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Weir High outlasts Brooke in rivalry showdown

WELLSBURG — Weir High capped the 2018 season with a second-half power run game and strong defense to top Brooke, 20-6, Friday night in a steady rain on the Paul “Bud” Billiard Field at Brooke Memorial Stadium. According to wvtailgatecentral.com, the win unofficially dropped the Red ...

Toronto wins big

TORONTO — Josh Franke’s message all week to his Toronto football team has been to simply control what it can control. The Red Knights did just that during senior night Friday at Clark Hinkle Field, dispatching arch-rival Wellsville 37-0 to claim the Joe Scarabino/Corky Heaton ...

Beaver Local runs all over Oak Glen

NEW MANCHESTER — Short of making the playoffs, Beaver Local senior Garrett Givens couldn’t have scripted a better finish to his high school career. Playing in raw, wet conditions, the Beavers put Friday’s season finale in Givens’ hands, and the power back rumbled for 361 rushing yards ...

Greg Brown optimistic about Pirates’ future

STEUBENVILLE — The Rotary Club of Steubenville raised the Jolly Roger Friday afternoon, welcoming iconic Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown as a guest speaker. The voice of the Pirates, who just wrapped up his 25th season calling games for the team, talked about a wide-range of topics, ...

Harrison Central ends on a high note against Buckeye Local

CADIZ — There was little drama in Harrison Central’s 41-8 victory against Buckeye Local on Friday night at windy and soggy Wagner Field. But, in capturing the V.A.L.E.S. Trophy for the seventh time in eight tries, the Huskies did pass the torch, so to speak. Outgoing senior Tyler West ...

Steelers look to extend surge vs. road-weary Browns

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The faces change, sometimes at a dizzying rate. The results when the Cleveland Browns visit the Pittsburgh Steelers do not. Each fall the Browns make their way to Heinz Field, typically with a new quarterback and frequently with a new head coach in tow. And each trip ends ...

Panthers, Blue Devils meet, looking to stay in Coastal race

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi has been around long enough to know an NFL-caliber player when he sees one. And he sees one in Duke’s senior quarterback Daniel Jones. An up close look awaits Saturday when Jones and the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ...

West Virginia handles Baylor

MORGANTOWN — Led by a tenacious defense that picked off three Charlie Brewer passes in the game’s first 24 minutes, No. 13 West Virginia raced out to a 41-point halftime lead and never looked back in sending Matt Rhule’s Baylor Bears back to Waco, Texas, with a 58-14 loss. At the same ...

Redskins avoid upset to Wildcats

WINTERSVILLE — Andrew Connor had what he described as a heart-to-heart chat with his team at halftime of Thursday’s rivalry game with Edison in the annual Route 43 bowl. Trailing by six at the break with a potential spot in the Division IV playoffs on the line, his team responded by ...

Big Red preps for playoffs with huge victory

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red will take a nine-game win streak into next week’s Ohio Division IV, Region 13 playoffs thanks to Friday’s 49-19 senior night dismantling of University School inside Harding Stadium. Tayveon Crawford had another monster game for Steubenville, running for 249 yards ...

Roughriders make Wheeling new home

WHEELING — When people asked owner Gregg Fornario why he decided to move his Roughriders franchise to Wheeling, he answered a question with a question. Why not Wheeling? Fornario made 26 stops but finally found a home in the Friendly City after meeting with WesBanco Arena director Dennis ...

Penguins put out the Flames

CALGARY, Alberta — Patric Hornqvist and Phil Kessel each scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins pounded the Calgary Flames 9-1 on Thursday night. Sidney Crosby, Bryan Rust, Jack Johnson, Jake Guentzel and Matt Cullen also scored, and Matt Murray made 38 saves to help the Penguins improve ...

Haley says he’s ‘on the same page’ with Jackson

BEREA (AP) — Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s vast experience as an NFL coach — and kid — has taught him not to overreact. Stay calm, stay the course. So when coach Hue Jackson said following last week’s overtime loss in Tampa Bay that he wanted to be more involved in ...

Briefs

Big Red selling playoff tickets STEUBENVILLE — Tickets for the Steubenville football team’s home playoff game on Nov. 3 will go on sale Monday. All tickets are $8 presale and $9 at the gate. Season ticket holders only can purchase from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 ...

Weir looks to host playoff game, must beat Brooke for possibility

WELLSBURG — Strange things happen in rivalries, and this year’s renewal between Weir High and Brooke could be another case. It is a big game for both schools. Not only because of the rivalry, but it is a must-win for the Red Riders if they want a chance for home field advantage in the ...

Edison hopes to spoil Indian Creek’s playoff chances tonight

WINTERSVILLE — When Edison and Indian Creek meet in the annual Route 43 Bowl at 7 p.m. today, there are a lot of personal connections on both sides. With less than eight miles between the schools, the players, coaches, families and fans all are likely to have friends, or even family members ...

Big Red closes season with University

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red has clinched an 18th consecutive trip to the playoffs and can guarantee itself a first- round home game with a victory in Friday’s regular season finale opposite University School. The kick for the second meeting between the schools (Steubenville blanked the ...

Madonna still has plenty to play for, visits Conotton Valley

BOWERSTON — With the rugged part of the 2018 schedule behind, the Madonna Blue Dons take to the road one more time this week to play at Conotton Valley. It is a Friday night game with the opening kick is set for 7 p.m. Reeling from the 70-6 thumping at the hands of Steubenville Catholic ...

Crusaders facing must-win situation vs. Fort Frye

STEUBENVILLE — Win and they’re in, maybe, even with a home game. Lose and, well, maybe. That’s the scenario facing Catholic Central’s football squad this week, as it preps for Saturday’s regular-season finale against unbeaten Fort Frye. The second meeting between the schools ...

Another rivalry takes place with Panthers, Huskies

CADIZ — Week 10 of the high school football season is full of rivalry games. One of those takes place in Cadiz on Friday night when Harrison Central hosts Buckeye Local. For the eighth time, the teams will be playing for the V.A.L.E.S. (Veterans, Athletics, Legionnaires, Education and ...