Roll, Red, Roll in title game

A familiar cry will be heard from around our region and, in fact, many parts of the nation Saturday.

Roll, Red, Roll.

It’s the rallying cry of supporters of Steubenville Big Red football, and we’re certain it will be heard loud and clear around 3 p.m. Saturday in Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. That’s when Big Red will face Clarksville Clinton-Massie in the Ohio Division IV championship game.

The game will pit two of the better high school football programs in the state. Big Red will be looking to win its fourth state title, while Clinton-Massie will be going after its third state title. The teams have even more in common — Big Red has appeared in the playoffs for the last 17 years, while Clinton-Massie has a 16-year streak. Steubenville has a lifetime playoff mark of 65-26, while Clinton-Massie has a lifetime mark of 31-14.

Big Red will be looking to complete a 15-0 season, and to win its first state championship since 2006, and to put memories of the last two state title games — which both were lost on last-second field goals — behind them.

Members of the Big Red Nation travel better than most to see their team play, and that guarantees there will be plenty of red and black on display in Canton. It’s also a safe bet that the colors of Catholic Central, Indian Creek, Toronto, Buckeye Local, Harrison Central and other schools from around our area will be seen during the game, as friends and neighbors show their support.

As we have said many times in the past, we are not in the business of making predictions about who will win or lose an athletic event.

We do, however, think that it’s safe to predict that the Big Red football team will head north to Canton with the support of our region, backed by thousands echoing that simple cry — Roll, Red, Roll.