Week 3 of the Ohio high school football and Week 2 of the West Virginia gridiron campaign kicks off this Friday with a trio of local games within the Ohio Valley Publishing area.
The Point Pleasant Big Blacks celebrate 100 years of football this Friday night when they host Gallia Academy in a renewal of the Battle for the Bridge, while Eastern welcomes Fairfield Christian Academy to East Shade River Stadium.
Meigs — which was originally supposed to host Coal Grove — is now welcoming Warsaw River View to Farmers Bank Stadium as a late addition.
The Sciotoville East at South Gallia, River Valley at South Point and Southern at Shenandoah games slated for this week have been cancelled. Wahama was unable to find a Week 2 opponent and was originally scheduled to host Hannan on Friday, but the Wildcats cancelled their season before the start of the school year.
Here’s a brief look at all of this week’s football games from the OVP area. Both games are slated for Friday night.
Gallia Academy Blue Devils (2-0) at Point Pleasant Big Blacks (0-1)
It will be the 84th meeting between these two cross-river rivals, and the ‘Battle for the Bridge’ takes on an extra-special meaning this year as Point Pleasant officially reaches 100 years of football as a high school program. The visiting Blue Devils own a 41-37-5 edge in the all-time series, including a come-from-behind 14-13 win in the last meeting between these two schools in Week 3 of the 2019 campaign. The Blue Devils are averaging 28 points per game and have allowed only 19 points this year, all of which came in a 22-19 win over Meigs in the season opener. Point Pleasant lost 32-22 last week to visiting Greenbrier East. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield Christian Academy Knights (0-2) at Eastern Eagles (1-1)
The Eastern Eagles will look to stay unbeaten at East Shade River Stadium this Friday when they host Fairfield Christian Academy in the first-ever meeting between the schools on the gridiron. The visiting Knights have yet to score this season after suffering a 58-0 loss at Springfield Catholic Central in the opener and a 41-0 setback last week at Portsmouth Notre Dame. The Eagles are coming off of a 28-12 loss at Symmes Valley, but EHS is averaging over 25 points per game after a 39-8 win over Green in the opening week. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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