In a huge Pioneer Valley Conference showdown, the undefeated Fort Frye Cadets (4-0) travel to Woodsfield to battle the resurgent Monroe Central Seminoles (2-2).
The Noles came out of the gate slowly with a pair of losses to Union Local (14-13) and Shadyside (35-20) before rolling to conference victories over River (47-0) and Caldwell (48-21).
Monroe Central has been paced by running back Levi Brown, who has gained at least 100 yards in three of their first four games, while Curtis Nixon has excelled since moving into the starting quarterback role as the senior has completed 28-of-46 pass attempts for 440 yards and four scores.
KEVIN PIERSON The Marietta Times
Fort Frye running back Derek Layton (31) breaks the tackle of Waterford's Dalton Ball (21) on a run during the second quarter of a football game on Sept. 13. Fort Frye won 47-0. The Cadets are slated to play at Monroe Central Friday night.
The Cadets are fresh off of a dominating 51-13 victory over Connotton Valley to extend their regular season winning streak to 10 games.
The Seminoles will need to find a way to contain Fort Frye senior quarterback Chandler Lang who has passed for 332 yards and ran for 368 more finding the end zone nine times on the ground.
Last year in Beverly the Cadets began their long winning streak with a 27-0 shutout of Monroe Central.
FRONTIER (2-2) AT BEALLSVILLE (3-1)
If the Frontier Cougars plan on making a serious run at the postseason this year, a win Friday night over Beallsville would be huge.
Frontier comes into the non-conference battle ranked 12th in the Division 7 standings, while the Blue Devils are currently ranked sixth in the same division.
The Cougars snapped a mini two-game losing streak last week with a 53-0 rout of Bridgeport as junior Rodney Barnes collected three touchdowns including one on the ground, one on an interception return, and one on a punt return.
Cougar quarterback Mitch Reynolds continues to improve as the junior has completed 36-of-73 pass attempts for 488 yards and four touchdowns.
Beallsville lost its opener to Madonna (63-8) before notching consecutive wins over Strausburg Franklin (36-8), Paden City (36-14) and Cameron (12-6)
Last year Beallsville topped the Cougars in a shootout at New Matamoras by a 43-32 margin.
WATERFORD (1-3) AT WAHAMA (3-1)
Things won't get any easier this week for head coach Tom Tucker and his Waterford Wildcats as they travel to Mason to take on the Wahama Falcons in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest.
Waterford edged Miller (20-12) in its season opener but have been shut out in its three games since by the likes of Federal Hocking (40-0), Fort Frye (47-0) and Eastern (28-0).
Running back Austin Lang leads the Wildcats with 173 yards rushing on 54 carries.
Wahama has rebounded nicely from a tough Week 2 loss to Trimble (12-7) with big wins over Eastern (54-0) and Belpre (60-8).
Key players for the Falcons include quarterback Hunter Bradley and running backs Kane Roush and Colton Neal.
Last year in a wild one at Waterford, the Falcons outlasted the Wildcats 64-35.
CALDWELL (2-2) AT RIVER (0-4)
The Caldwell Redskins will look to get back on track Friday night when they travel to Hannibal to take on the winless River Pilots in a PVC contest.
Last week Caldwell dropped a 48-21 decision to Monroe Central after recording back-to-back victories over Buckeye Trail (21-13) and Bridgeport (27-7).
Quarterback Tanner Clark has been solid so far for coach Josh Perkin's Redskins as the sophomore has rushed for a team high 405 yards on 63 carries, while passing for 287 more and three touchdowns.
The Skins' defense had allowed just 27 points on the season before the Monroe Central game.
The 2013 season has been anything but kind to the Pilots as they come into the game looking for their first win after suffering losses to Bishop Donahue (59-21) and Magnolia (48-14) as well as conference rivals Monroe Central (47-0) and Fort Frye (23-17).
Quarterback Joey Flannery, and running backs' Jordan Sapp and Bryce Cross are key players for River.
Last season in Caldwell, River edged the Redskins 24-21.
BELPRE (1-3) AT FEDERAL HOCKING (2-2)
The Belpre Golden Eagles travel to Stewart Friday night to take on Federal Hocking on homecoming night for the Lancers.
Both teams are looking to erase big losses from a week ago as Belpre was drubbed by Wahama (60-8), while Fed Hock didn't fare much better as they dropped a 48-12 decision to the surprising Southern Tornadoes.
Belpre has been hampered by injuries early in the season and were forced to play with out running backs Manny Tulius and Matthew Colvin last week against the Falcons.
Quarterback Tavian Miller has completed 25-of-49 passes on the season for Belpre for 361 yards and three scores while rushing for 178 more on 53 touches.
The Lancers have been led by the dynamic duo of Peyton Seel and Delbert Crum through the first four weeks.
Crum has rushed for 399 yards on the season on 48 carries, while Seel has 232 yards rushing as well as 47 receiving yards while scoring six touchdowns for the Lancers.
Last year at Ralph Holder Stadium in Belpre, the Lancers doubled up on the Eagles 14-7.
SHENANDOAH (0-4) AT BARNESVILLE (0-4)
Shenandoah head coach Kaleb Lawrence and his Zeps are very hungry for a victory as they travel to Barnesville Friday night to take on the Shamrocks in a battle of winless teams.
The Zeps' losing streak now sits at 14 games after last weeks 41-15 loss to Shadyside.
Shenandoah will look to rely once again on sophomore running back Michael Vanfossen who has tallied 380 yards rushing on the season including 100-yard rushing performances against both Frontier and Newcomerstown.
Barnesville comes into the contest also looking for its first win of the season after falling to John Glenn (41-6), Union Local (57-13),Meadowbrook (35-6) and Buckeye Trail (22-21). Last year the Shamrocks routed the Zeps 51-20 in Sarahsville.
SHERIDAN (3-1) AT MORGAN (0-4)
The Morgan Raiders hope the fifth time is a charm as they host the Sheridan Generals Friday night in a Muskingum Valley League contest still looking for that elusive first win of the 2013 season.
Last week the Raiders gave Meadowbrook all it wanted and then some before dropping a 19-6 decision to the Colts.
Jerome Mayle leads Morgan in rushing with 137 yards on 36 carries, while quarterback Michael Apperson has completed 17-of-59 pass attempts for 182 yards on the season.
Sheridan lost in Week 2 to Zanesville (49-7) but the Generals own victories over John Glenn (12-7), West Muskingum (55-12) and Lakewood (34-7).
Last year in McConnelsville, Sheridan downed the Raiders 35-13.
WIRT COUNTY (1-3) AT PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (3-1) Saturday at 7:30
The Parkersburg Catholic Crusaders host the Wirt County Tigers Saturday night in a battle of a pair of teams that seem to be heading in different directions.
A Week 3 loss to St. Marys (49-20) is the only blemish on the Crusaders' record as they own convincing victories over Buffalo (42-12), Pocahontas County (28-0) and Calhoun County (56-6).
Quarterback Peyton Sturm has completed 17-of-29 passes for Catholic for 291 yards and a pair of scores while also leading the Crusaders in rushing with an even 200 yards on 29 carries and four scores.
Wirt County thumped Gilmer County 51-16 in Week 3 while losing its other three contests by a combined total of nine points to Valley (14-8), St. Marys (7-6) and Doddridge County (18-16).
Last year in Elizabeth, Wirt County easily handled the Crusaders 35-6.