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What to watch: Regular season winding down

Oct. 19, 2012 @ 12:41 AM

HUNTINGTON — For Ohio and Kentucky high school football, it is the next-to-last week of the regular season while West Virginia teams are hitting the separation stretch that divides pretenders from contenders.

A key Ohio Valley Conference matchup with Chesapeake at Coal Grove is on the Friday schedule along with several intriguing matchups around the Mountain State.

Symmes Valley plays Saturday at Portsmouth Notre Dame.

Following is a look at some of the Friday games:

Greenbrier East (2-5)

at Huntington High (6-1)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Bob Sang Field

What to watch -- Greenbrier East: Despite their record, the Spartans have put some points on the board this year. They have really struggled at stopping people, however. Huntington High: This is the first of three straight home games to end the year for Huntington High.

Princeton (1-7) at

Cabell Midland (8-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Knights Stadium

Radio: WCMI 92.7 FM & 98.5 FM, The Planet

What to watch -- Princeton: After a tough trip to the Tri-State in last week's loss to Spring Valley, the Tigers come back down I-64 West to take on the undefeated Knights. Cabell Midland: The Knights want to stay healthy and undefeated heading into their bye week.

Spring Valley (4-3)

at Hurricane (5-2)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Redskins Stadium

On the web: http://www.wfghfm.com

What to watch -- Spring Valley: The Timberwolves have won four of their last five, but are looking to overcome a Hurricane team that has been a major thorn in their side over the last three years. Hurricane: Austin Hensley is one of the state's best quarterbacks, and the winner of this game is likely headed for a home playoff date.

Poca (2-5) at

Wayne (7-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Pioneer Field

On the web: http://www.wfghfm.com

What to watch -- Poca: It has been a disappointing season for Poca. The Dots would love nothing more than to spoil Wayne's perfect record. Wayne: According to Wayne statistics compiled by Ryan Epling, the Pioneers haven't trailed in 731 minutes of action, dating back to Oct. 7, 2011 when they scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter to lead against Scott.

Ironton (5-3) at

Oak Hill (7-1)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Oaks Field

Radio: WIRO 1230-AM

What to watch -- Ironton: The Fighting Tigers have lost three straight and this is the season finale for them in the nine-game schedule. Oak Hill: A win here would all but wrap up the top seed in Division V, Region 19 for the Oaks.

Chesapeake (4-4)

at Coal Grove (4-3)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Patterson Field

What to watch -- Chesapeake: With all the road games and troubles in 2012, the Panthers could sneak into the postseason with a win over Coal Grove and a win in the season-finale next week. Coal Grove: Quarterback Alex Bare is a solid player leading the Hornets into a tough battle.

Ashland (8-1) at

Johnson Central (7-1)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Eagles Stadium

Radio: Oldies 97.1-FM

What to watch -- Ashland: The Tomcats are looking for a district title, but getting it on the road won't be easy. Johnson Central: In a matchup of two similar teams, the Eagles are the team that defeated Ironton this season.