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Big Red has plenty of history with St. Francis DeSales

COLUMBUS — A huge challenge — that’s how the head coaches view Friday’s Big Red at St. Francis DeSales football game. The traditional Ohio gridiron powers will square off for just the second time in the regular season (they have played five times in the playoffs, and Big Red leads the ...

Weir High matches speed with Potters

WEIRTON — With their backs to the wall and every down being so important, Weir High gets back to the friendly confines of Jimmy Carey Stadium Friday night for a homecoming confrontation with dangerous East Liverpool. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Both teams go into the fray with ...

Creek eyes home playoff game, while Huskies eye another major upset

CADIZ — A rivalry renewed. That’s exactly what will happen Friday evening at Wagner Field. For the first time since the 2015 season, the Harrison Central Huskies and Indian Creek Redskins will meet on the football field. “It was a highly competitive and contested series, especially ...

Oak Glen using long trip as preparation

HAMLIN — Oak Glen’s opponent this week may be winless, but that does not mean Ted Arneault and company are taking Lincoln County lightly. “They are kind of in a rebuilding year, but they have played competitive games throughout the year, so they are still a dangerous team,” he said. ...

Saturday afternoon battle

WEIRTON — Madonna is going against a couple of the toughest teams on the 2019 schedule, and they come at a time when it is hoping to make a run at the playoffs, so it will be going from the frying pan into the fire this week at Jimmy Carey Stadium. The game time for this key Week 9 match-up ...

Blue Dons, Red Knights have something to prove

TORONTO — The schedule makers couldn’t have scripted Friday night’s small-school marque game between visiting Madonna and Toronto at Clarke Hinkle Field. Both teams need to win this one to keep their playoff home-field advantage goals alive. The game starts at 7 p.m. The Blue Dons ...

Red Riders must win, Wildcats still seeking first victory

RICHMOND — On the surface, it appears that Weir High at Edison Friday night would not be what one would call an important game. After all, Edison is winless and the Red Rider loss last week dropped them to 3-4, which temporarily moved them out of playoff contention at 24th place in West ...

Red-hot Huskies look to snap Bears’ streak

CADIZ — Oak Glen is undefeated heading into its match-up with Harrison Central Friday night, coming off passing one of its biggest tests of the season with flying colors in Week 7, a 44-7 blowout of a Toronto team that had been on a five-game win streak. The Huskies, on the other hand, ...

Big Red takes unexpected break

STEUBENVILLE — When the 2019 schedule was announced, Reno Saccoccia figured to be busy this week preparing his Big Red for a home game against Canada Football North St. Joseph. Unfortunately, St. Joseph officials announced in mid-August their program had been shut down. Thus, Big Red finds ...

Crusaders hope to snap small losing streak

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will look to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday when it welcomes Morgantown Trinity Christian to Harding Stadium. After taking down Caldwell, 35-2, the Crusaders went on the road and fell to powerful Lucas. Last week, Harrison Central turned two ...