Football Xtra

GROUP CELEBRATION — Steubenville’s Jacob Bernard (25) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against St. Joseph’s Catholic on Sept. 8 at Harding Stadium. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

No luck needed for No. 1 Big Red, just solid efforts

STEUBENVILLE — Reno Saccoccia and his veteran coaching staff are busy this week preparing unbeaten Big Red for 48 minutes of physical football. Steubenville, which still leads the Ohio AP Division IV poll, will entertain always-tough Youngstown Ursuline Friday at Harding Stadium. The kick ...

CARRYING THE LOAD — Madonna’s Donavan Kirby rushes against Mathews on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

Undefeated Blue Dons staying humble

WEIRTON — The 5-0 Madonna Blue Dons have made a remarkable turnaround after three straight 2-8 seasons, and second-year head coach Darrin Hicks now has to caution his kids about complacency and looking ahead. The Blue Dons host winless Parkersburg Catholic today at Jimmy Carey Stadium, and ...

RUNNING ROOM — Weir’s Garet Hostuttler rushes against Petersburg on Sept. 23. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Fair to say, Weir must play its best come Friday night

By RALPH COX Football Xtra Writer WEIRTON — The Weir High football team will be going from the frying pan to the fire this week. Reeling from a 13-7 loss last week to unbeaten Union Local, the Red Riders will celebrate homecoming with the invasion of fourth-ranked Fairmont Senior Friday ...

UNDER PRESSURE — Steubenville Catholic Central’s Levi Thompson pressures Barnesville’s Cade Hannahs on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

New opponent, different field, one goal in mind

WELLSBURG — Things didn’t go well for Catholic Central when it met a new opponent (South Harrison) earlier this season. Coach Steve Daley is hoping for different results when his Crusaders square off with a second first-time foe (St. Mary’s of Lancaster, N.Y.) at 7 p.m. Saturday inside ...

QUICK PASS — Toronto’s Nate Karaffa passes to teammate Kobe Herrick against Columbiana on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Red Knights running out of time, options

TORONTO — The Toronto football team is going out of the frying pan and into the fire. Coming off of a loss last week, Toronto is set to face off against Lisbon at 7 p.m. Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference matchup. The Red Knights (4-2) enter the game ...

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Edison, Harrison seek second victory, hope

CADIZ — The Week 7 matchup between Harrison Central and Edison Friday is one between two teams that have not had the seasons they would have hoped for, with both teams entering with 1-5 records. Both, however, are taking a lot of pride in representing their schools. “They play hard; ...

RUSHING — Brooke’s Gage Yost rushes against Indian Creek on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Brooke trying to eliminate self-inflicted mistakes

WELLSBURG — The Brooke Bruins are coming off another loss that left coach Mac McLean feeling like his team had beat themselves, with turnovers and penalties piling up that led to a 31-0 defeat at the hands of rival Indian Creek in Wintersville last Friday. For the Bruins to get back on ...

Oak Glen wants the bridge

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Oak Glen and East Liverpool football teams will continue their long time rivalry as the Golden Bears take on the Potters at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Patterson Field in the “Battle of the Bridge.” Both teams are entering the game coming off of losses. Oak Glen (2-3) ...

PASSING — Buckeye Local’s Seth Richardson passes against John Marshall on Friday. (Contributed)

Buckeye still marching on

YORKVILLE — The Buckeye Local Panthers host Beaver Local on Friday night at World War II Memorial Stadium, still searching for win No. 1 on the season. While sitting with an 0-6 record, it has not been the season that first year Panthers head coach Roger Herbert would have hoped for coming ...

RUNNING BY — Indian Creek’s Trevor Fante rushes past Brooke’s Carson Secrist on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Redskins host streaking Purple Riders

WINTERSVILLE — After three straight losses, Martins Ferry appears to have found its groove. The Purple Riders, winners of two straight, head to Kettlewell Stadium on Friday night for a tough Buckeye 8 test against Indian Creek. But it’s far from one they can’t survive, veteran head ...