After a couple of prelims last week, this weekend brings us the bulk of the Sixth Annual Peninsula-Eastern District Challenge.

Eight non-district games between the two leagues will begin Thursday night when Lake Taylor comes to Darling Stadium to take on Bethel and Woodside visits Powhatan Field to go against Maury. Friday brings us (home teams on the right) Gloucester-Granby, Heritage-Norview, Wilson-Menchville, Phoebus-Churchland, and Warwick-Booker T.

On Saturday, we have what should be the best matchup: Hampton at Norcom in a rematch of last year’s controversial Eastern Region semifinal, which was won 20-14 by the Greyhounds.

This will be the sixth consecutive year the Peninsula and Eastern have played their non-district games against each other with the PD holding a decisive 34-18 advantage. The Peninsula went 8-2 last fall with only Heritage (to Norview) and Denbigh (to Booker T.) losing.

Many of these matchups are longstanding. Woodside, for example, has played Maury every year since 2007. (The Wolverines are 5-0 with an average victory margin of 25 points). Menchville vs. Wilson have been there since the beginning with the Monarchs holding a 3-2 advantage.

It’s a two-year deal, and it expires after this season. With next year’s reclassification, it’s hard to imagine the Peninsula-Eastern games continuing in their current arrangement. But the districts are meeting later this month to discuss it.