Twenty-six years ago today, Nirvana released the song, “Heart-Shaped Box.”

While the lyrics can be interpreted in different ways, it’s widely believed to pertain to an unstable romance between two people.

You’re not going to mistake too many of this weekend’s pairings to have any kind of romance. Rivalry matchups include Boyd County-Ashland, Rowan County-Bath County, Wheelersburg-Ironton and Raceland-Russell.

Using Nirvana song titles to help us along the way, let’s make some predictions, shall we?

Today

Ashland 40, Boyd County 8. It’s been a case of “You Know You’re Right” when you pick the Tomcats to beat Boyd County over the last decade and a half, but the Lions did show flashes of promise in a close duel with South Laurel last Saturday.

Rowan County 28, Bath County 14. There’s been “Something In The Way” over the last four meetings for Rowan County. Perhaps four Wildcat wins in a row had something to do with record-setting running back Landan Swartz. He’s no longer around, and the Vikings’ defense seems to be pretty sound.

Beechwood 36, Paintsville 21. I send “All Apologies” to blue-clad Tigers, to whom I clearly didn’t give enough credit in Week 1. The Beechwood Tiger, though, is a different animal.

Morgan County 30, Betsy Layne 24. “Come As You Are” for this one. They’ll be glad to have you in the seats. In all seriousness, a win here would truly help boost the Cougars’ confidence.

Capital (W.Va.) 34, Johnson Central 28. Some might call me “Dumb” for going against this talented Golden Eagles squad, but this is a tough early-season road test that will prove difficult to pass.

East Carter 48, Lewis County 12. A memorable Raiders season continues to appear “In Bloom.”

Greenup County 41, Fleming County 14. All Musketeers quarterback Eli Sammons needs is a “Sliver” of daylight to zip passes through. As long as his receivers haul in catches, Greenup County shouldn’t encounter too many problems against the Panthers.

Ironton 20, Wheelersburg 14. Ironton coach Trevon Pendleton wasn’t even born when the hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” came out in 1991. The 26-year-old will guide the Fighting Tigers to a victory vital in setting the tone for what could be a terrific season.

Lawrence County 34, Prestonsburg 20. The Bulldogs can’t “Stay Away” from the end zone any longer. After a quiet final three quarters last week, Lawrence County explodes for five touchdowns against the Blackcats.

Saturday

Raceland 26, Russell 20. Raceland’s speed, which includes a remarkable return game, tends to “Drain You” of energy throughout a four-quarter contest. That makes the difference in a closely contested affair in a sure-to-be-crowded stadium.

Listen up!

This weekend’s radio coverage:

•Boyd County at Ashland: WBVB 97.1-FM, koolhits1057.com

•Rowan County at Bath County: WQXX 106.1-FM, WKCA 97.7-FM

•Paintsville vs. Beechwood: WKLW 94.7-FM

•Johnson Central at Capital (W.Va.): WSIP 98.9-FM

•Lewis County at East Carter: WKKS 104.9-FM, WGOH 100.9-FM or 1370 AM

•Greenup County at Fleming County: koolhits1057.com, WFLE 95.1-FM

•Wheelersburg at Ironton: WIRO 1230 AM

•Lawrence County at Prestonsburg: WKYH 99.3-FM

•Raceland at Russell: koolhits1057.com

Reach AARON SNYDER at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664. Follow @DIndependentQB on Twitter.

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