Football Xtra

CELEBRATION — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Levi Thompson (15) celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Justin Hartzell (4) against Oak Glen on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Crusaders visit Blue Devils

BERLIN CENTER — Catholic Central begins a tough three-game stretch Friday with a trip up north to face a “complete football team.” Western Reserve, which handed the Crusaders a 20-0 defeat in 2016, stands at 1-1 after suffering a 34-0 Week 2 loss to always tough South Range. Steve ...

RUNNING ALL OVER — Indian Creek’s Jakih Scales races down the sidelines against East Liverpool on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Redskins finally come home

WINTERSVILLE — After going on the road the first two weeks of the season and picking up convincing wins over Cambridge (28-7) and East Liverpool (27-0), the Indian Creek Redskins open the home portion of the 2017 season Friday night at Kettlewell Memorial Stadium when the 1-1 Alliance ...

Buckeye, Oak Glen looking for first win this year against one another

NEW MANCHESTER — With two young 0-2 football squads facing one another come Friday night, it should be the perfect opportunity to get that much-needed first victory, especially after facing some powerhouse teams to open the 2017 campaign. Oak Glen knew it would have a tough start with Weir ...

Bruins rested, ready following bye

WELLSBURG — Coming off of a bye week and sitting at 0-1 following a Week 1 loss to Wheeling Park, the Brooke Bruins have a tough challenge when they take the field for their home opener on Friday night against the 2-0 University Hawks. “Now that I’ve got some film on them and have ...

Harrison clashes with Buckeye 8 rival Bellaire

CADIZ — Anytime Bellaire and Harrison Central lock horns, there’s always the potential for fireworks. And to hear Mark Spigarelli and Justin Kropka tell it, the 2017 renewal of the Buckeye 8 rivalry Friday night at Wagner Field will likely have more. “Much like every other time ...

TAKING CHARGE — Steubenville head coach Reno Saccoccia leads his Big Red on the field before their matchup with Upper St. Clair on Friday at Harding Stadium. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Big Red’s road mission simple but important

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s mission for Week 2 is pretty simple: “play 48 minutes of solid football.” Fresh off a 37-7 victory over Upper St. Clair, Steubenville will travel to Morgantown Friday for its fourth-ever meeting with the Mohigans. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pony Lewis Field ...

THROUGH THE SMOKE — Weir’s Tyler Mack (32), Jaylon Bridges (20), Chad Custer (5) and more come out of the tunnel before its matchup with Oak Glen on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Weir faces home opener dilemma

WEIRTON — It is difficult to do adequate scouting on a team from nearly 500 miles away, but when that team hasn’t played a game yet this season trying to determine what type of offense and defense they will throw at you is very difficult. That’s what faces the Weir High Red Riders ...

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Golden Bears, Crusaders prep for Saturday night football

STEUBENVILLE — After recording a huge road victory to begin the season, Catholic Central will play its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Harding Stadium. Providing the opposition will be the Oak Glen Golden Bears, who suffered a 52-0 defeat to Weir High. Central will introduce its players ...

Madonna eager, hungry to get season under way

WEIRTON — Chomping at the bit is how second-year Madonna coach Darrin Hicks described his team as it prepares for its season opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tuscarawas Central Catholic in New Philadelphia. The Blue Dons have been practicing since August 1 and are eager to hit someone besides ...

Redskins buckling down for Potters rush attack

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Indian Creek Redskins opened their season with an impressive victory on the road, 28-7 over Cambridge, avenging a Week 1 loss to the Bobcats a year ago. This week, they’ll head out on the road again for a matchup with the East Liverpool Potters at Patterson ...