Football Xtra

Madonna returns from bye ready

WEIRTON — After spending what Madonna head coach Darrin Hicks said was a very productive bye week, the Blue Dons are eager to get back into action with the annual homecoming game. However, the task of winning will be difficult with the 5-1 Van Bulldogs, ranked 12th in the Class A ...

Oak Glen looks to continue winning ways

NEW MANCHESTER — Some of the top athletes in the Herald-Star/Daily Times coverage area will be on the field Friday night when Oak Glen hosts Harrison Central. “They are a much-improved team,” Harrison Central coach Anthony Hayes said of the Golden Bears. “I remember watching their ...

Creek hopes to stay in playoff contention

CALCUTTA — After a big performance at Martins Ferry, Indian Creek has put itself right back in the playoff race with three weeks to go. The Redskins sit ninth in Division IV, Region 13, just one spot out. “Our kids knew our backs were against the wall last week,” Indian Creek coach ...

Big Red visits New Philly for first time since 1923

NEW PHILADELPHIA — Steubenville will be looking to slow down another high-powered offense Friday when it makes its first and only road trip of the regular season. After falling to Cincinnati Turpin and Ravenna to open the season, New Philadelphia has won three of its last four and is riding ...

Crusaders must give perfect effort

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville Catholic Central will begin a four-game home stand Friday with one major challenge. The 5-1 Crusaders are set to host unbeaten Wheeling Central, West Virginia’s second-ranked Class A squad and the defending state champion. The kick for the 40th all-time meeting ...

Weir High’s time to shine

WEIRTON — It should not be a secret to anyone who follows Weir High football that this Week 7 is what the Red Riders have been waiting for since practice began in early August. It should be for Fairmont Senior, a team that was runner up to Bluefield last year and currently is unbeaten and ...

Madonna going back to basics during bye week

WEIRTON — For the players on the Madonna football team, this week will be a revisit of the offseason and the early part of the August training camp, as coach Darrin Hicks and his staff plans to concentrate a lot of the mandatory bye week time on strength training and conditioning, as well as ...

Edison has no room for error this week

RICHMOND — Edison looks to bounce back and get back on the right side of the .500 mark Friday night when it hosts East Liverpool. Both teams are 3-3. “They have done a really good job this year,” Edison coach Shane O’Brien said. “They have a very explosive offense, and what they do ...

Redskins, Bruins clash

WELLSBURG — Indian Creek travels to Brooke Memorial Stadium on Friday night for a rivalry matchup with the Bruins that goes way back in the communities. “It’s been a cool thing since we picked it back up,” Indian Creek coach Andrew Connor said. “I think it gives the communities and ...

Big Red, Dover have a lot riding on the line

STEUBENVILLE — Some serious computer points will be up for grabs Friday when Dover’s high-octane Tornadoes invade Harding Stadium to test Big Red. Both teams are 4-1 and both are highly ranked in this week’s OHSAA computer rankings. Dover is fourth in Division II, Region 7, while ...