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Sep. 20, 2013 @ 12:23 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A pair of critical rivalry matchups that highlight Friday's high school football schedule.

Cabell County will shut down Friday night when fans make the trek to Bob Sang Field at Huntington High for a battle between the Highlanders and Cabell Midland Knights, who are Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in the Class AAA state ratings.

Across the Ohio River, fans will pack Putnam Stadium in Ashland for a border war between Ironton and Ashland.

Following is a look at some of the games:

Cabell Midland (3-0) at Huntington High (3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Bob Sang Field

On the air: WRVC 930-AM, 94.1-FM; WCMI 92.7-FM, 98.5-FM.

What to watch: Cabell Midland -- The Knights keep rolling offensively, racking up more than 500 yards per game on the ground. Huntington High -- The Highlanders' defense has yet to yield 200 yards in a contest this season.

Spring Valley (1-2) at Ripley (0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Viking Stadium

On the air: WVHU 800-AM, www.wfghfm.com

What to watch: Spring Valley -- The Timberwolves are looking to bounce back after consecutive losses to Huntington High and South Charleston. Ripley -- The Vikings have allowed opponents to score 53 points per game this season.

South Point (3-0) at Lincoln Co. (0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Lions Club Field

What to watch: South Point -- The Pointers have a chance to get to four wins, which would equal the last three seasons combined. Lincoln County -- The Panthers' struggles defensively have led to opponents amassing 167 points in three games.

Princeton (2-1) at Hurricane (2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Redskins Stadium

What to watch: Princeton -- The Tigers are likely the best Class AAA team that no one has heard of. ... yet. Just ask Capital, which needed overtime to get the win last week. Hurricane -- Quarterback Austin Hensley is among the state's top passers when he has time to throw the football.

Ravenswood (2-0) at Wayne (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Pioneer Field

On the air: WFGH 90.7-FM, www.wfghfm.com

What to watch: Ravenswood -- The Red Devils rolled to a pair of early-season wins, but this task will be on another level. Wayne -- The Pioneers put up 45 first-quarter points against Ravenswood last season en route to an 84-42 road win.

Ironton (2-1) at Ashland (2-2)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Putnam Stadium

On the air: WIRO 1230-AM, WBVB 97.1-FM

What to watch: Ironton -- The Fighting Tigers earned a tough win against Amanda-Clearcreek last week. Ashland -- Quinton Baker is one of the best running backs in the area and will be tough for Ironton to stop.

Fairland (2-1) at Wheelersburg (3-0)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Ed Miller Stadium

What to watch: Fairland -- Chance Short and the Dragons have the offensive firepower to stay with the Pirates, but can they get it done defensively? Wheelersburg -- You just don't bet against Wheelersburg quarterback Eddie Miller in the stadium named after his granddad.

Raceland (3-1) at Coal Grove (0-3)

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Where: Patterson Field

What to watch: Raceland -- All that separates the Rams from an undefeated season is a one-point overtime loss to Ashland. Coal Grove -- The Hornets are in danger of going 0-4 for the first time in many years.

-- Grant Traylor