Football Xtra

Steelers secondary faces test

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden knows about losing to the Baltimore Ravens. The Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback has been on the losing end of 11 of his 14 games against Baltimore. Ten of those 11 came when he was with the Cleveland Browns. He’s only lost to the Ravens once with the Steelers, ...

Big Red begins title defense in familiar territory

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s quest for a second straight Ohio Division IV championship begins Saturday with a Region 13 quarterfinal match against a very familiar foe. Akron Buchthel will invade Harding Stadium (the kick is set for 7 p.m.) for its 10th all-time meeting with Big Red. ...

Crusaders face difficult road test

CHESTERLAND — Steve Daley knows his Catholic Central football team faces a monumental challenge Friday in its Division VI, Region 21 quarterfinal game. The veteran coach also knows his Crusaders will give it everything they have. The 7-3 and seventh-seeded Crusaders will face unbeaten ...

Madonna closes its season against rival

WEIRTON — During recent years, the Madonna-Clay-Battelle football game, traditionally played on the last week of the season, has been an important meeting of two teams vying for playoff positions. This time, neither team has an opportunity for the postseason, so the Friday night matchup at ...

Redskins hunting Eagles

HUBBARD — Indian Creek is back in the playoffs. According to coach Andrew Connor, to get there, the Redskins have been in playoff mode since Week 5. The Redskins rattled off five straight wins to finish sixth in Division IV, Region 13 and earn a Saturday trip to No. 3 seed Hubbard. ...

Weir High healing before its playoff run

WEIRTON — This is an easy, relaxing and fun week for the Weir High football team, as it enjoys its mandatory West Virginia bye week while awaiting the final state rankings and finding out its playoff pairing. Tony Filberto, veteran Red Rider coach, for many years has been old school about ...

Brooke, Princeton square off in battle of winless teams

PRINCETON — The Brooke Bruins have one more chance to get in the win column Friday night with a trip to Princeton, as both teams will look to close the season with a first victory of the season. “They have crossed paths with a lot of our opponents this year,” Brooke coach Mac McLean ...

Edison hopes to spoil Indian Creek’s playoff chances tonight

WINTERSVILLE — When Edison and Indian Creek meet in the annual Route 43 Bowl at 7 p.m. today, there are a lot of personal connections on both sides. With less than eight miles between the schools, the players, coaches, families and fans all are likely to have friends, or even family members ...

Big Red closes season with University

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red has clinched an 18th consecutive trip to the playoffs and can guarantee itself a first- round home game with a victory in Friday’s regular season finale opposite University School. The kick for the second meeting between the schools (Steubenville blanked the ...

Crusaders facing must-win situation vs. Fort Frye

STEUBENVILLE — Win and they’re in, maybe, even with a home game. Lose and, well, maybe. That’s the scenario facing Catholic Central’s football squad this week, as it preps for Saturday’s regular-season finale against unbeaten Fort Frye. The second meeting between the schools ...