Football Xtra

Madonna getting right back at it

By RALPH COX Football Xtra Writer WEIRTON — Two old rivals knock heads at Jimmy Carey Stadium Saturday night when 4-4 Wheeling Central comes to Weirton for the annual joust with once beaten Madonna. With it being the final home game of 2017, Madonna will honor 11 seniors playing the final ...

Indian Creek’s Derrick Eakle (right) runs after hauling in a pass while Beaver Local’s Torey Calio tries to tackle him on Oct. 13. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

No playoff hopes needed when Edison, Indian Creek renew rivalry tonight

RICHMOND — Neither of the teams will be competing in the playoffs this season, but there is a lot of pride on the line at Cartwright Memorial Field on tonight when Indian Creek and Edison face off in the battle of Route 43 rivalry game. The rivalry has belonged to the Redskins (5-4), who ...

SEEING PRESSURE — Toronto’s Nathan Karaffa looks for a receiver past Lisbon’s Chase McCoy on Oct. 6. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Toronto staying positive, must win for postseason possibility

WELLSVILLE — The Toronto football team has, coincidentally, a lot on the line this week against rival Wellsville. The Red Knights enter the game against the Tigers looking to not end the regular season with a losing record, claim the Joe Scarabino/Corky Heaton Trophy and lock up a spot in ...

TACKLING DRILLS — Oak Glen’s Kellen Tropeck tackles an East Fairmont runner while Cam Oulds watches on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Golden Bears want to wreck Beavers’ dam

CALCUTTA — The Oak Glen football team is looking to regroup after another huge defeat, while Beaver Local is looking to get back on track following back-to-back shutouts. The Golden Bears travel across the river for a 7 p.m. Friday night game against the rival Beavers inside Fighting Beaver ...

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Perfect season, playoff hopes on the line for CCHS, Madonna

WEIRTON — Rival schools that are only about 10 miles apart will face off on the Jimmy Carey gridiron tonight in a game that could make or break either team’s playoff chances. Steubenville Catholic Central brings it’s 6-2 record to Weirton to face the unbeaten and fifth-ranked Madonna ...

ATTACKING — Steubenville’s Jacob Bernard rushes against New Philadelphia on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

No. 1 Steubenville still striving for perfection

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red’s drive to regular season perfection continues Friday when Cardinal O’Hara, located near Buffalo, visits Harding Stadium. Kickoff for Big Red’s homecoming game is set for 7 p.m. The schools will be meeting for the eighth time, Steubenville holding a 7-0 series ...

STAYING ALIVE — Weir’s Chad Custer (5) celebrates a touchdown with Tyler Mack (32) and Reed Reitter (11) against Petersburg on Sept. 23. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Red Riders must keep winning

WEIRTON — The Weir High football team heads into the ninth game of the season with coach Tony Filberto and his staff possibly having to make more decisions than they do in a normal preparation for an opponent. The Red Riders head into the home stretch with a must win situation against ...

RUSHING BY — Indian Creek’s Johnell Blair rushes past Beaver Local’s Beau Smith on Friday. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Redskins hit the road to end their season

COLUMBIANA — Coming off of perhaps what is the Redskins most impressive performance of the season (a 38-0 senior night thumping of Beaver Local), Indian Creek hits the road to take on the Crestview Rebels Friday night. “It was a complete game for us,” Indian Creek coach Andrew Connor ...

BATTLING — Toronto’s Juston Patterson fights for yards against Columbiana’s Zach Witherow on Sept. 29. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

Toronto clinging to final playoff spot

TORONTO — The Toronto football team is looking to get back on track this week against United. The Golden Eagles and Red Knights face off at 7 p.m. in an Ohio Eastern Athletic Conference contest Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field on Toronto’s senior night. Toronto enters the game coming ...

HANGING ON — Edison’s Seth Cade hauls in a catch past Steubenville Catholic Central’s Anthony Lefever Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

Buckeye Local, Edison are playing for all the marbles

RICHMOND — It is safe to say that it has not been the season that either the Buckeye Local Panthers or Edison Wildcats would have hoped for coming in. Come Friday night when they take the field, both coaches expect big efforts from their respective clubs. “I think that we are both kind ...