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Central Drops Heartbreaker to Southeastern, 44-40
Steubenville Central lost in the final three seconds in the opening round of the Division VI playoffs to Chillicothe Southeastern at Chillicothe Friday evening, 44-40. Central and SE traded touchdowns for the entire game, with nine lead changes throughout. The Crusaders took a 27-22 lead into halftime on two rushing TDs by Craig Smith and one by Justin Hartzell. Central held the lead after four more touchdowns, 40-36, and appeared to have sealed the win after holding the Panthers on fourth down deep inside Central territory with under two minutes to play. However, the Crusaders fumbled on the next play and SE recovered inside the ten. The Panthers finally scored on fourth and goal from the five with three seconds remaining. Hartzell had 172 yards and two TDs rushing and Smith accumulated 123 yards and four TDs. Central closes the season with a 7-4 record.

First Round Playoff Game Set
Steubenville Central will take on undefeated Chillicothe Southeastern (10-0) at Chillicothe on Friday at 7:30 PM in a Division VI Region 23 playoff game.

Fort Frye Dominates Crusaders, 49-13
Steubenville Central closed the regular season with a loss to a powerful Fort Frye team 49-13 on Friday at Beverly, Ohio, in a match-up of the #4 and #5 teams in Division VI Region 23. The Cadets stormed to a 31-0 lead with four touchdowns within four minutes at the beginning of the second period. The Crusaders got on the scoreboard with a 37 yard pass from Josh Hartzell to Gino DiBiase, before Fort Frye added on two more scores for a 43-6 lead at halftime. The second half was played with a running clock and produced only thirteen points, six of those coming when Levi Thompson picked up a fumble and ran 75 yards for the score. Central falls to 7-3 on the season, but can still qualify for the playoffs depending on results of other games this week.