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Playoff implications on the line Friday

STEUBENVILLE — Plenty of playoff points will be on the line Friday when unbeaten New Philadelphia and Big Red get together inside Harding Stadium. The high-flying Quakers, ranked third in Joe Eitel’s Division III, Region 9 computer standings, have started the season by whipping Maysville ...

Struggling Crusaders, Wildcats hope to get back on track against one another

STEUBENVILLE — Something will have to give when Catholic Central and Edison get together Saturday inside Harding Stadium. After starting their season with a win over Columbus Africentric, the Crusaders went against two powerhouses on the road — falling to Wheeling Central 39-12 and ...

Weir High hits the long road to face Keyser

KEYSER — The Weir High football team survived a stiff test last week against Frankfort, but it faces an even stiffer one this week against undefeated Keyser. The Red Riders (2-1) and the Golden Tornado (3-0) are set to meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Alumni Stadium. Weir enters the game coming ...

Madonna continues to believe in the process

WEIRTON — A wounded animal can be one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet. The Madonna football team has so far spent this week licking its wounds as a result of a 52-6 loss to Strasburg Friday night on the road. The Blue Dons (2-1) will look to get back on track this week when ...

Toronto hopes to take another step forward

TORONTO — As the early portion of the season progresses, Toronto head coach Josh Franke has seen his team get better and better each week. The Red Knights (2-1) look to take another step in the right direction on Friday night when they return to Clarke Hinkle Stadium to host 1-2 ...

Creek staying focused for Buckeye Local

WINTERSVILLE — Two teams looking to bounce back from Week 3 losses will do battle Friday at the renovated Kettlewell Memorial Stadium, as Indian Creek hosts Buckeye 8 Conference rival Buckeye Local. The Redskins (2-1) dropped a 14-13 heartbreaker to Indian Valley in their first home game ...

Another new foe for Steubenville to face

STEUBENVILLE — The St. Francis Red Raiders will bring their high-octane offensive attack to town Friday, meeting Big Red for the first time. The opening kick is set for 7 p.m. inside Harding Stadium. St. Francis, based in Hamburg, N.Y., launched its season by whipping Erie, Pa., 50-22. The ...

Struggling Wildcats host rival Red Knights

RICHMOND — Last season, Edison left Clarke Hinkle Field with a 25-24 victory after a late goal-line stand broke the hearts of Toronto. As it turned out, a win in that game would have likely put the Red Knights in the playoffs. Nobody has to tell Toronto that, though. Josh Franke and ...

Agresta, Crusaders simply want to execute better

STEUBENVILLE — For Catholic Central coach Anthony Agresta, Saturday’s trip to Southern Local is all about execution. “We have to execute,” Agresta stressed following practice on Tuesday. “We haven’t done anything with our running game that isn’t extremely fundamental this week. ...

Streaking Panthers, Bears clash

NEW MANCHESTER — Friday marks the third time Buckeye Local and Oak Glen will meet under their current head coaches. It is safe to say that both teams are the most excited they have been headed into any of the three. Oak Glen is 2-0, coming off impressive wins in the first two weeks and ...