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2020 Pigskin Preview

River hopes to take the next step

HANNIBAL — If the OHSAA is going ahead with a season starting on time with the COVID-19 pandemic hovering over all fall sports, River High head coach Mike Flannery isn’t masking his expectations for his veteran squad. The Pilots’ 42-man roster, one of the biggest in recent memory at the ...

Shadyside set to christen new turf

SHADYSIDE — It seems like there’s always a reason for celebrating the Shadyside football program. Last season, the Tigers celebrated their 100th season of football. They’ve become consistent members of the Ohio playoffs, which is always a cause for celebrating. As Mark Holenka prepares ...

St. Clairsville seeks continued success

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brett McLean has seen and done a lot in his tenure as head football coach at St. Clairsville High School. As he prepares for his 19th season, he’s faced with a challenge that he and his team have faced before. For the second straight season, the Red Devils will need to ...

Union Local using 2019 as motivation

MORRISTOWN — It’s not often that an athletic team that went winless the year prior gets a t-shirt or any type of memento to formally recognize that season. Union Local suffered through one of the toughest seasons in school history last season, dropping all 10 games, including eight ...

Barnesville seeks season-long consistency

BARNESVILLE — There’s nothing like game experience, no matter what the sport. There are times when teams have to play younger kids in order to get through some tough situations. In each of Blake Allen’s three seasons as head coach at his alma mater, Barnesville has won its season-opener ...

Beallsville enjoying increased numbers

BEALLSVILLE - Numbers and optimism are trending upward at Beallsville. Rusty Lucas begins his second season at the Blue Devils’ grid helm with a roster boasting some 20 players, a nice spike from last year. Increased numbers have buoyed hopes for gridiron success this fall. The Blue ...