Records of Central's 2013 Opponents
Central's regular season opponents had a combined 47-60 record in the 2013 season. Three teams qualified for the playoffs, including the champion and a semi-finalist in the West Virginia Class A playoffs. When including their playoff opponents, the Crusaders' combined record improves to 69-64.
Bellaire (7-4) lost to Newark Catholic in the Division VI first round
Oak Glen (0-10)
Conotton Valley (1-8)
Weir High (3-7)
Weirton Madonna (14-0) won the West Virginia Class A championship
Magnolia (8-5) lost in the West Virginia Class A semifinals to Greenbrier West
Racine Southern (8-3) lost to Central in the Division VII first round
Glouster Trimble (14-1) lost to Marion Local in the Division VII finals
Central’s Season Ends with Loss to Glouster Trimble
Steubenville Catholic Central dropped a hard-fought regional semi-final playoff game to Glouster Trimble on Saturday evening at Zanesville, 27-22. Khalil Jones put the Crusaders on the board early in the first quarter on a 67 yard TD run, but the Tomcats answered with a score of their own to tie the game before getting another touchdown to take a 14-7 lead into halftime. Trimble marched down the field on the initial drive of the third quarter to open the lead to 21-7, but Central responded with a 47 yard pass from Brenton Colabella to Jones. After another Trimble score, Colabella hit Ryan Fletcher on a 70 yard scoring play with three minutes left in the game to cut the lead to 27-22. Central finishes with a 9-3 record.
Central Advances In Playoffs With Win Over Racine Southern
Steubenville Catholic Central defeated Racine Southern 35-7 in the first round of the Division VII playoffs Saturday evening at Harding Stadium. Southern scored first but Central quickly answered on a short TD pass from Brenton Colabella to Johnny DiCarlantonio. Khalil Jones picked off a Tornado pass in the middle of the second quarter and returned it 36 yards for a go ahead touchdown and a 14-7 lead that would hold through the end of the third quarter. The Crusaders then broke open the game on three fourth period scores, two following fumble recoveries and the third after stopping Southern on downs late in the game. Colabella hit Aleks Porreca in stride for a 45 yard touchdown pass on one score, but Central primarily relied on their rushing attack. Central will face Glouster Trimble, the top seed in Region 25, on Saturday, November 16 at a neutral site.