Football Xtra

Here comes the Hun

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red, according to veteran coach Reno Saccoccia, will need “a monumental effort for 48 minutes” when it entertains the Hun School from Princeton, N.J., on Saturday. “I think we have played three physical football games to date,” Saccoccia said. “In fact, we’ve ...

Crusaders, Wildcats look for elusive third win

RICHMOND — First-year Edison coach Shane O’Brien is hoping his Wildcats can “gain a little momentum” heading into Friday’s game with Steubenville Catholic Central. Meanwhile, Crusader boss Steve Daley is looking for his charges to rebound from “a poor performance” against ...

Panthers look to end losing skid against injury-riddled Redskins

YORKVILLE — When the Buckeye Local Panthers and Indian Creek Redskins take the field at World War II Memorial Stadium on Friday night, there is a lot of history that comes with the meeting of local rivals. “It’s a Buckeye 8 game, plus Buckeye is one of our main rivals because we’ve ...

Tornado warning

WEIRTON — Weir High coach Tony Filberto said he didn’t feel his 3-0, sixth-ranked Red Riders played very well at times in the thrilling 26-20 win over James Monroe last Friday, but they gained experience and perhaps found out some things about themselves. “We didn’t play very well at ...

Madonna moving forward

WEIRTON — Madonna and Beallsville, two teams that have football programs moving forward, will clash at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Jimmy Carey Stadium. Both teams go into the fray with some similarities, such as both being forced this year to use underclassmen. “We had some guys dinged up ...

Golden Bears out of hibernation

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen Golden Bears picked up win No. 1 on the road at Buckeye Local in Week 3, and now coach Ted Arneault wants to his team take another step forward Friday night when they return home and to West Virginia Class AA play against the Grafton Bearcats. “We go ...

Unlocking the code

STEUBENVILLE — The key for Big Red’s football team as it prepares for Friday’s contest with Canada Football North St. Joseph is pretty straightforward — keep getting better. “We just have to keep working hard and keep getting better,” head coach Reno Saccoccia said earlier this ...

Crusaders finally get a home game

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will face its toughest test to date when it opens its 2018 home season Saturday against Southern Local. The kick for the first ever meeting between the schools is set for 7 p.m. inside Harding Stadium. Both clubs will enter with 2-0 records, and Central will ...

Edison, Toronto following same path

TORONTO — While the coaches on the sidelines might be new, the rivalry is nothing new, and nothing new to them, either. The 2018 edition of the Toronto Red Knights and the Edison Wildcats, which takes place Friday at Clarke Hinkle Stadium, is a battle of first-year coaches now leading ...

Weir High embracing tough battle with James Monroe

WEIRTON — With two lopsided victories to open the 2018 season, the Weir High Red Riders now turn their attention to the first of several games against teams that were rated high by preseason prognosticators along with being perennial playoff participants. First up is James Monroe, new to ...