Riverside (1-6) at Princeton (3-4), Saturday: There's little doubt where the host Tigers will attack in this game, as the Warriors have experienced trouble stopping the run.
Over the first seven games, Riverside opponents average 346 yards on the ground, and the Warriors have allowed six individual backs to run for more than 100 yards and two to gain 200-plus. Princeton cranks out 298 yards per game rushing.
Spring Valley (5-2) at Nitro (1-5): The Timberwolves seek their fifth straight victory against a Wildcats squad that's lost five in a row.
Spring Valley won this matchup last year 62-7, rushing for 530 yards on 59 carries and vaulting into a 42-0 lead by halftime.
Clay County (2-4) at Sissonville (5-1): Another chance for revenge for the Indians, who have already beaten two teams they lost to last year (Scott, Tolsia) - results that helped keep them out of the AA playoffs.
The Panthers won last season's meeting 27-20, halting a late Sissonville drive deep in Clay territory.
Wayne (6-0) at Herbert Hoover (2-4): The state's longest winning streak - and the 18th-longest in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com - arrives in Falling Rock as the Pioneers seek their 30th straight victory.
The two-time defending Class AA champs allow only nine points and 175 net yards per game, and have forced 17 total turnovers. The Huskies lost to Wayne last year 46-7, but Shaun Dotson managed 71 of Hoover's 189 rushing yards and a TD.
Ravenswood (4-2) at Point Pleasant (6-0): Big Blacks coach David Darst has concerns about tonight's homecoming game against the Red Devils and senior QB Heath Burgess, who broke a school record for passing percentage by going 9 of 10 for 100 yards and two TDs in last week's win against Braxton County.
"It's huge this week,'' Darst said. "They're very much improved and a very capable football team. If our kids aren't prepared, we could end up laying an egg on homecoming. Last year, we lost our homecoming game to Brooke after we led 28-7 at halftime. Our kids need to be ready.''
Parkersburg Catholic (6-1) at Valley (6-0): PC has won each of the last three years by scores of 37-14, 27-22 and 28-0. Each team has beaten one opponent ranked in the top 16 of Class A this year - the Crusaders versus No. 15 Doddridge County and the Greyhounds against No. 12 Meadow Bridge.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.