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Football Preview 2022

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Wheeling Park High School

WHEELING — This will be a season unlike any other for Wheeling Park football coach Chris Daugherty. Not only will he be leading his Patriots against a daunting schedule but he will also be entering his first year as the school’s athletic director. Nonetheless, it’s a challenge ...

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Wheeling Central Catholic High School

WHEELING — There are few, if any, teams in the valley who lost more talent to graduation last year than Wheeling Central. The prospect of losing quarterback Michael Toepfer, running backs Cody Martos and Braxton Anderson, receiver Caleb Ratcliffe and defensive end Ayden Baker all in one ...

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The Linsly School

WHEELING — It has become a ritual of the fall season – Linsly School tackling a meat-grinder of a football schedule. The 2022 Cadet grid card is once again packed with powerhouse foes, much like a year ago. Coach B.J. Depew’s charges acquitted themselves quite nicely last season, ...

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John Marshall High School

MOUNDSVILLE — The last time Mark Cisar stood on a sideline as a head football coach, he led the 2012 Union Local Jets onto the gridiron. Now, 10 years later, he is once again holding the reins as the head coach but this time at John Marshall after helping Justin Kropka last year as an ...

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Steubenville High School

STEUBENVILLE — Some coaches tend to run and hide from expectations. Reno Saccoccia, Big Red’s Hall of Fame football coach, isn’t one of them. With a boat load of talent back in the fold, expectations are running high for Saccoccia’s 2022 club, which opens its season Friday against ...

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St. Clairsville High School

By SETH STASKEY ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The next-man-up mentality is becoming quite the norm within the St. Clairsville football program. That’s what happens with tradition. And over the course of his more than two-decade tenure with the Red Devils, head coach Brett McLean has been able to ...

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Martins Ferry High School

MARTINS FERRY -- Justin Kropka’s career in coaching football has come full circle, and he couldn’t be any happier. A 1994 Purple Rider graduate and former player, Kropka has returned to the Dave Bruney Football Complex to lead his alma mater after stops at Harrison Central, Wheeling ...

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