If you ask either one of my children, they'll tell you that Big Red wins.
They won't tell you that Steubenville wins some of the time or even most of the time.
They will tell you that Big Red wins all of the time because that is all they remember.
My older son - now age 9 - was 3 the last time Steubenville lost a regular-season game. His younger brother - who just turned 8 - was barely 2 years old. The question over Saturday morning breakfast is no longer who won but rather how bad did Big Red win.
This week, that question will be eventually asked over a Kelloggs breakfast of strawberry Pop-Tarts and Frosted Flakes. And chances are I'll rattle off another lopsided score.
While Big Red looks to extend its regular-season streak to 64 games, three other teams will look to stay undefeated in 2009. After a bye week, Brooke seeks Win. No. 3 against Woodrow Wilson, Buckeye Local looks for its fourth-straight at Oak Glen. Unbeaten Madonna travels to Valley. All four teams will come out of Week 4 undefeated.
Buffalo St. Joe's at Big Red
St. Joe's has given Steubenville tough games in the past. Tonight, in the ninth-straight meeting between the schools, the Marauders will give Big Red another tough one.
However, Steubenville will pull away late in the first half and put away St. Joe's in the second.
Standout quarterback Dwight Macon is sitting this one out, but Anthony Pierro, this week's signal caller, will show off some throwing skills of his own. I think the Red will roll to a 36-12 win.
Woodrow Wilson at Brooke
How about them Bruins? It's been a long time since the Green-and-Gold's faithful have had this much to celebrate. Brooke is not only coming around but revealing itself as a Class AAA contender.
Tonight Bruney's boys will take on their third Class AAA opponent of the season. They'll be 3-for-3 with a 42-35 win.
Madonna at Valley
There was a time a few years back that the Madonna football team faced extinction. With barely enough kids to field a team, the program almost folded. All I can say is what a difference a few years make.
Not only have the Dons resurrected their program, they've reinvented themselves as a small-school powerhouse.
Few Class A teams can compete with the Blue Dons and Valley is not one of then. I expect a big Blue Don victory with a final score of 47-6 or more.
Catholic Central at Edison
Last week, the Wildcats earned their first win of the season by defeating Weir at Jimmy Carey Stadium. Tonight, they welcome Catholic Central to Cartwright.
The Crusaders, like Edison last week, are searching for their elusive first win.
The Wildcats will be the team to give it to them.
I respect both programs, but the Crusaders are not the team their record indicates. They've played a tough schedule so far and that will pay off in a 28-6 win at Edison.
McKinley Tech at Weir
If there is one thing the Red Riders need it's a win.
Weir opened the season with a victory, but has been winless since.
The Washington D.C.-based McKinley Tech (1-2) is just what the Red Riders need.
Weir will not walk all over tonight's opponent but it will win, 27-13.
Buckeye Local at Oak Glen
The Panthers and outgoing coach Ron Pobolish have proven so far that last year's run to the playoffs was no fluke.
With all-everything standout Bobby Spence doing about everything, Buckeye Local is 3-0 and will be 4-0 tonight.
The Golden Bears have sandwiched a win around two losses, being outscored 83-12 in the defeats.
The Panthers scored 64 in a win over Bellaire last week and I give them a 39-12 tonight in Newell.
Toronto at Yellow Springs
It's only a matter of time before the Red Knights get their first win. Tonight could be the night.
Toronto travels five hours to battle Yellow Springs, but it'll be worth it. The Red Knights have shown steady improvement against good competition. Yellow Springs, like Toronto, is 0-3 on the year.
Toronto will prove more talented and better coached with a 34-6 win.
Indian Creek at Union Local
This is another crazy Buckeye 8 game that could go either way. The Jets are talented. They Jets are well coached. The Jets could put up big points with big plays.
But I like the Redskins. I like coach Andrew Connor. I like their skilled guys. I like their lines. And I like them tonight.
Indian Creek will continue what I believe is going be a turnaround year with a 20-7 victory.
Westinghouse at Harrison Central
The Huskies are coming off a 28-7 loss to Martins Ferry and are bogged down with injuries.
They face a talent-laced Westinghouse, a member of the Pittsburgh City Schools League, tonight.
The inner-city school will have some playmakers, but so do the Huskies.
The Huskies also have a hunger to get their season back on track. They want to win.
They need to win. And they will come away from tonight's game with a win. Harrison Central will finish on top of a 35-21 decision.
(Elverd, a resident of Toronto, is a sports writer for the Herald-Star and the Weirton Daily Times)