Of course, every intense rivalry needs a theme. Considering the history of the oil and gas drilling industry in West Virginia, Bailey and Elliott came up with the drilling motif.
Every rivalry also needs a trophy, which led to a Glenville-area business, Waco Oil and Gas, donating a large drill bit to the schools.
"They turned it upside down, drilled the end of it into a wood platform and turned it into a trophy," Griffin said.
Fairmont won "The Bit" in that first battle in 2009, but it's belonged to Glenville ever since. The Pioneers won 17-14 in overtime in 2010, 36-30 in triple-overtime in 2011 and, more comfortably, 41-21 last year.
Glenville (0-2 overall, 0-1 MEC) has more than recent history on its side in the battle. The Pioneers also have sophomore running back Rahmann Lee, who earned WVC freshman of the year honors (and some Division II All-America mentions) after finishing second in the conference with 123.4 rushing yards per game and an impressive 7.2 yards per carry in 2012.
This year, Lee has picked up where he left off, accounting for 401 all-purpose yards (245 rushing, 156 receiving) and four touchdowns in Glenville's first two games.
"He's a very smart and instinctive runner," Pioneers coach Dave Hutchison said of Lee. "He's small [6-foot, 184 pounds] so he doesn't need a lot of room to slide through, and he avoids a lot of contact, which helps him stay healthy."
Quarterback Steffen Colon is also off to a good start for Glenville, throwing for 494 yards and three touchdowns.
Glenville, home for the first time this year, has dropped road games at Division I FCS opponent VMI (34-27) and West Liberty (16-13).
Fairmont State (1-1, 0-1) opened the season with a 37-29 home win over former WVC member Seton Hill, then lost to Shepherd 27-7 in both teams' MEC debut Saturday in Fairmont.
The rest of the MEC teams line up Saturday: Urbana (1-1, 1-0) at Shepherd (2-0, 1-0), noon; West Liberty (1-1, 1-0) at West Virginia State (0-2, 0-1), 1 p.m.; Concord (2-0) at Bowie State (1-1), 1 p.m., in a non-conference game; Charleston (0-2, 0-0) at Virginia-Wise (0-1, 0-0), 2 p.m.; and Wesleyan (0-1, 0-0) at Notre Dame (1-1, 0-1), 2 p.m. in South Euclid, Ohio.
Reach Nick Scala at 304-348-7947 or nsc...@wvgazette.com.