Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Northern Valley Football Wrap Up (Week 1) with Moe Murphy

James Wood's Tyler Bishop rushes for 288 yards and 2 TD's. James Murphy/CCS
Bluemont, Va.- The 2015 High School Football season kicked off this past weekend and there was no lack of action in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
The Clarke County Sports Game of the Week featured the James Wood Colonels (0-1, 0-0) out of the Northwestern District facing the Heritage Pride(1-0, 0-1) in Loudoun County's Dulles District.

Heritage used a combination of blinding speed, pin point execution and a little trickery to defeat James Wood 55-21.

Long time Millbrook coach, Reed Prosser was pleased with his teams performance.

"I was real excited how we played offensively," Heritage Coach Reed said, "the kids did a good job playing hard, executing, we knew we were going to be exposive on offense and just really proud of the effort the kids gave tonight."

Heritage Quarterback Alex Carlin was 8 for 13 for 237 yards and 5 touchdowns. Carlin also rushed for a 30 yard touchdown.

James Wood running back Tyler Bishop rushed for 288 yards and scored twice on runs of 8, and 85 yards.

"We gave up a lot of trick type plays, onside kicks and those things early.The thing we learned is that we can run the ball," James Wood Coach McHale said."

The Sherando Warriors (1-0, 0-1) from the Northwestern District traveled to Louisa County (0-1, 0-0) from the Jefferson District and came away with a 35-7 victory. It looks as if Warrior Coach Bill Hall had another successful summer as the Warriors opened on the road with a strong opponent and won in impressive fashion.

Warrior quarterback Patrick Minteer was 5 of 11 for 134 yards including a 72 yard touchdown to Dylan Rivers. Rivers had 121 yards receiving also scored on a 2 yard run and scored a two point conversion.

Warrior running back back D.J. Myers had 3 scores on the ground with runs of 38, 9, and 49.

The Handley Judges (0-1, 0-0) out of the Northwestern District (0-1, 0-0) lost a close battle to the Warren County Wildcats (1-0, 0-0) from the Bull Run District 27-17.

Warren County quarterback Robert Rutherford passed for a 10 yard touchdown and rushed 68 yards for another score in the win. Rutherford was on the money all night going 13 of 14 for 115 yards.

Cam Ford had 10 receptions for 82 yards for Warren County. Daniel Spangler returned a fumble for an 80 yard touchdown.

Jacob Shade had 98 yards on 8 carries for Handley. Chris Moten scored on a 57 yard run to give the Judges the early lead.

The Millbrook Pioneers (0-1, 0-0) of the Northwestern District traveled over state lines to play the Jefferson Cougars (1-0, 0-0) of the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference and fell 25-13.

James King replaced an injured Isaac Myers at quarterback for the Cougars and rushed for two scores on runs of 9 and 5 yards. King rushed for 116 yards on 14 carries.

Christian Johnson returned a kick off 85 yards for a Cougar score.

Millbrook quarterback Mark Paxton had touchdown passes of 39, and 43 yards, but was picked three times by the Cougar defense.

The Washington Patriots (1-0, 1-0) defeated rival the Hedgesville Eagles (0-1, 0-1) scoring an impressive 59-0 shutout in the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference matchup.

Quarterback Chase MacCubbin accounted for five touchdowns passing for 3 and rushing for 2. MacCubbin was 11 of 14 for 267 yards and connected on touchdowns of 24, 37, and 67 yards, and scored on runs of 22 and 6 yards.

Jonathan McFarlane grabbed 5 receptions for 164 yards including 2 touchdowns of 37 and 67 yards. Gavin MacCubbin also hauled in 5 passes for 88 yards including a 24 yard touchdown.

P.J. Bowlin led the Patriots rushing with 66 yards on 8 carries including a 17 yard touchdown.

Kicker Stephen Groh was 8 of 8 on PAT's and had a 37 yard field goal.

Other area games included:

The Strasburg Rams (1-0, 0-0) of the Bull Run District defeated the Stonewall Jackson Generals (0-1, 0-0) of the Shenandoah District 29-6. 

The Skyline Hawks (1-0, 0-1) of the Northwestern District defeated the Central Falcons (0-1, 0-0) of the Bull Run District 28-27.

The Clarke County Eagles did not play last week and open their 2015 season at home against Manassas Park Cougars, kick off is set for 7:30.

