This is the first of a weekly series with a message from the principal's of area high schools regarding their favorite high school football memory.
STEUBENVILLE - I have been a Big Red Football fan since I can remember.
My parents and I attended all the Big Red football games together and in 1966, when I was in elementary school, we traveled to Massillon to see Big Red face Washington High School as my older brother Jim Crosier played on the Big Red Football team at that time.
That year Big Red was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state of Ohio. I can still remember how excited everyone was for this game.
As we approached Paul Brown Tiger Stadium I heard their infamous Massillon song, "Hold that Tiger." One thing I will never forget was how all the lights went out in the stadium for 45 minutes before the game. There was no electricity and our players had no heat in the locker room but we could still hear over and over again "Hold that Tiger."
This set the atmosphere for a fierce battle between the football teams.
Unfortunately, Massillon beat us 12-0 and claimed bragging rights. We continued to play them until 1978. It wasn't until the 2009 football season that Massillon was put on our football schedule again.
Massillon Washington High School came to Harding Stadium and had to face Big Red on our turf.
Game week at Steubenville High School was like no other. The halls were decorated and the staff and students were ready for this game to be played. At our pep rally the horse was still breathing fire and I wondered if Massillon could sense our desire.
Calls came into the ticket office from Big Red fans who lived in Indiana and wanted tickets saved in the event we sold out. Some Massillon fans started their tailgate party with their Winnebago's at Lenora's cafeteria as early as 8 a.m. for a 7 p.m. game.
It seemed as if everyone in the community who could be there was there and the crowd of 9,500 packed the stadium. There was not a seat to be found - it was standing room only.
The television and radio stations along with dignitaries filled the press box as the much-anticipated game was about to be played. You could hear the Big Red Band playing the fight song along with the cheerleaders leading the crowd in a cheer; give me a B-I-G-R-E-D.
A Big Ten game had nothing over the atmosphere that was created at this game. You had to be there to appreciate it. This time Big Red was victorious and I could hear from the stands the Big Red faithful shouting "Roll Red Roll" and "We Are Big Red."
Victory was sweet when we beat Massillon 13-3 and wrote another chapter in our history.
I believe this rivalry between my alma mater and Massillon Washington Tigers was and still is my most memorable Big Red football experience as a youth growing up in Steubenville and to the present time.
(Crosier is in his sixth year as principal at Big Red)