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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 ...

Weir faces mirror image Saturday

WEIRTON — The Weir High football team will attempt to rebound from a 49-0 loss to Keyser in a game where the offense was stymied and the defense was porous. The Riders (2-2) will go into their next game Saturday against Petersburg at Jimmy Carey Stadium, with some adjustments on both sides ...

Madonna looks to tame the Dragons

WEIRTON — Next up for the 13th-ranked Madonna Blue Dons is Cameron. The Dragons, a playoff team the last three years, will invade Jimmy Carey Stadium Friday evening with a new coach and a young, but talented team. The opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Blue Dons are fresh off a big ...

Crusaders building off home wins

STEUBENVILLE — Catholic Central will be looking to climb above .500 when Caldwell makes the trip from Noble County to Harding Stadium Saturday. The kick for the first meeting between the schools is set for 7 p.m. The Crusaders improved to 2-2 thanks to their 27-13 homecoming victory over ...

Buckeye 8 rivals collide with playoff implications on the line

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As the high school football season approaches the midway point, the playoff races have begun to take shape. Indian Creek has a big opportunity to score some playoff points on Friday night when it travels to St. Clairsville. The Redskins are 3-1, coming off a 43-6 victory ...

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 ...