Entering week nine of the high school football season, several teams are look to make a late playoff push, while others are looking to solidify themselves among the final Top 16 in their respective classes.
The eight area games on tap for tonight includes: Elkins at East Fairmont, Robert C. Byrd at Buckhannon-Upshur, Tygarts Valley at Montcalm, Notre Dame at Philip Barbour, Tucker County at Pendleton, Petersburg at Moorefield and Berkeley Springs at East Hardy.
Class AAA No. 9 Elkins will travel to East Fairmont for a Big 10 Conference matchup at East-West Stadium.
"I'm happy we're not playing East Fairmont in the first game of the season, like we have many times in the past," Elkins coach Greg Hott said. "We could never get any film on them when we opened the season against them. But this year we've had the chance to watch three games on them, so I feel we will be much more prepared."
The Tigers (6-2) are coming off a 35-24 home loss to Wheeling Park last week.
Senior running backs L.J. Lawrence and Clayton Collett will look to power EHS.
Lawrence has rushed 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, while Collett has 719 yards and nine scores.
Elkins will be without running backs Nick Martin and Mitchell Kelly this week as both were injured in last week's loss.
"Silas Gibson will take Martin's spot on offense, L.J. will take's Nick's spot on defense, and Ben Lonergan will fill in for Mitchell on defense," Hott said. "Silas and Ben did a great job for us last week."
East Fairmont (2-5), which is coming off a 20-19 loss to Preston last week, is led by quarterback Ronald Mills and receiver Terry Glover.
"We can't turn the ball over like we did last week," Hott said. "East Fairmont has tried 35 different formations in the last three weeks, so were going to have to be ready for anything."
In the area's only other Class AAA matchup, Buckhannon-Upshur (1-7) will entertain Robert C. Byrd for a Big 10 Conference tilt.
The Bucs are coming off a 35-20 loss to Philip Barbour last week and are led by quarterback Patrick Crim and running back Seth Cutright.
Robert C. Byrd (7-1) defeated North Marion last week, 56-7.
Quarterback Aaron Taylor and running back Mason Compton will look to power the Eagles' offensive attack.
In Class AA, No. 16 Philip Barbour (4-4) will host Notre Dame (3-4) for a non-conference matchup.
The Colts are coming off a 35-20 win over Buckhannon-Upshur last week and are led by quarterback Dillon Newman, who rushed for 256 yards last Friday.
Running backs Harley Davis and Brody Carpenter are other key players for Philip Barbour's offense.
Notre Dame dropped a 48-12 decision at Madonna last Friday and is led by quarterback Tony Sestito.
Class A, No. 1 Tucker County travels to Pendleton for a Potomac Valley Conference contest.
The Mountain Lions (7-0), who were off last week, defeated East Hardy 21-16 in their last contest.
Tucker County is led by quarterback Derek Nestor and running backs Austin Zirk and Zach Armstrong.
Pendleton County (3-4) was also idle last week after losing to Valley Fayette 30-12 two weeks ago.
The Wildcats are led by quarterback Daniel Hevener and running back Logan Raines.
Tygarts Valley will travel to Montcalm for a non-conference matchup.
The Bulldogs (0-7) are coming off a 41-12 loss to Pocahontas County last week.
Running back P.J. Lanham and quarterback Owen Arbogast will look to lead Tygarts Valley.
Montcalm (3-4) is coming off a 42-15 loss to Craig County (Va.) last Friday.
Pocahontas, meanwhile, will host Man for a non-conference contest.
The Warriors (3-5) are led by running back Kyler Doss and quarterback Andrew Morrison.
Man (2-6) lost to Roane County 34-12 last Friday.
Petersburg will travel to rival Moorefield for a non-conference clash.
The Vikings (4-3), who lost 47-0 at Frankfort last Friday, are led by quarterback Cory Pool.
Moorefield (3-4) fell to rival East Hardy last week, 39-20.
Quarterback Adam Snyder and receiver DaShawn Brown will look to lead the Yellow Jackets.
East Hardy (6-1) will play host to Berkeley Springs (0-8), which dropped a 46-6 decision at Clear Springs (Md.) last week.