Football Xtra

Lightning trade goalie Bishop to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have decided to make their postseason push with two dependable veteran goalies sharing the crease. Los Angeles acquired Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks. The Kings ...

Ed Looman
AWARD WINNERS — Big Red held its 76th annual football banquet Sunday, saluting the 2016 team for its accomplishments, a 13-2 record and the Ohio Division IV runner-up. Numerous awards also were presented. Those receiving major awards were, front, from left, Nick Scott, Zane Zimish and Pookie Petteway; back, Ny’Juan Robinson, Drone Moore, Mark Smith and Jalen McGhee.

Big Red holds 76th football banquet

STEUBENVILLE — Let’s get it next year! That was Reno Saccoccia’s message to the large crowd in attendance Sunday for the 76th-annual Steubenville High School Football Banquet. “I’m asking our coaches, players, parents and the entire Big Red family to keep working, keep fighting ...

Yachini named to Class AAA first team by WVSWA

HUNTINGTON — It takes more than just one elite player to make it to Wheeling Island Stadium. It takes talent and chemistry, which is something both Martinsburg and Spring Valley brought to the table in the 2016 season. As it turned out, both teams were the last dogs standing in ...

Big Red lands 4 First Team All-Ohio

COLUMBUS — The Associated Press Division IV All-Ohio football team was announced Tuesday and Steubenville Big Red landed four on the first team. Big Red also had an additional four players selected to the special mention list, as were two Indian Creek seniors. The quartet of ...

Mike Mathison and Matthew Peaslee of the Star Sports Cast. -- Michael D. McElwain

Star Sports Cast 2016 – Big One For Big Red

  Mike Mathison, sports editor with the Steubenville Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, and sports writer Matthew Peaslee take a look at the Ohio Division IV state championship game. The contest will pit Steubenville Big Red against Bishop Hartley and will take ...

Steubenville head coach Reno Saccoccia

The final 48

STEUBENVILLE — Reno Saccoccia called playing in an Ohio football championship game “a great experience.” Now he hopes his Big Red will “make it a great memory.” “Playing in the finals no matter where the game is actually played is a great experience,” the veteran Steubenville ...

Steubenville to take on Hartley

COLUMBUS — R-E-S-P-E-C-T! When it comes to Big Red’s football program, Columbus Bishop Hartley coach Brad Burchfield isn’t shy about expressing his feelings. “I have great, great respect for Big Red,” Burchfield said Monday during an OHSAA teleconference with all coaches involved ...

Mike Mathison
LEADING THE WAY — Steubenville junior quarterback Javon Davis looks to throw a pass during the second half of the 51-27 state semifinal win over Perry at Boardman High School. Davis has helped lead Big Red to the Division IV state title game 21 years after his father Jose did the same thing for Bellaire.

Big Red playing in 8th title game

In its last two playoff games, Big Red faced a couple of pass happy opponents in Shelby and Perry. That will all change in Friday’s Division IV championship game. Columbus Bishop Hartley likes to run the football and the Hawks, 12-2, run it well. Tailback Marquette Dixon, a 5-foot-10, ...

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BIG RED vs. PERRY

STEUBENVILLE — Another high-flying offense awaits Big Red’s football team as it seeks a return trip to the Ohio Division IV championship game. Steubenville, 12-1, and Perry’s unbeaten Pirates, who average nearly 400 yards per game and 42 points, will square off Friday in the state ...

Mike Mathison
FINDING DAYLIGHT — Steubenville’s Jonathan Blackmon runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from quarterback Javon Davis after receiving a downfield block from teammate Nick Scott during last week’s 29-15 win over Shelby in the Division IV Region 15 championship game. Steubenville will face Perry at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Boardman High School in the state semifinals.

Big Red back in the state semis

Thanksgiving traditions — we all have a few. There’s gathering with your children to watch parades, enjoying a holiday meal with your family, eating way too much then, of course, complaining, getting a jump on Black Friday shopping and settling into your favorite chair for some ...