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Browns hit with harsh reality

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ highly anticipated opener turned into one giant, yellow flag. Talk about a false start. The Browns were called for 18 penalties — their most since 1951 — and quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his right hand while being sacked for a safety and throwing three ...

Cardinals drop Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty always had the tools. Figuring out how to put them together has been the challenge for the 23-year-old pitcher since the former first-round pick arrived in St. Louis two years ago. While Flaherty is sketchy on specifics about what what exactly he changed heading ...

Blue Dons staying on the comeback trail

WEIRTON — Madonna head coach Darrin Hicks scratched his head after his Blue Dons made their second-straight second-half comeback in a 32-26 win over Carrick and said he has to find a way for the Blue Dons to get off the bus and start playing early. For the second straight game, the Blue ...

Oak Glen girls best Weir High

WEIRTON — The Oak Glen girls soccer team has high expectations this season, and so far the Golden Bears are living up to those lofty expectations. Oak Glen continued its strong play this season against rival Weir, as the Golden Bears scored two goals less than a minute apart late in the ...

Big Red’s come-from-behind win Friday night could go a long way

STEUBENVILLE — Coach Greg Fuller has a rather simple philosophy when scheduling early season games for his Washington, D.C., Woodson football team — the tougher, the better. The Warriors dropped their opener to West Virginia Class AAA power Martinsburg. On Friday, they traveled to ...

Leasure’s return sparks Toronto

TORONTO — It took a week longer than originally planned, but Toronto fans finally got see the products of Caleb Leasure’s offseason of hard work Friday night. The junior signal caller, who sat out in the Week 1 loss to Wellsville, went 7 of 9 for 145 yards and a score to lead the Red ...

Edison girls best Crusaders 4-2

RICHMOND — The Edison girls soccer team defeated Catholic Central, 4-2, on Saturday. Laine Murphey netted the Wildcats’ first goal off an assist from Delaney Johnson. Bailey McAfoose netted the second, while Somer Speedy had the third off Holly Valentine’s assist. The final Edison score ...

Oak Glen hosts, wins invitational

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Oak Glen volleyball team went 5-0 Saturday to win its invitational. The Golden Bears first defeated Madonna, 25-9, 25-18. Hannah Rogers had 11 kills while Skye Stokes tallied seven kills and three aces. Jaedyn Hissam recorded 25 assists. In the second contest, Oak ...

Cole shines with 3 TDs, West Liberty wins thriller

WHEELING — In a game loaded with big plays, West Liberty tight end Thomas Cole saved the biggest for last Saturday at Bishop Schmitt Field. The Wake Forest transfer hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Zach Phillips with just 31 seconds remaining to give the visiting Hilltoppers a 33-30 ...

Week 2 prep scores

Ohio Friday Akr. Coventry 27, Carrollton 7 Akr. Hoban 49, Youngs. Mooney 0 Akr. Kenmore-Garfield 19, Lisbon Beaver 8 Albany Alexander 33, Sugar Grove Berne Union 12 Alliance Marlington 34, Kent Roosevelt 10 Amanda-Clearcreek 32, Chillicothe Unioto 14 Amherst Steele 41, Oberlin ...

Blue Dons come from behind again for win

WEIRTON — For the second straight week, Madonna bounced back for a victory, this time against Carrick, 32-26, on Friday. Carrick built a 20-0 lead moments before halftime. The Madonna comeback (2-0) began there and refused to be shut out in the first half. Right before halftime, Santino ...

Weir gets first win, defeats John Marshall

MOUNDSVILLE — Weir coach Tony Filberto said all week the focus was on his team getting better. Following a 28-7 victory against John Marshall on Friday at Monarch Stadium, that clearly was the case. Sitting at 1-1 and rebounding from last week’s embarrassing loss to rival Oak Glen, the ...

Big Red surprised but comes back strong for close victory

STEUBENVILLE — On Legends Night, seniors Tayveon Crawford, Keith Bodnar and David Tuttle delivered some legendary plays, as Big Red earned a thrilling 27-26 come-from-behind victory over Washington, D.C., Woodson Friday inside Harding Stadium. The Warriors rallied from a two-touchdown ...

Wheeling Central runs all over CCHS

WHEELING — Even when it isn’t performing at its best, Wheeling Central is a load to handle. The Maroon Knights didn’t exhibit their “A” game Friday night but still rolled to a convincing 39-12 triumph over Catholic Central on the campus of Wheeling University. The win boosts ...

Red Knights bounce back, defeat Huskies

TORONTO — A week made a big difference for Toronto, as it rebounded for a 19-12 win over Harrison Central on Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field. “That’s the highs and lows of high school football,” Toronto head coach Josh Franke said. “It was a lot different (than Week 1).” ...

Redskins pull away from Potters late

EAST LIVERPOOL — It may only have been Week 2, but Friday’s game between East Liverpool and Indian Creek was infused with major conference and playoff implications. After four quarters that felt like a playoff slugfest, the Redskins had enough to pull away late for a 27-13 victory at ...

Oak Glen runs, passes all over Phillip Barbour

PHILIPPI — Oak Glen defeated Phllip Barbour in dominant fashion on Friday night, 45-0, to improve to 2-0. Hunter Patterson had scoring runs of 41 and 60 yards, Gage Patterson caught a touchdown and returned a punt 55 yards for another and Nick Chaney threw for 207 yards and four scores. ...

Brooke wins shootout, first game since 2017

HEDGESVILLE — Hedgesville went back and forth with visiting Brooke Friday night at Mumaw Stadium. The game included a crazy finish in which the Eagles took a lead with some three minutes left. Brooke went back ahead in the final minute, and the Eagles scored again with 27 seconds ...

Panthers snap 43-game losing streak

YORKVILLE — So much for the streak that’s been chasing Buckeye Local around for the past four-plus years. It’s gone and done with, and the Panthers are ready to head in another direction. With an offense that looked very effective and a defense that stood its ground, Buckeye Local put a ...

Edison slips to 0-2, falls to Wellsville 41-7

WELLSVILLE — Wellsville’s football team is off to its best start since 2014 after a 41-7 win over Edison on Friday. Wellsville’s Troy Carter got the Tigers on the board with a 1-yard sneak with 9:17 to go in the first quarter. The big play on the drive came from a Carter to Darien ...