 — sandwiched around road trips to Parkersburg South on Sept. 29 and Bluefield on Oct. 6.
The Parkersburg South affair is a 7 p.m. kickoff — with all other games set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday nights.
The Big Blacks’ bye week is actually on Nov. 3 — the last week of the regular season.
Wahama — with being a member of the nine small-school Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division — must play eight league games against Ohio teams, and thus has only room for two West Virginia non-leagues.
Those two are with Ravenswood in the season opener on Aug. 25 and at Buffalo in the season finale on Nov. 3.
The White Falcons travel to Southern on Sept. 8, Belpre on Sept. 15, Eastern on Oct. 6 and South Gallia on Oct. 13, while hosting Waterford on Sept. 1, Federal Hocking on Sept. 22, Trimble on Sept. 29, and Miller on Oct. 20.
All of Wahama’s games are set for 7:30 p.m. kickoffs on Friday nights.
Wahama went 2-8 last season, defeating both Ravenswood (26-14) and Federal Hocking (20-0) for its only triumphs.
Hannan had two wins as well, rolling Hundred (39-22) and blanking Beallsville (55-0), as the Wildcats’ schedule only consisted of nine games.
This year, as of now, the Wildcats will have 10 duels on the books.
All 10 matchups do have 7:30 p.m. kickoffs, including against its three Ohio opponents —Green on Sept. 1, Manchester on Sept. 8 and Beallsville on Oct. 6.
The Wildcats’ quintet of road tilts feature Green on Sept. 1, Hundred on Sept. 15, Beallsville on Oct. 6, Gilmer County on Oct. 20, and Phelps on Oct. 27 — with new foe Manchester on Sept. 8 at home.
The other four home duels are against Montcalm on Aug. 25, Jenkins on Sept. 29, Paden City on Oct. 13, and Cameron on Oct. 27.
Jenkins — a new opponent — joins Phelps as the two Kentucky teams the Wildcats will face, as Manchester and Cameron came on while Bishop Donahue and River View went off.
The only other alterations to Hannan’s schedule is Phelps moving from the sixth game to the ninth (Week 10), with Beallsville moving up from the 10th to the sixth (Week 7).
Wahama will be idle in week 10, while Hannan has its bye week on Sept. 22.
The West Virginia and Ohio football seasons officially open on Aug. 25.
Point Pleasant Big Blacks
25 vs Mingo Central, 7:30
1 at James Monroe, 7:30
8 at Warren, 7:30
15 at Herbert Hoover, 7:30
22 vs Mount View, 7:30
29 at Parkersburg South, 7 p.m.
6 at Bluefield, 7:30
13 vs Meigs, 7:30
20 vs Man, 7:30
27 vs Westside, 7:30
Wahama White Falcons
25 vs Ravenswood, 7:30
1 vs Waterford, 7:30
8 at Southern, 7:30
15 at Belpre, 7:30
22 vs Federal Hocking, 7 p.m.
29 vs Trimble, 7:30
6 at Eastern, 7:30
13 at South Gallia, 7:30
20 vs Miller, 7:30
3 at Buffalo, 7:30
25 vs Montcalm, 7:30
1 at Green, 7:30
8 vs Manchester, 7:30
15 at Hundred, 7:30
29 vs Jenkins (Ky.), 7:30
6 at Beallsville, 7:30
13 vs Paden City, 7:30
20 at Gilmer County, 7:30
27 at Phelps (Ky.), 7:30
3 vs Cameron, 7:30
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106