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Looking toward the battles of the gridiron

The coming weekends of late summer and fall are special for residents of the Tri-State Area.

They mean that the pageantry and traditions that are part of high school football have returned.

Area teams are back in action this week, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, when Steubenville Big Red hosts Taylor Allderdice at Harding Stadium and Buckeye Local travels to Barnesville.

Fans know that they will not be ready for any of the action until they get a copy of our annual high school football preview edition. This year’s special publication, The Gridiron 2019, will be included in our Wednesday edition. As always, it will offer a comprehensive look at all our area’s teams, including rosters and schedules.

You’ll also find feature stories that will offer insight into the game in general. There are, for example, a look at rivalries and what they mean to area coaches. There also will be a look at the 35th anniversary of Steubenville Big Red’s 1984 state championship run, which marked the first title for an area team in Ohio since the playoff system was put into place.

This year’s edition will continue to set the standard for the region’s pre-season publications. The Gridiron is a consistent award-winner, finishing well each year in contests conducted by the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors and the West Virginia Press Association.

Extra copies of the Gridiron will be available at newsstands and convenience stores around the area later this week.

Wednesday’s edition will concentrate on high school football. A separate edition that will be included in Sunday’s edition, will preview college and professional football.

Football returns Thursday night. Make sure you’re ready for all the action by getting a copy of this year’s high school football preview edition, The Gridiron.

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