The fastest 10 weeks of our football lives is at the midway point and there are some interesting games this weekend, beginning today.
It all starts at Youngstown State's Stambaugh Stadium when No. 1 ranked Steubenville Big Red takes on 1-3 Youngstown Ursuline at 7 p.m.
Don't let the Irish's record fool you as they have played some monster teams and are still No. 13 in their Division V region.
This is Big Red's sternest test to date because of Ursuline's size and the fact it has won three straight Division V state titles.
A team doesn't forget how to win.
I like Big Red to go to 5-0, but I also like Ursuline to make the Division V playoffs at 5-5 and every team in the state will be scared.
Madonna, 7 p.m.
The Blue Dons are coming off a bye week after getting handled by Wheeling Central. I think the young Dons are ready to look through the windshield and slay the Dragons at Jimmy Carey Stadium to remind people they haven't gone too far away.
Brooke at Wheeling Park, 7 p.m.
This one has playoff inmplications as neither team wants to have one win through five weeks. The Patriots, who have had their bye week, are back on the turf at Wheeling Island Stadium. But, so are the Bruins, who have gone to two straight West Virginia Class AAA state championship games. Brooke has to figure out a way to put more points on the board.
Bellaire at Indian Creek, 7 p.m.
The Redskins are coming off a loss to St. Clairsville, but still showed it is a dangerous team offensively. They must shut down a potent Bellaire offense, though, to move to 3-2. The Big Reds dropped a tough one last week to Buckeye Local, but I don't think they have enough up front to stop Indian Creek.
Oak Glen at Beaver Local, 7 p.m.
The Golden Bears missed the West Virginia Class AA playoffs last year thanks to Beaver Local's only win. That won't happen this season as coach Tony Filberto will have his charges ready. A win will put Oak Glen at 4-1 and squarely in the hunt for a home playoff berth.
Buckeye Local at
Edison, 7:30 p.m.
For the Wildcats to have any chance their defense has to stop the run, something that Buckeye Local does very well. This one could be a shootout at Cartwright Field as both teams can put up some large offensive numbers. Edison must do a better job, though, of making sure that yellow hanky does not litter the field. Both teams must take advantage of opportunities given.
Harrison Central at St. Clairsville, 7:30 p.m.
The Huskies must do everything in their power to keep the Red Devils' offense off the field. But, at some point in time, St. Clairsville will have the ball and a plethora of offensive weapons to get that ball to. Harrison Central has Maurtice Hython and David Miser, but the Red Devils just have a bit more.
Toronto at Valley, 7:30 p.m.
The Red Knights put themselves right back in the Division VI playoff chase with last week's win over Catholic Central. Toronto and the Lumberjacks love to run the ball. I like the Red Knights to find a two-game winning streak.
Wheeling Central at Catholic Central, 7 p.m.
The Crusaders have had a hard time stopping the run and Wheeling Central's spin series is designed to do that same thing - run the ball. The Maroon Knights have run roughshod over everyone in their way through four weeks. Catholic Central must do a really good job with its passing game to keep Wheeling Central off-step, but an even better job stopping the run.
(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor at the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)