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Fire starter: West Branch QB Dru DeShields leading Warriors during hot start

BELOIT — The West Branch football team is off to another hot start this season, this time with a new quarterback under center lighting up the stat sheet. Junior Dru DeShields has stepped into the new role after playing as a wide receiver last season and has shined through four games. The ...

Week 5 notebook

The T.C. Caffey show is hitting the road and the Hubbard Eagles (4-0) are looking to remain perfect on the year when they travel to Struthers (2-2) for their first road game of the season. The Eagles and Wildcats are meeting for the 88th time in a rivalry which began in 1916. Struthers leads ...

Another round: South Range, Poland set for another classic

POLAND — It’s been a see-saw battle between the South Raiders and Poland Bulldogs the past few years. Two of the inaugural members of the Northeast-8 athletic conference, each school has split their meetings versus each other with Poland defending their home turf 27-7 in 2019, and South ...

Browns set for Texans

CLEVELAND — Brash and even a little belligerent, Baker Mayfield waltzed into the NFL thinking he had things figured out. He quickly learned he had a lot to learn. Tyrod Taylor taught him. When Cleveland fans fill FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday for the first time in nearly two years, ...

Browns punter Gillan ‘devastated’ by fumble in KC

BEREA — Browns punter Jamie Gillan spent the summer catching footballs fired at him from a machine during practice. He snagged thousands. Last Sunday, he couldn’t handle one that counted. Gillan failed to catch a snap in the fourth quarter of the opener at Kansas City, and then made ...

Reds avoid sweep, top Pirates, 1-0

PITTSBURGH — Cincinnati Reds reliever Mychal Givens has been around long enough to understand the rhythms of a season. Funks happen. What defines a team is how it responds to them. With the Reds staggering at the end of a frustrating nine-game road trip, Givens delivered a fastball that ...