Updated Sat, Aug 31, 2013 2:14 pm
Saturday is not a typical day for high school football, but that is when Parkersburg and Warren will meet to open their seasons.
The day of the game isn’t the only unusual aspect though.
It is a home game for Parkersburg, but it is being played at Marietta College because of construction on Parkersburg’s stadium bleachers.
Both teams finished with a 4-6 record last season, but this year is poised to shape up very differently.
Parkersburg returns senior quarterback Aaron Roberts and top receiver Dan Fox, but has changed its offensive system from a spread offense to a hybrid Wing-T and its defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme.
Warren, on the other hand, lost every skill player from last season’s team to graduation. This season, the Warriors are replacing graduated quarterback Dylan Leffingwell with senior David Ryan.
Each team wants to start off the season on the right foot with a win, but this game will be all about adjustments.
Studying last year’s game tape will do no good for understanding what these teams can do.
Instead, it will be focusing on executing on offense and playing disciplined, smart defense to get the job done.
Warren head coach Andy Schob said his offensive and defensive lines are his strengths, and his team needs to play to its strengths in order to win.
“We are probably going to be underdogs in most of our games, but if we go out and execute we can definitely win,” Schob said.
With Parkersburg’s new rushing attack out of the Wing-T, this game will definitely have a feel of a battle of the trenches.
The Big Reds replace workhorse Adam Lindamood at running back with newcomer Chandler Hamilton.
All in all, this showdown Saturday night in Marietta isn’t going to be just another Week One game.
Both teams have a lot to prove after last season and need to get off on the right foot with a win.
But only one team can win and that dilemma will be answered on Saturday night in Marietta.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.