~Big Red Archives~
Reno's comments about our tradition.
Excellent excerpt from article written by Coach Saccoccia on Big Red's glorious past:
"As I look back to the day of the AAC, it is obvious that these were proud days for the Big Red led by Coach Abe Bryan, Tom Gardner, Bill Bohren, Jerry Harris and the men of 420 North Fourth Street who played their hearts out week after week, year after year. It was not our wishes to get out of the league, because like all great teams we would fight to the end....
Since 1978, our record versus AAC teams has been 9 and 5 including games with Alliance, Niles, and Warren. Also since the break up in '78, Canton McKinley, Steubenville, and Warren have won State Championships under the OHSAA format.
The remark "Big Red lives in the past" often is heard, but our interpretation is that "we our proud of our past" and we hope to build on our past. We want every player that wears the Red & Black to remember the glory years of Punk Cartledge, the All-American Conference, the playoff string of 11 consectutive appearances and the Press titles of 1930, 1988, and 1994 and the OHSAA title of '84. We also want our players to know about the loss in '51, '66, and '67 to Massillon, the '62 loss to Toledo Central Catholic, the loss in '88 to Buchtel and '94 to West Branch. We as coaches also tell them about the great comeback wins of Canton McKinley in '67, North Canton Hoover in '89, the Massillon victory in '62, and the Canton McKinley win in '69. We are proud of the 41 All-Staters, our 8 college All-Americans, our Hall of Fame Coaches, our 607 football wins, our Stadium being second to none, our Field House where every player that has ever worn the Red & Black has his own block with name, number, position played, and senior year listed on it. If this is living in the past, I'm proud to say that for the last 18 years I've been a small part of the great tradition, "THE GREAT PAST", and I hope the coaches and players in the future have the same pride in the "PAST" as we do....to take a line from "Rocky"; "At least you had a past, Mick".
What does the future hold for Big Red? Only the people of Steubenville can answer that. If our fans continue to support their team, win or lose, if our administration continues its support of "WIN IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON THE FIELD", if our students continue to pay the price, if our coaches remain dedicated, the past can last another 100 years and be even greater than the first 100.
In closing, our tradition is deep, it took many people many years to build what we have, and it will take pride, determination, heart, and most of all commitment to continue what has been started. Rome fell from within. If our Big Red Family remains strong and proud, the Big Red will continue to Roll!"