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Football Preview 2016

Defense Must Grow Up Quickly for Notre Dame

By TRACY WATSON SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brian Kelly’s seventh season as coach of Notre Dame could very well turn into one of his most interesting. Kelly, the longest tenured Fighting Irish coach since Lou Holtz was in charge from 1986-96, led Notre Dame to a 10-victory season in 2015 even ...

Non-Conference Schedule Is Huge for Marshall

By TRACY WATSON HUNTINGTON — Coming off another impressive campaign for Coach Doc Holliday’s Marshall football team, it faces a pair of huge non-conference games early in 2016 that could go a long way in deciding its fate. Holliday’s troops finished last season with a 10-3 ledger, ...

Bethany Program Wants to Take the Next Step

By JERROD PLATE BETHANY — Looking to continue its climb up the ladder in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, the Bethany football program will turn to a solid nucleus of returning starters to improve on a .500 record from a season ago. Entering his fourth season at the helm of the ...

‘Improvement’ Is the Word at Conotton Valley

By CODY TOMER BOWERSTON — ‘Improvement’ seems to be the word Connotton Valley coach Karl Justus and his Rockets are focusing on this season. Last year the Rockets went 1-9 but Justus is taking over as the new head coach and expects his team to compete more in the 2016 campaign. Justus ...

Brutal Schedule Faces Cambridge

By BUBBA KAPRAL CAMBRIDGE — We may never know how good a football team Cambridge is this season. Why? Because the Bobcats tackle a schedule that borders on insanity. Coach Kevin Gunn’s club faces heavyweights Zanesville, Dover and New Philadelphia in successive weeks. Toss in 8-2 ...

Potters to Rely on 17 Seniors

By CODY TOMER EAST LIVERPOOL — Experience should not be an issue for the 2016 East Liverpool football team. The Potters are returning 17 seniors for the upcoming campaign and Coach Josh Ludwig, has had them their whole careers. He has been with the school for five years, serving as the ...