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Football Preview 2021

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Wheeling Park High School

WHEELING -- One thing about high school football is that when one senior class leaves, there is another group waiting in the wings, dreaming for their shot in the spotlight. That time has come at Wheeling Park after a stellar senior class earned their diplomas last year, leaving the door ...

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Wheeling Central Catholic High School

WHEELING — The Wheeling Central football team didn’t get the chance to earn its fourth straight state title last year due to COVID’s color map eliminating the defending champs from the playoffs. This year the Maroon Knights will be looking to settle it on the field and they are ...

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The Linsly School

WHEELING — Talk about a demanding schedule. Look no further than the Leatherwood campus. Linsly School traditionally plays a juggernaut of a grid card. The 2021 schedule, however, takes it to another level of toughness. Coach B.J. Depew’s always-formidable charges are on tap to take on ...

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John Marshall High School

MOUNDSVILLE —Newly named John Marshall coach Justin Kropka is used to rebuilding a team — after all, he did help get Harrison Central’s football program to where it is today. Those Huskies began the program winning nine of their first 60 games in school history before Kropka helped ...

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Steubenville High School

STEUBENVILLE — Reno Saccoccia will have his Steubenville football team focusing on eliminating the negative as it prepares for a challenging 2021 season. “We’ve been very up and down so far,” said Saccoccia, who is entering his 51st season of coaching and 39th at the helm of the Big ...

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St. Clairsville High School

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Consistency and stability have been two key ingredients for the success of the St. Clairsville football program. When you consider head coach Brett McLean has 84 players out for football, including a large senior class that’s coming off a 9-1 season in which they ...

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Martins Ferry High School

MARTINS FERRY — The COVID-plagued 2020 season was a rollercoaster ride for Martins Ferry. The Purple Riders were up one week and down the next. However, Chas Yoder’s squad did qualify for the Division V, Region 17 playoffs. The Purple gang won its first round encounter with Jefferson ...

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