Steubenville's Saccoccia sets Ohio high school record with opening win

Steubenville's Saccoccia sets Ohio high school record with opening win

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Steubenville's Saccoccia sets Ohio high school record with opening win

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Ohio high school football has a new all-time winningest coach: Steubenville Big Red’s Reno Saccoccia.

Saccoccia has been on the sidelines for the past four decades, at the forefront of a program that has produced countless teams that ruled under the Friday night lights.

He has won four state championships, including the Big Red’s thrilling 12-9 overtime win over Columbus Whitehall-Yearling in 1984, Saccoccia’s second year at the helm.

Nearly 40 years later, he stepped onto the field Friday night with 401 wins, good enough for a tie with Manchester’s legendary coach Jim France.

Forty-eight minutes later… History.

Following the game, the Hall of Famer provided a humble response about the monumental achievement.

“There are a lot of people I have to thank,” he told The Intelligencer after the team’s 21-0 win over Louisville (Ohio). “Forty years of players, 40 years of coaches, 40 years of parents, 40 years of a true Big Red nation. I love working for all of them.”

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