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Big Red begins another postseason push in unfamiliar territory

AURORA — Big Red and Aurora will be looking to play their best in Friday’s Division III, Region 9 quarterfinal showdown. The kick for the second meeting between the traditionally strong programs is set for 7 p.m. inside Veterans Stadium. “For us, the key is we need to play the best ...

Redskins finally host first playoff game Saturday

WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek has checked a lot of boxes and accomplished a lot of goals this season. The biggest on the list, though, is still in front of it — win a playoff game. It has the chance to be the first Indian Creek team to do that Saturday night, as the No. 3 seed Redskins ...

Toronto prepared to host, face St. Thomas Aquinas

TORONTO — During the summer and throughout the course of the season, Josh Franke prepared his Toronto football team to face a team with a high-powered passing attack in the playoffs. As it turns out, the Red Knights open the playoffs hosting such a team when St. Thomas Aquinas out of ...

Weir High sits in 19th place, needs multiple teams to lose

WEIRTON — The Weir High football team finished the regular season last week with a huge 54-0 win over arch-rival Brooke and now sits at No. 19 in the West Virginia Class AA rankings with a 6-4 record. Mathematically, the Red Riders still have a chance to be among the top 16 that make the ...

Madonna would be in if W.Va. playoffs began this week

WEIRTON — If the West Virginia playoffs started this week as they do in Ohio, Madonna (6-3-1), now ranked 16th, would be traveling to face unbeaten Doddridge County, playing in the first round in a new stadium that is second to none in the state. However, there still is another week of ...

Golden Bears hoping to stay home

EW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen might have just finished the first 10-0 season in school history and have a Class AA playoff spot locked up, but that does not mean head coach Ted Arneault and company cannot get better. In fact, the Golden Bears are spending their Week 11 bye working on just that. ...

Brooke concludes season with home game vs. Preston

WELLSBURG — Brooke might not have a chance at the playoffs anymore, but the Bruins still have plenty to play for on Friday night, hosting Preston in the season finale. Preston (4-5) still has a chance to qualify for the Class AAA playoffs with a win, meaning the Bruins (2-7) can play ...

Everything on the line

WEIRTON — In the 49-year history of Weir High versus Brooke football games, it is likely that few had the importance of the 50th meeting that will be played Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium. It might come as a surprise to many, but both teams are eyeing slim chances of making it to ...

Big Red faces do-or-die situation

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red and Linsly will be looking to snap surprising two-game losing streaks when they collide Friday on Reno Field inside Harding Stadium. The kick for the first meeting between the schools since 1943 is set for 7 p.m. Big Red holds a 5-0-1 lead in its series with Linsly ...

Madonna must win to get in

WEIRTON — Reeling from two-straight losses, the Madonna Blue Dons go into the season finale Saturday facing a must-win situation in order to play an 11th game this season. The Conotton Valley Rockets invade Jimmy Carey Stadium with a 4-5 record, including two-straight wins. There will be ...