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Southern Local drains Catholic Central

STEUBENVILLE — Prior to Saturday’s home opener with Southern Local, Catholic Central coach Steve Daley said the Indians were a very, very-good football team. Turns out the Crusader grid boss was spot on. Southern, now 3-0, scored the game’s initial 20 points, pitched a first-half ...

IC girls hand Big Red first loss of season

MINGO JUNCTION — The Indian Creek girls soccer team knocked Steubenville from the ranks of the undefeated. The Redskins scored three goals less than 20 minutes into the match as they defeated rival Big Red, 3-2, on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Muth Field. “Steubenville plays really ...

Bellaire stays perfect after besting HC

BELLAIRE — Despite four turnovers and a couple of costly penalties, Bellaire is still undefeated after three weeks of high school football action. The Big Reds used a strong running game and a staunch defense in posting a hard-earned, 14-7, victory over Harrison Central Saturday afternoon ...

Red Riders silencing doubters after first test

WEIRTON — The Weir High football team got over one hurdle in the 26-20 win over winless but playoff-tested James Monroe Friday night. After two lopsided wins to open the season, the Red Riders proved they could hold true against what still could turn out to be one of the better Class AA teams ...

Big Red staying patient early on

STEUBENVILLE — Patience is a virtue, and Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia knows why. “I have to be really patient with this team,” he said after his squad improved to 2-1 Friday with a 40-19 victory over Canada Football North St. Joseph inside Harding Stadium. “That doesn’t mean you ...

Edison stood tall in Toronto

TORONTO — A close football game usually comes down to one team making a big play on the defensive side of the ball. With the lead on the line late in the game, the Edison defense made four of them consecutively. The Wildcats hung on to win Friday night’s rivalry game against Toronto, ...

OG girls best Weir

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen girls soccer team defeated Weir High, 6-1, during its Fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors on Saturday. Maggie Kovalcik scored twice and assisted once for the Golden Bears (6-1). Natalie Sevyrka, Brooklyn Watts, Brooklyn Loveland and Reese Enochs all scored ...

No. 4 Ohio State routs Rutgers, looks ahead

COLUMBUS (AP) — No. 4 Ohio State rolled over toothless Rutgers in a final tune-up game before the season’s first real challenge — a prime-time clash with No. 16 TCU next week in Arlington, Texas. The Buckeyes flashed their cache of riches at quarterback Saturday in a 52-3 rout of the ...

WVU easily gets by Youngstown State, must clean mistakes

MORGANTOWN — Dean Martin would have been right at home Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium as the ‘weather outside was frightful, but the fire — make that game — was so delightful’ as No. 14 West Virginia moved to 2-0 on the season with a 52-17 victory over Youngstown ...

Weir High avoids upset to James Monroe, improves to 3-0

WEIRTON — Weir High scored a touchdown late Friday night and then had to hold on for dear life with a stop at its 1-yard line as time ran out to seal a thrilling 26-20 victory over James Monroe. The large Jimmy Carey Stadium crowd was on its feet with 2.7 seconds left on the clock as ...

Big Red has no trouble with St. Joseph’s

STEUBENVILLE — Caleb Mitchell and David Tuttle ran for two touchdowns each Friday in Big Red’s 40-19 victory over Canada Football North St. Joseph inside Harding Stadium. Clayton Criss, making just his second start at quarterback, overcame a shaky start to throw for 306 yards and another ...

Edison hangs on against rival Toronto

TORONTO — The Edison defense stood tall late, and the offense made just enough plays to edge out a hard-fought 25-24 road win at rival Toronto Friday night at Clark Hinkle Stadium. “It was definately exciting,” Edison first-year coach Shane O’Brien said. “This is what high school ...

Alliance soars past Indian Creek

ALLIANCE — It wasn’t a flawless performance, but Alliance made enough plays on both sides of the football to break into the win column for the first time this season. Scoring two late touchdowns, the Aviators snapped a tie and outlasted the Indian Creek Redskins, 26-13, Friday night in ...

Brooke falls to 0-2

MORGANTOWN — Clay Maholic struggled to find his niche during University’s first two games of the season against John Marshall and Parkersburg South. As a first-year starter on defense, he bounced around from position to position, trying to find a home along the Hawks’ front 7, and it ...

Oak Glen wins first game over Buckeye Local

YORKVILLE — A strong first half running game that included a pair of 100-yard rushers and a defense that managed to hold off a determined Buckeye Local squad keyed Oak Glen as the Golden Bears notched their first win of the season over the Panthers in Yorkville Friday night. In what evolved ...

Brown says Bell will be part of Steelers family when he returns

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown isn’t worried about hard feelings lingering whenever running back Le’Veon Bell decides to show up. Brown defended Bell on Friday after several teammates expressed frustration that the All-Pro has yet to sign his franchise ...

Holgorsen talks injuries in preparation for YSU

MORGANTOWN — Two things veteran West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen won’t due when it comes to his No. 14 ranked Mountaineers — make excuses concerning injuries or divulge any secrets when it comes to redshirt senior quarterback Will Grier. “Well, injuries ...

No. 4 Ohio State opens Big Ten play against lowly Rutgers

COLUMBUS (AP) — No. 4 Ohio State scored 77 points in rolling over out-manned Oregon State last week, while suspended coach Urban Meyer watched the game on TV from home. The Buckeyes probably will do OK without him this week, too, when Big Ten bottom-dweller Rutgers comes to town. The ...

Rivalry or not, stakes high for No. 13 Penn State and Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It took Pat Narduzzi three years to finally embrace the obvious. No more hiding behind coachspeak. No more clichÈs about treating all 12 of Pittsburgh’s opponents the same. It just doesn’t work that way when it comes to the Panthers and No. 13 Penn State. “Anybody ...

Browns can get closure with win over Steelers in opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the Browns, winning the season opener over Pittsburgh could bring closure. The end of a 17-game losing streak. The first opening-week victory since 2004. More relief from the haunting memories of an 0-16 season. A new beginning for a franchise and fan base that has ...