Football Xtra

DOWN THE MIDDLE — Indian Creek’s Brandon Hiles kicks a field goal with Sam Mazar holding against East Liverpool on Sept. 1 (photo by Joe Catullo).

Indian Creek hits the road for tough matchup with Red Devils

SAINT CLAIRSVILLE — The Indian Creek Redskins got back in the win column last week with a 36-0 shutout of Buckeye 8 rival Buckeye Local and are back on the road after splitting a pair of home games the past two weeks to face a tough challenge in another Buckeye 8 rival, the St. Clairsville ...

Kropka returns to alma mater

MARTINS FERRY — It’s homecoming week at the Dave Bruney Football Complex. No, not that homecoming. It will be celebrated next week. A literal homecoming that only occurs during odd years will unfold Friday night when Purple Rider product Justin Kropka returns with his Harrison Central ...

HANDING OFF — Edison’s Kenny Cranston hands off to Seth Cade against Beaver Local on Friday (photo by Wayne Maris).

Edison excited for homecoming, unbeaten Union Local Friday

RICHMOND — The Edison football team faces another stiff test this week. The Wildcats are set to play undefeated Buckeye 8 rival Union Local at 7 p.m. at Cartwright Memorial Field on homecoming night. The Wildcats (0-4) and the Jets both played teams from the Buckeye 8 last week. Beaver ...

THROUGH A TIGHT WINDOW — Oak Glen’s Nick Chaney completes a pass over Weir’s Tyler Komorowski while Ty Biela (66) looks to block on Aug. 25 (photo by Joe Catullo).

Bears done hibernating

NEW MANCHESTER — Coming off of a bye week and its first win of the season the last time it was on the field, Oak Glen takes on winless Warren Local Friday at home. The last time out, the Golden Bears (1-2) came from behind to defeat Buckeye Local 28-21 in double overtime, something head ...

FINDING ROOM — Buckeye Local’s John Marelli rushes against Oak Glen on Sept. 8 (photo by Joe Catullo).

Buckeye in same boat with Bellaire

YORKVILLE — A pair of teams seeking to rebound from Week 4 losses will meet at World War II Memorial Stadium on Friday night as Bellaire visits Buckeye Local for a Buckeye 8 tussle. The trip north represents the final leg of a three-game road trip for Bellaire. The Big Reds re-enter ...

PICKING UP THE PIECES — Brooke’s Ethan Secrist runs after a blocked punt against Morgantown on Friday (photo by Sean Manning).

Bruins simply must be better than Perry

WELLSBURG — The Brooke Bruins have not got off to the start they had hoped for, going 0-3 after a 35-6 loss at Morgantown last Friday, but head coach Mac McLean is hopeful his team can turn things around. “Looking at our schedule and the way it was stacked, we knew it was a ...

BIG CHALLENGE — The Steubenville football team runs on the field before its matchup with St. Joseph on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

No. 1 Big Red needs everyone ready for unbeaten Boardman

STEUBENVILLE — A couple of state-ranked unbeatens are set to collide in a Week 4 showdown on Reno Field at Harding Stadium. Big Red, ranked first in the initial Ohio AP Division IV poll, will welcome Boardman, the No. 7 team in the Division II standings, for the annual Legends Night game. ...

FINDING ROOM — Weir’s Reed Reitter rushes while Mason Rice (75) watches against John Marshall on Friday. (Photo by Micheal D. McElwain)

Riders key on Golden Tornado

KEYSER — Some might think that Weir High’s opponent Friday, Keyser, would be another notch in the Red Rider victory column because of the 59-0 whipping the Golden Tornado took last week at the hands of Fort Hill, MD. Not so says veteran Red Rider coach,Tony Filberto ...

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Panthers, Redskins erasing defeats last week heading into Friday night

WINTERSVILLE — Both the Indian Creek Redksins and Buckeye Local Panthers head into Friday night’s Buckeye 8 showdown at Indian Creek’s Kettlewell Memorial Stadium coming off of disappointing setbacks in Week 3. The Redskins (2-1) dropped their home opener to Alliance after a 2-0 start ...

BREAKING TACKLES — Madonna’s Donavan Kirby rushes while Zak Tokash (61) blocks against Bridgeport on Friday. (Contributed)

Madonna still on path to success

BEALLSVILLE — Two teams that seem to be on the same path to success will face off Friday night when resurgent 2-0 Madonna invades Beallsville (1-2), coming off a big win over Hundred. The opening kick will be at 7 p.m. at the Beallsville Stadium, which features a new state-of-the-art video ...