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Big Red returns home

STEUBENVILLE—Veteran Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia does not pull any punches when it comes to voicing his respect for the Dover football program. "I have the most respect for Dover than anyone we have played since I have been here," he said. "That respect comes for three reasons. "First, ...

Huskies, Red Knights clash tonight

CADIZ — Tonight's contest features a pair of teams that have started in polar opposite directions to begin 2020. Harrison Central, off to a 1-0 start for the first time under third-year head coach Anthony Hayes, utilized big plays and a strong defensive effort to down Catholic Central, ...

Crusaders hope to improve immediately

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will look to rebound from an opening week loss when an experienced and talented bunch of River Pilots invade Harding Stadium Saturday. The opening kick for the seventh all-time meeting between the schools is set for 7 p.m. Central leads the series 6-0. The ...

Sisinni ready for first game as Weir High’s head coach Friday

WEIRTON — The Weir High football team, under new head coach Frank Sisinni, has been going at it for about 14 weeks off and on, and now are going full tilt this week. The Red Riders are getting ready to face John Marshall in their 2020 season opener Friday at Jimmy Carey Stadium. The opening ...

Madonna excited to face Wahama

WEIRTON — Back in the early days of the 2000s, the Wahama High School football team was in the West Virginia Class A playoffs almost annually. Wahama was synonymous with outstanding football, as was Madonna. The two teams had some dandy playoff games. They haven't played each other either ...

Creek looks for another win over Potters

WINTERSVILLE – After a tough loss in Week 1, Andrew Connor and Co. will look to bounce back against another familiar opponent in East Liverpool. "We told the kids no one feels sorry for you," the head coach said. "You have to pick yourself up and move on. If you keep thinking about the ...

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 ...