Football Xtra

Golden Bears, Wildcats improving weekly

RICHMOND — The teams battling at Cartwright Memorial Field on Friday night are, according to both coaches, much improved from a season ago and in for a battle when Edison hosts Oak Glen. “I think both teams have taken some steps forward,” first-year Edison coach Shane O’Brien said. ...

Crusaders end road portion at Barnesville

BARNESVILLE — Catholic Central will encounter a “much-improved” opponent when it visits Shamrock Stadium on Friday. Barnesville brings a 2-3 record into its annual Pumpkin Bowl, while Central stands at 4-1. The eighth all-time meeting between the schools (CCHS holds a 5-2 series lead ...

Red Riders return home

WEIRTON — Bouncing back from its lone loss, Weir High’s 25-15 win at Petersburg on Saturday could be the impetus the Red Riders need to have a successful second half of the season. The Riders (4-1) embark on that second half with the annual homecoming game at Jimmy Carey Stadium Friday ...

Blue Dons must win Saturday for possible playoff implications

WEIRTON — Even though it is midway through the season, Madonna’s game Saturday with Clarksburg Notre Dame could have playoff implications as both teams go into the battle of West Virginia Catholic school rivals with several similarities. It will be the second home afternoon game for the ...

Harrison Central wants Coal Bucket trophy

CADIZ — Harrison Central faces a tall task again Friday when it welcomes one of the top teams in Ohio Division IV in St. Clairsville. The game is a rivalry for first-year coach Anthony Hayes’ players, who are battling for the Coal Bucket trophy. “They are certainly going to be a ...

Big Red rolling

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red and Pittsburgh USO both dropped their season openers. Since then, each squad has reeled off three consecutive victories. One winning streak will come to an end Friday when the Wildcats visit Harding Stadium. The kick for Big Red’s annual homecoming game is set for 7 ...

Crusaders carrying momentum to Warren JFK

WARREN — Steve Daley has a warning for Catholic Central football fans — don’t be fooled by Warren JFK’s 1-3 record. The Eagles opened the season with a win against Champion. Since then, they have fallen to unbeaten LaBrae, 3-1 Girard and 2-2 Crestview. In those games, JFK has been out ...

Weir High hits the road for first time this season

WEIRTON — Veteran Weir High head coach Tony Filberto said his Red Riders are preparing this week to play a very formidable opponent. There’s a good reason for that, because the Red Riders will be on the road for about four hours to play unbeaten and fourth-ranked Petersburg beginning at ...

Blue Dons look to slay the Dragons in Class A battle

CAMERON — If there’s one thing Cameron coach Scott Holt is sure about concerning Friday’s 7 p.m. meeting with Madonna at Dragon Stadium, it’s that his crew must be prepared for anything. What the Blue Dons (3-1) have shown, Holt said, is unlike anything the Dragons (4-0) have seen ...

Indian Creek welcomes No. 4 St. Clairsville

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek Redskins not only picked up a bounce-back win against Buckeye 8 rival Buckeye Local in Week 4, but Andrew Connor’s team did so without any injuries, giving it another week to heal up and get players healthy. It is extra important because, when Friday ...