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Big Red getting ready for big test

STEUBENVILLE — Reno Saccoccia and his 2021 Steubenville High School football team are preparing for what the Hall of Fame coach calls “the toughest opener we’ve had since I’ve been here.” First-time opponent Olentangy Liberty, a Division I member of the Ohio Capital Central ...

Central facing former Big Red coach in opener

VIENNA — Catholic Central’s football Crusaders will help Bill Bohren launch his 50th season of coaching Friday when they travel to Vienna Mathews. The kick for the 2021 opener and the first meeting between the schools is set for 7 p.m. At 87, Bohren, who guided Big Red from 1975-1977 and ...

Creek faces familiar foe to open season

CAMBRIDGE — For the seventh-consecutive year, Indian Creek will open its season against Cambridge on Friday night. In the first six meetings, the Redskins are 4-2 and have won all three previous contests at McFarland Stadium. Given the familiarity between the programs, veteran Creek head ...

Wildcats face tough test in debut of Collopy, field

RICHMOND — A new era of Edison football begins Friday night against Southern Local. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. for what will be the first game for the Wildcats under the guidance of first-year head coach Mike Collopy.  “Things are going well,” Collopy said about his team’s ...

Red Knights christening new turf against rival Wellsville

TORONTO — The grand reopening of Clarke Hinkle Field will take place Friday night as rivals Toronto and Wellsville meet on the gridiron to open the season. The Red Knights and Tigers have a longstanding yearly rivalry, but last season’s game scheduled for Nicholson Stadium was canceled due ...

Panthers travel to Barnesville tonight

BARNESVILLE — Jim Hoover may be new to being Buckeye Locals’ head football coach, but he’s certainly no stranger to his Panthers’ Week 1 opponent. “As a player in high school, as a coach, I’ve been around Barnesville for quite some time,” Hoover, who on top of being an assistant ...