The shortest 10 weeks of our lives is at its end.
The final week of the high school football regular season is upon us, while West Virginia has one more week to go. Some teams are playing out the season, some are getting ready for the playoffs and some are playing for their playoff lives.
Steubenville Big Red seeks another 10-0 regular season with a win over Tonawanda Cardinal O'Hara. Big Red is No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and No. 1 in Division III, Region 11.
Big Red will host a first round playoff game next week.
O'Hara is struggling as it comes to Death Valley. It dropped a 48-20 decision to Buffalo St. Joe's one week before Big Red beat St. Joe's 49-26.
Big Red is ranked No. 20 in the Midwest Region rankings for ESPN's Powerade Fab 50 rankings.
Indian Creek at
Edison, 7:30 p.m.
This one at Cartwright Field is a role reversal from a year ago.
The Redskins knocked the Wildcats out of playoffs a year ago and Edison can return the favor. Indian Creek is 7-2 and must win to play next week. The Wildcats have lost four in a row.
But, this is a rivalry game and anything can happen.
It is unclear where the Redskins will finish in the Division III, Region 11 rankings if they win.
But, first things first.
Madonna at Toronto, 7 p.m.
The Red Knights host the Blue Dons in the final game in the current 81-year-old Riverside Stadium that houses Clarke Hinkle Field. The stadium will be torn down next month and replaced by the 2012 season.
It is a playoff game for both teams.
Toronto (6-3) must win to have any chance to make it to Week 11 in the Division VI, Region 21 race. It currently sits 12th.
If the Blue Dons (5-3) win their final two games on the road - next week at Clay-Battelle - they will more than likely have a home playoff game in the first round.
A Madonna loss means a must-win next week.
The Red Knights will wear pink towels in celebration of Jenny Dickinson, a Toronto graduate, who is a breast cancer survivor.
The pink towels will have the Peggy Albright Foundation logo on them - Peggy's Wish. The foundation is in its infancy and its mission is to support and comfort young ladies under the age of 40 who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
East Liverpool at Weir High, 7:30 p.m.
This is the final game at 76-year-old Jimmy Carey Stadium.
The venerable old facility will see two winless teams battle it out looking for their first victory of the season. It is the final game for the Potters, while the Red Riders visit Tyler Consolidated next week.
A large celebration is planned as it is also Senior Night for the football players, band members and cheerleaders.
Hopefully, there will be just as many fireworks on the field for the home team as are planned after the game.
Harrison Central at Buckeye Local, 7 p.m.
Hoppefully this game will see two of the best runners in the valley round up large chunks of real estate - the Panthers' Josten Dear and the Huskies' Maurtice Hython.
Both are over 1,000 yards for the season.
Dear was held out of last week's game at Indian Creek with a sore shoulder, while Hython went off against Union Local for more than 300 yards.
Oak Glen at Magnolia,
This is the final regular season game for the Golden Bears as their mandated bye is next week. Oak Glen is assured a playoff spot, but where that will be is anybody's guess.
A win for the 8-1 Bears will not guarantee a home game.
The Blue Eagles (4-4) are coming off a big win at Barnesville and have climbed into playoff contention.
Brooke at John Marshall, 7:30 p.m.
The Bruins are 4-4 and must get through the winless Monarchs in order to host Morgantown next week with a playoff berth on the line.
Brooke had a tough start to the season thanks to some outside influences, but has turned it around and seem to be firing on all cylinders.
John Marshall has had a hard time stopping the run all season and the Bruins love to run the football.
Catholic Central vs. LaBrea, noon
LaBrea's field was unfit for a game, so the game has been moved to noon Saturday at Mollenkopf Stadium.
The Vikings are No. 8 in the Division IV, Region 13 standings, meaning the Crusaders have a chance to play spoiler. LaBrea has been outscored 63-7 the last two weeks by Girard (50-0) and Jefferson Area (13-7). The week before the Vikings dropped a 28-27 overtime decision to 2-7 Newton Falls.
Catholic Central has played solid football since the loss in Week 5 to Wheeling Central.
(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at email@example.com)