Football Xtra

Blue Dons, Crusaders clash

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central and Madonna both will be in a need-to-win mode when they renew their cross-river rivalry Saturday inside Harding Stadium. Fresh off a victory over Huron Heights from Ontario, the Crusaders stand at 6-2 and are in the mix for a Division VI, Region 21 playoff ...

Big Red looking to get back on top

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s quest for an 18th consecutive trip to the Ohio football playoffs continues Friday when Cardinal O’Hara visits Harding Stadium. After dropping its opener to still unbeaten Penn Hills, Steubenville, which is ranked fourth in this week’s Ohio AP Division IV poll ...

Weir High faces must-win scenario

WEIRTON — The playoffs are beginning early this year for Weir High and East Liverpool, as the two old rivals get together at Patterson Field in East Liverpool in what appears will be a postseason atmosphere. The opening kick is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. For both teams, it is win and they’re ...

Edison invades Buckeye Local

YORKVILLE — When Edison and Buckeye Local meet in any sport, the schools consider it to be a rivalry. Friday’s 7 p.m. meeting on the gridiron at World War II Memorial Stadium is no exception. “For us it is a big game, as they all are,” Buckeye Local coach Roger Herbert said. “We ...

Big Red returns home, hosts Erie

STEUBENVILLE — Erie High likes to run the football. To date, Big Red has been successful in defending the run. Something will have to give when the Royals visit Harding Stadium Friday for the first meeting between the schools. The kick is set for 7 p.m. Erie played its first season of ...

Old rivalry back in action

WEIRTON — Reeling from its fourth-straight loss to Fairmont Senior, Weir High returns to the friendly confines of Jimmy Carey Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday to renew an old rivalry, as a resurgent Edison football team comes to town with the intent of spoiling senior night for the Red ...

Crusaders looking for first home win

STEUBENVILLE — Coach Al Rover and his Huron Heights football team are excited about their first visit to Ohio for Saturday’s noon contest with Catholic Central. “We are really looking forward to the trip,” Rover said earlier this week. “It’s the first time our program has traveled ...

Madonna returns from bye ready

WEIRTON — After spending what Madonna head coach Darrin Hicks said was a very productive bye week, the Blue Dons are eager to get back into action with the annual homecoming game. However, the task of winning will be difficult with the 5-1 Van Bulldogs, ranked 12th in the Class A ...

Oak Glen looks to continue winning ways

NEW MANCHESTER — Some of the top athletes in the Herald-Star/Daily Times coverage area will be on the field Friday night when Oak Glen hosts Harrison Central. “They are a much-improved team,” Harrison Central coach Anthony Hayes said of the Golden Bears. “I remember watching their ...

Creek hopes to stay in playoff contention

CALCUTTA — After a big performance at Martins Ferry, Indian Creek has put itself right back in the playoff race with three weeks to go. The Redskins sit ninth in Division IV, Region 13, just one spot out. “Our kids knew our backs were against the wall last week,” Indian Creek coach ...