Football Xtra

Golden Bears out of hibernation

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen Golden Bears picked up win No. 1 on the road at Buckeye Local in Week 3, and now coach Ted Arneault wants to his team take another step forward Friday night when they return home and to West Virginia Class AA play against the Grafton Bearcats. “We go ...

Unlocking the code

STEUBENVILLE — The key for Big Red’s football team as it prepares for Friday’s contest with Canada Football North St. Joseph is pretty straightforward — keep getting better. “We just have to keep working hard and keep getting better,” head coach Reno Saccoccia said earlier this ...

Crusaders finally get a home game

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will face its toughest test to date when it opens its 2018 home season Saturday against Southern Local. The kick for the first ever meeting between the schools is set for 7 p.m. inside Harding Stadium. Both clubs will enter with 2-0 records, and Central will ...

Edison, Toronto following same path

TORONTO — While the coaches on the sidelines might be new, the rivalry is nothing new, and nothing new to them, either. The 2018 edition of the Toronto Red Knights and the Edison Wildcats, which takes place Friday at Clarke Hinkle Stadium, is a battle of first-year coaches now leading ...

Weir High embracing tough battle with James Monroe

WEIRTON — With two lopsided victories to open the 2018 season, the Weir High Red Riders now turn their attention to the first of several games against teams that were rated high by preseason prognosticators along with being perennial playoff participants. First up is James Monroe, new to ...

Madonna working to avoid upset against Vincentian Academy

WEIRTON — How does a team prepare for a football opponent that suspended its season a year ago and hasn’t played a game yet this year? Madonna coach Darrin Hicks said the plan is to work hard in practice on the things that will make the Blue Dons better and make adjustments on the fly ...

Oak Glen or Buckeye Local will win

YORKVILLE — When the Buckeye Local Panthers host the Oak Glen Golden Bears on Friday night at World War II Memorial Stadium, one of the teams will pick up its first win. The Panthers played in a close game at Union Local in Week 2, holding a slim lead in the third quarter before falling, ...

Crusaders clash with Bears

NEW MANCHESTER — Steubenville Catholic Central looks for its seventh consecutive victory over Oak Glen when the foes square off at 7 p.m. Friday. Steve Daley, head coach of the Crusaders, knows pushing that streak to seven in a row won’t be an easy task. “Oak Glen is vastly improved ...

Big Red ready to erase 0-1 start

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville will be looking to rebound from a rare season-opening loss when it welcomes Morgantown to Harding Stadium Friday. The kick for the annual Legends Night contest is set for 7 p.m. Before the game, Big Red’s Boosters Club will honor seniors from the 1991 SHS ...

Madonna visits state champions

WHEELING — Wheeling Central and Madonna have a long history together, and their rivalry writes the next chapter during tonight’s clash at Bishop Schmitt Field on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Both teams started the season with impressive victories, albeit in ...