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Catholic Central dominates Madonna

STEUBENVILLE — Strong wind, rain or even a short power outage could keep Catholic Central from posting a huge homecoming victory Saturday night inside Harding Stadium. Jayden Keeder and Jeffrey Dawson each ran for three touchdowns, as the Crusaders kept their Division VI, Region 21 playoff ...

Oak Glen girls reach regionals after nail-biter with Weir High

NEW MANCHESTER — With less than a minute remaining in Saturday’s West Virginia Class AA/A Region 1, Section 1 championship, Oak Glen head coach Ryan Wells began strategizing for overtime. Junior Abigail Myers had other plans in mind. With 29 seconds left, Myers received a perfectly ...

Wheeling Central boys eliminate Golden Bears

WHEELING — For this group of Wheeling Central seniors, it has been quite a ride. When the members of the boys’ soccer team came in as freshmen, winning wasn’t the norm. That changed during the last three years, and the Maroon Knights took a big step Saturday toward making this the best ...

Crusader volleyball loses to Shadyside in final

SHADYSIDE — It was deja vu for the Shadyside High volleyball team Saturday morning. Less than two weeks after sweeping Catholic Central in an OVAC Class 2A semifinal in the Tiger Den, the LTs were back at it against the Crusaders again in Tiger Town. This time, though, a bigger prize was at ...

Red Riders save season with improbable victory

EAST LIVERPOOL — Special teams can often be an overlooked part of the game. But, on Friday night, they made all the difference for Weir High to keep it in control of its own destiny in the West Virginia Class AA playoff race. The Red Riders (7-2) recovered a bad snap on a punt for a ...

Big Red clinches playoff spot

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red has earned an 18th consecutive trip to the Ohio football playoffs. On Friday inside Harding Stadium, Steubenville, the state’s fourth ranked Division IV club, overcame a slow start and rolled to a 54-18 victory over Cardinal O’Hara. With the win, Reno ...

Indian Creek proving why it belongs in postseason play

WINTERSVILLE — The postseason begins in less than two weeks, but the Indian Creek football team has essentially been playing playoff games for the past four weeks. After dropping a 14-7 game to St. Clairsville in Week 5, Indian Creek essentially needed to win out to make the playoffs, and ...

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Big Red Boosters meeting Tuesday STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday inside the Harding Stadium Fieldhouse. All are welcome and memberships are available. Devine signs with Roughriders WHEELING — Former West Virginia University standout Noel Devine ...

Purdue boils No. 2 Ohio State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — D.J. Knox rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns, David Blough threw for three more scores and Purdue shook up the College Football Playoff chase with a 49-20 blowout of No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday night. The Boilermakers (4-3, 3-1 Big Ten) won their fourth ...

Brooke remains winless

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur snapped a four-game losing streak with a 27-14 victory over Brooke on Friday. Brooke falls to 0-8, while the Bucs improve to 3-5 and keep their playoff hopes alive in Class AAA. The Bucs led 21-0 at halftime, thanks to touchdown runs from Jacob Loudin, Casey ...

Weir High bounces back from 21-point deficit

EAST LIVERPOOL — Weir High dug itself a hole in the first half but used a strong defensive performance and big plays on specials teams to come back for a much-needed 29-28 win over East Liverpool on Friday at Patterson Field. “We went in at halftime and talked to the kids,” said Weir ...

Big Red cruises to 8th consecutive victory

STEUBENVILLE — Jaziah Blackwell was a difference maker on both sides of the football Friday, as Big Red rolled to a 54-18 victory over Cardinal O’Hara inside Harding Stadium. The senior tailback/defensive end ran for four touchdowns and forced a fumble that resulted in six points, as ...

Redskins get key victory over Crestview

WINTERSVILLE — The game technically might not have been a playoff game, but it might as well have been one. The Indian Creek and Crestview football teams entered their Week 9 matchup fighting for spots in the playoffs. The Redskins got off to a fast start against the Rebels, and Indian ...

Edison shuts down Buckeye Local

YORKVILLE — Buckeye Local had first-and-goal on its first two possessions Friday night against Edison, but the snake-bitten Panthers came away empty-handed on both occasions. The Wildcats, meanwhile, overcame a sluggish start before exploding for a trio of touchdowns in a three-minute span ...

Karaffa’s record-setting performance not enough for Toronto

HANOVERTON — Ethan Antram made the most of his senior night, scoring five of United’s eight touchdowns in the Eagles 54-19 victory over Toronto on Friday night, overshadowing Nate Karaffa’s record-breaking performance. He also snagged two interceptions, returning one 49 yards for a ...

Oak Glen wins fifth contest

FAIRMONT — Oak Glen was on the march as the Golden Bears struck down East Fairmont 43-0 on Friday night. The Golden Bears are 5-4, while East Fairmont fell to 0-8. Oak Glen used the game against the overmatched Bees to spread out the scoring, which included two interception returns for ...

Browns trade Hyde

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars traded for Cleveland running back Carlos Hyde on Friday, adding a proven starter while Leonard Fournette progresses slowly from a strained right hamstring. The Browns (2-3-1) will get a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from the Jaguars in exchange ...

No. 2 Buckeyes still seeking improvement

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jeff Brohm sees all sorts of challenges in No. 2 Ohio State. Purdue’s coach knows the Buckeyes are big and strong, capable of scoring dozens of points and of making life miserable for opponents. Urban Meyer views his team quite differently. No, he won’t ...

Struggling Buccaneers D braces for Mayfield-led Browns

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There was a time when teams with defensive woes similar to those of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could count on the Cleveland Browns for relief. Not anymore. A little over a month into the NFL season, the Browns (2-3-1) have already surpassed their win total for the past ...

Steady Steelers back in AFC North mix after bumpy start

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden knows from distractions and disappointment. Call it the byproduct of spending the first seven seasons of your career in Cleveland. So the Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback always kind of wondered about the level of concern and borderline panic — outside the locker ...