Football Xtra

LEADING THE CHARGE — Steubenville’s Quentin Moore (50) leads Big Red on the field to challenge Salem in a Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal on Friday at Harding Stadium. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Big Red looks to rewrite history with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

SALEM — For Big Red to reach a fifth consecutive regional championship game, it must first deal with playoff nemesis Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The tradition-rich programs will square off in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals Friday inside Reilly Stadium. The kick, as mandated by OHSAA, ...

CONDITIONING — Weir High’s Chad Custer rushes against Petersburg on Sept. 23. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Red Riders embrace underdog role

WEIRTON — Finishing the high school football regular season in the bottom half of the top 16 automatically makes a team the underdog. Going on the road to play at a team that is 9-1 with its lone loss by four points makes it not only an underdog role for Weir High this week, but also a hefty ...

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED — Madonna’s Vince Pulice looks to pass against Wheeling Central on Oct. 28. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Madonna’s incredible turnaround continues

WEIRTON — The last time the Madonna football team had a winning record and made the playoffs was in 2013 when it finished unbeaten and won its second ever state championship. Now, the Blue Dons (8-2) have fashioned an unexpected complete turnaround, and the Madonna community is ...

RUNNING HARD — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Justin Hartzell rushes by Madonna on Oct. 19. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Crusaders’ 2017 campaign one of their finest in history

STEUBENVILLE — Back in early August, Steve Daley liked what he saw when he looked at his 2017 Catholic Central football Crusaders. At the time, Daley just wished he saw a few more players wearing the Royal Blue and Gold. The numbers, obviously, didn’t change and Central opened its season ...

Young Bruins have a lot of work to do in the offseason

WELLSBURG — The Brooke Bruins wrapped up the 2017 season with a 3-7 record and had most of its success toward the end of the campaign, finishing with wins in two of the final three games of the season. Brooke began the year with three straight losses, starting with a 24-6 loss to playoff ...

TAKING THE SACK — Weir High’s Tyler Komorowski sacks Oak Glen quarterback Nick Chaney on Aug. 25. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Bears were doomed from the beginning

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen football squad finished up the 2017 season with a 2-8 record, but a lot of its young players got something that cannot be duplicated: Friday night experience. “It was absolutely a growing year,” Oak Glen coach Ted Arneault said. “Next year our skills ...

TAKING TIME — Steubenville head coach Reno Saccoccia (center) and his assistants speak with their players during a timeout against University on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Big Red’s quest underway

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s quest for a fourth state playoff championship begins Friday when Salem visits Harding Stadium for a Region 13 quarterfinal contest. The kick, as mandated by the OHSAA, is set for 7:30 p.m. Earlier this week, Big Red, which became the 21st team in program history ...

ROAD WARRIORS — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Craig Smith rushes against Madonna on Oct. 19. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Crusaders fine-tuning before long road trip

CHILLICOTHE — Steubenville Catholic Central hit a bump in the road last week in its regular season finale at Fort Frye. Head coach Steve Daley is hoping his Crusaders have a little smoother ride when they head to Chillicothe Southeastern Friday for the Division VI, Region 23 ...

FINDING ROOM — Weir’s Chad Custer fights for yards against Brooke on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Red Riders sit back, relax and wait for playoff fate during bye week

WEIRTON — The Weir High football team completed the 2017 seasons with three straight wins for an overall 7-3 record and locked up it’s fourth straight trip to the playoffs . With the 40-7 win in the season finale last Friday over rival Brooke, the Red Riders moved up one spot to 15th in ...

PICKING UP THE PIECES — Madonna’s Donovan Kirby  scrambles for the loose ball during a kickoff return against Wheeling Central on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Madonna must win for a playoff spot, home game

BLACKSVILLE — Two teams battling for ranking among the final 16 teams in Class A will do battle Friday night in the annual clash between visiting Madonna and Clay-Battelle. The opening kick is slated for 7 p.m. Madonna, which has fallen on hard times in the last two games after winning the ...