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Central Upends Madonna, 43-7
Steubenville Central broke open a close game with unbeaten Weirton Madonna and won going away at Jimmy Carey Stadium Thursday evening, 43-7. The Crusaders scored on the first play from scrimmage with a 67 yard pass from Justin Hartzell to Levi Thompson. After Madonna tied the score, Craig Smith gave Central the lead shortly before halftime, 14-7. The second half was all Central. Thompson rambled on a 56 yard run to the one yard line and then scored on the next play. Thompson would score two more times, one on a 60 yard reception, and Hartzell would add another TD. Thompson accumulated 127 yards on the ground and another 131 in pass receptions, while Smith added 128 yards on the ground. Central improves to 7-2 on the season while Madonna falls to 7-1.

Central Defeats Edison, 49-13
Steubenville Central beat Edison 49-13 on Saturday evening at Harding Stadium in their final home game of the regular season. Craig Smith led the way with 108 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns. The Crusaders struck first on a one yard Smith TD. After the Wildcats answered, Central capitalized on three Edison mistakes to build a 28-6 going into halftime. First Levi Thompson scored from 16 yards out following an Amin Butler interception, Smith took it in from 15 yards after a pass interference penalty, and Justin Hartzell tossed a 20 yard pass to Thompson for the final score of the half after a Nate Kilonski interception. Smith added two more TDs after the intermission and Anthony Lefever capped the scoring with a 7 yard run late in the fourth quarter. Central improves to 6-2 and takes on undefeated Weirton Madonna on Thursday in Weirton while Edison drops to 1-7.

Crusaders Top Lancaster St. Mary's, 47-14
Steubenville Central defeated St. Mary's of Lancaster, New York, 47-14 on Saturday evening at Brooke Memorial Stadium. Central struck first when Justin Hartzell hit David Miller in stride for a 65 yard touchdown pass. Minutes later, Noah Fayak broke a number of tackles on his way to a 16 yard TD reception. After the Lancers trimmed the lead to 14-6, the Crusaders responded with a Hartzell to Fayak strike over the middle from 36 yards out, making the score at halftime 21-6. Central pulled away in the third quarter with three rushing scores, two from Hartzell and the other from Craig Smith. With most of the final period played with a running clock, Smith closed the scoring with another rushing TD. Hartzell finished with nearly 200 yards passing along with two rushing TDs. The Crusaders improve to 5-2 on the season while the Lancers drop to 4-2. Next week, Central plays Edison (1-6) at home.