Week 4 of the fastest 10 weeks of the year is upon us.
Ten of the 11 teams in our coverage area are between the lines Friday or Saturday. Madonna with that pathetic bye week, is the only team not in action. The Blue Dons have the week off after the 42-7 dismantling of Wheeling Central.
Teams have formed identities by now. Although questions still remain with every program, a lot of them have been answered.
Brooke (1-2) entertains Steubenville Big Red (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Bruins are coming off a 44-21 loss to University, No. 6 in the West Virginia Class AAA ranks and have their hands full again this week.
Big Red is fresh off a 43-38 shootout victory over Canada Prep, a program that is being built upon the high school athlete who wants a Division I football scholarship.
Brooke's young ones have performed really well and coach Sean Blumette said his seniors have also been great in their leadership roles.
Buckeye Local (0-3) visits Indian Creek (3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Panthers have given up 1,161 and 137 points in three games with 782 of those yards coming on the ground.
Indian Creek and coach Andrew Connor love to run the ball, led by Blake Roar and his 479 yards and seven touchdowns.
Those numbers do not bode well for the Panthers.
Oak Glen (0-3) welcomes John Marshall (1-1) for a 7 p.m. contest Friday.
The Golden Bears have allowed 777 yards on the ground in three games and the Monarchs, under coach Rick Goodrich, also love to run the ball.
Oak Glen has to find a way to stop Trevor Hardesty, who has 331 yards and seven touchdowns in two games (JM had a Week 1 bye).
The Golden Bears have also been hit-and-miss offensively. But, Micah Swiger had 112 yards on two carries and a 78-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, his squad had 25 carries for minus-36 yards the rest of the game.
Winless vs. winless as Grafton (0-3) heads to Jimmy Carey to play Weir High (0-3) at 7 p.m. on homecoming night for the Red Riders.
The story goes that Weir will get skill players back in pads this week who were watching last week's loss to Edison.
That bodes well for the Red Riders, who have struggled offensively, but, have also shown glimpses of brilliance on both