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Anything is possible for Madonna, as long as it believes

WEIRTON — The Madonna Blue Dons are on a roll for the first time in several years, having won five of six games and the last three in a row. The goal, according to fourth-year head coach Darrin Hicks, is to keep it going Friday at Beallsville. The opening kick is scheduled for 7 ...

Connor: Ferry excelling ahead of Friday’s game

WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor thinks the Martins Ferry team his Indian Creek Redskins will see on Friday night is peaking at the right time. What the Purple Riders have done the last two weeks backs that up. After a 1-3 start, Martins Ferry has handled Harrison Central and East Liverpool at ...

Big Red hits the road for important game with Dover

DOVER — Veteran coach Dan Ifft sees Friday’s game between his Dover Tornadoes and Big Red as vintage Ohio high school football. “Big Red is Big Red,” he said. “They are extremely well coached, physical and athletic. They are a big challenge for us. We enjoy the battles and the ...

CCHS must be able to beat a quality opponent on the road

LUCAS — Another road game and another rugged test, so it goes for Catholic Central’s football team. Coach Anthony Agresta and his 3-2 Crusaders will make the long trip (roughly a two-and-a-half-hour drive) to Richland County Friday for a date with the 4-1 Lucas Cubs, who are ranked fifth ...

Weir stands tall

WEIRTON — Weir High had a surprisingly easy win last week over Petersburg in a matchup of West Virginia Class AA schools, but a win could be more of a challenge for the Red Riders this week, as they travel to Plum Area High School in the south suburbs of Pittsburgh. Even though the Mustangs ...

Blue Dons looking up, keep climbing

WEIRTON — The Madonna football team heads into the second half of the 2019 season feeling pretty good about itself with a 4-1 record and an 11th-place bid in the Class A rankings. The Blue Dons will get into the second half of the season Friday night in Morgantown when they travel to play ...

Indian Creek cannot overlook Brooke

WINTERSVILLE — Friday night, the latest edition of an old rivalry takes place, as Indian Creek hosts Brooke. “I think it is one of those games where the kids know each other,” Indian Creek head coach Andrew Connor said. “It’s cliche to say, but I think that makes it that much more ...

Unbeaten Bears host winless Wildcats

NEW MANCHESTER — Oak Glen is off to the best start in school history, sitting at 5-0 after coming back to defeat rival East Liverpool on Friday. However, do not expect Ted Arneault and company to take anyone lightly the rest of the way, including 0-5 Edison on Friday night. “Edison is ...

Red Knights control own playoff destiny

LEETONIA — Toronto got a huge win over Crestwood in overtime in Week 5, which puts it in third place in Division VII, Region 25 and in control of its own destiny in the second half of the season. The next challenge is fellow Region 25 member and former Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference ...

Clock ticking on Big Red

STEUBENVILLE — Talent, experience and speed. Those are three of the words Reno Saccoccia used when describing unbeaten Pittsburgh University Prep, Big Red’s Week 5 opponent. The Panthers, who currently lead the Pittsburgh City League standings, will make their fifth all-time trip to ...