Something has to give when Martins Ferry visits UL

Week three of the high school football season has seven local games on tap Friday night, but not one has two undefeated squads meeting. On the flip side, there are seven teams still seeking their first wins of the campaign.

Martins Ferry (0-2) at Union Local (0-2)

AT MORRISTOWN, something has to give as a pair of teams struggling out of the gate collide at Jets Stadium.

The Purple Riders have not started 0-3 since the 2005 season when they fell to Lisbon David Anderson (35-14), Linsly (21-14) and New Albany (36-10) to begin a 3-7 record.

Martins Ferry snapped that streak with a 48-6 nod over the Jets, then won two more before losing its last four.

Union Local (0-2) will be making its home debut. It has lost 21-0 at Monroe Central and 20-7 at Buckeye Local, which snapped a 43-game losing streak.

Bellaire (1-1) at Harrison Central (0-2)

AT CADIZ, the Huskies welcome the Big Reds to Wagner Field, looking to stop a three-game losing skid in the series. Bellaire won 14-7 last year.

Harrison Central prevailed 21-3 in 2015, but has dropped contests to Garaway (49-13) and Toronto (19-12).

Huskies quarterback Kobe Mitchell was injured in the first half last week and did not return for the second half. His status is questionable.

Bellaire defeated River (28-6) in its opener before falling to Garaway (14-13) last week.

Shadyside (1-1) at Magnolia (0-1)

AT NEW MARTINSVILLE, both teams are coming off losses as the Tigers coughed up a 21-7 lead at New Philadelphia last Saturday in falling 28-21 to Mogadore, while the Blue Eagles were blanked 27-0 at Williamstown.

Shadyside won last year’s meeting, 50-20.

The Tigers defeated Martins Ferry 33-7 in their opener.

Buckeye Local (1-1) at Oak Glen (2-0)

AT NEW MANCHESTER, the Panthers were on top of the Ohio Valley last week after ending their four-season losing streak with a win over Union Local. The Golden Bears, meanwhile, kept on rolling with a 45-0 road rout of Phillip Barbour.

Buckeye Local started the season with a 33-8 setback at Barnesville, while Oak Glen rolled past Hancock County rival Weir, 34-14.

Bridgeport (0-2) at Frontier (2-0)

AT BEAVERTON, the Bulldogs and Cougars renew their gridirion series for the first time since 2013 when the Cougars won 53-0. They also played the year prior, with frontier coming out on top, 25-6.

However, as hard as it is to believe, those are the only two meetings since 2000.

Bridgeport has lost to Madonna (21-18) and Monroe Central (48-0). Those two squads are a combined 4-0.

Frontier has defeated Paden City (61-6) and Beallsville (47-13).

Hundred (0-2) at Beallsville (0-2)

AT BEALLSVILLE, as mentioned in the Martins Ferry-Union Local preview, something has to give on Dave Caldwell Field tonight as neither the Hornets nor the Blue Devils have found the win column yet.

Beallsville went 1-9 last season, but that one victory was a 67-6 laugher over Hundred.

The Blue Devils have lost to Corning Miller (28-25) and Frontier (47-13). Hundred has fallen to Federal Hocking (28-20) and Cameron (59-6).

All of the above games at 7 p.m. kickoffs.

Meadowbrook (1-1) at St. Clairsville (2-0)

AT ST. CLAIRSVILLE, the Red Devils welcome the Colts to Red Devil Stadium for a 7:30 kickoff.

St. Clairsville held off Wheeling Park, 36-33, last week after drilling Carrollton (28-6) in its opener. Meadowbrook, meanwhile, blanked John Glenn 14-0 in its first game, but fell to Barnesville, 42-27, last week.

The Red Devils posted a 49-22 triumph last season in Byesville en route to a perfect 10-0 regular season.


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