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Indian Creek has faith in Mazar

WINTERSVILLE — After opening the season with a dramatic, come-from-behind win over Cambridge, the Indian Creek Redskins are back at Kettlewell Memorial Stadium to host Buckeye 8 North rival East Liverpool. “It really doesn’t matter what happened in Week 1. It’s a Buckeye 8 North game ...

New-look Big Red ready to defend title

STEUBENVILLE — As far as Reno Saccoccia is concerned, little things will mean a lot when his Big Red opens the 2018 football season Friday against Penn Hills inside Harding Stadium. The opening kick is set for 7 p.m. “This is the best team we have ever opened up with since I have been ...

Crusaders, Red Knights renew rivalry

TORONTO — Josh Franke, the new Toronto football coach, will be the first to say it doesn’t get any better than this. It, in this case, is Friday’s season opener for Franke’s Red Knights — at home against arch-rival Steubenville Catholic Central. The kick is set for 7 p.m. inside what ...

Battle of Hancock County

WEIRTON — When the high school football season rolls around each year, the two high school teams in Hancock County — Weir High and Oak Glen — jump right into action not only with high expectations, but the kind of intensity that comes at the end of the season for teams good enough to make ...

Madonna hosts rival Bridgeport in opener tonight

WEIRTON — In 2017, Madonna and Bridgeport renewed a small school football series that developed into a rivalry in the early 2000s, when the games were hard- fought and won by just a touchdown or less. This year, the Blue Dons and Bulldogs meet in the season opener at Jimmy Carey Stadium, and ...

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Wheeling Park at Brooke WELLSBURG — The Brooke Bruins face a tough challenge to start the season tonight when the Wheeling Park Patriots come to Brooke Memorial Stadium. “They are a quality, conference opponent,” Brooke coach Mac McLean said. “They are a tall task for anyone to ...

Big Red looks to rewrite history with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney

SALEM — For Big Red to reach a fifth consecutive regional championship game, it must first deal with playoff nemesis Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The tradition-rich programs will square off in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals Friday inside Reilly Stadium. The kick, as mandated by OHSAA, ...

Red Riders embrace underdog role

WEIRTON — Finishing the high school football regular season in the bottom half of the top 16 automatically makes a team the underdog. Going on the road to play at a team that is 9-1 with its lone loss by four points makes it not only an underdog role for Weir High this week, but also a hefty ...

Madonna’s incredible turnaround continues

WEIRTON — The last time the Madonna football team had a winning record and made the playoffs was in 2013 when it finished unbeaten and won its second ever state championship. Now, the Blue Dons (8-2) have fashioned an unexpected complete turnaround, and the Madonna community is ...

Crusaders’ 2017 campaign one of their finest in history

STEUBENVILLE — Back in early August, Steve Daley liked what he saw when he looked at his 2017 Catholic Central football Crusaders. At the time, Daley just wished he saw a few more players wearing the Royal Blue and Gold. The numbers, obviously, didn’t change and Central opened its season ...