This weeks Northern Shenandoah Valley Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 4

Manassas Park at Clarke County  7:30
Handley at Harrisonburg  7:00
Hedgesville, WV at Millbrook  7:00
Martinsburg, WV at Sherando 7:00
Park View at James Wood  7:00
Broadway at Skyline  7:00
E. Rockingham at Strasburg 7:30
Stonewall Jackson at Central 7:30
Oakdale, MD at Washington, WV 7:00
Warren County  off
Jefferson, WV   off



Monday, August 31, 2015

Redskins cut roster down to 75 players


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.The Washington Redskins announced today that they have made the following roster moves:
The Redskins placed the following player on the team’s Reserve/Injured list:

The Redskins waived the following players:
            TE Ernst Brun, Jr.
            LB Dyshawn Davis
            TE Chase Dixon
            CB Tajh Hasson
            LB Alonzo Highsmith
            CB DreQuan Hoskey
            WR Tony Jones (designated as injured)
            K Ty Long
            TE Devin Mahina
            G Bryce Quigley
            CB Trey Wolfe 

The Redskins terminated the contracts of the following players:
            CB Bryan McCann
            T Willie Smith 

With the moves, the Redskins’ active roster now stands at 75 players.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Heritage opens strong with win against James Wood

Alex Carlin throws 5 TD's  Photo by James Murphy/CCS
LEESBURG, Va.- The Heritage Pride wasted no time Friday night coming out of  the gates on the first play from scrimmage with a touchdown agaisnt James Wood.

Heritage quarterback Alex Carlin threw five touchdown passes and ran for one in a 55-21 victory on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

"I was real excited how we played offensively," Heritage Coach Reed said, "the kids did a good job playing hard, executing, we knew we were going to be exposive on offense and just really proud of the effort the kids gave tonight."

The Pride managed to get 15 points on the board before the Colonels offense touched the ball.

After the opening kickoff Carlin hit Cole Miller in stride for a 76 yard touchdown pass and after the kick failed, the Pride recovered an onside kick and got their second score of the first quarter on a 44 yard scamper from Mitch Westbrook and the point after gave Heritage a 15 point lead just over one minute into the game.

"We gave up a lot of trick type plays, onside kicks and those things early.The thing we learned is that we can run the ball," James Wood Coach McHale said. "We've got to figure out our defense and adjust that and I think we will be alright."

Tyler Bishop rushed for 288 yards and 2 td's   James Murphy/CCS
Colonel running back Tyler Bishop rushed for 288 yards and two touchdowns for the Colonels before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter. Bishop scored on runs of 8 and 85 yards.

Carlin used a variety of weapons speading his five touchdowns among four receivers. Carlin hit Cole Miller on passes of 76 and 20, Andrew Sylvain for 15, Tyrique Moss for 85, and Mitch Westbrook for 85 yards.

"We like to spread the wealth around here at Heritage," Carlin said. "We like to get everybody in the mix and feeling better, everyone's a part of the team."

Westbook scored two times on the the ground with runs of 44 and 5. Carlin scored the Pride's only touchdown of the second half on a 30 yard run.

James Wood's other score came on a one yard plunge from running back Keegan DeHaven.

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Mitch Westbrook scored three times for the Pride    James Murphy/CCS

Friday, August 28, 2015

Game of the Week kicks off fifth season tonight

Bluemont, Va.- The Clarke County Sports Game of the Week kicks off our fifth season tonight as we travel to Leesburg to see the James Wood Colonels in action against the Heritage Pride. Both teams look to improve on last seasons records and the matchup is a repeat of last years opener for both teams as Heritage won the game 24-12.

The game of the week features video highlights and interviews and will be accompanied by a photo gallery on the website and our facebook page.  Live pregame, halftime and post game updates will be posted to facebook with the video highlights and photo's to follow.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shepherd University - Shepherd Football Announces 2015 Captains


Visit the official website of the Shepherd University Football team for the story at the link below:

Shepherd University - Shepherd Football Announces 2015 Captains

2015 Captains (L-R): Phillip Rhoden, Jon Hammer, Shaneil Jenkins, Jeff Ziemba, and Tre Sullivan.
        Photo Courtesy of the Shepherd University

Washington Redskins to dedicate new turf field at Park View High School


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Loudoun County Public Schools Board of Supervisors will dedicate a new turf field prior to Park View High School’s season opener on Friday, Aug. 28.

The field was announced last April and was made possible through a funding partnership in the amount of $1,000,000 from the Redskins Charitable Foundation, the NFL Foundation and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.  The result is a brand new, synthetic, multi-sport field at Park View High School (Sterling, Va.). Prior to the official unveiling of the field before the Park View vs. Manassas Park varsity football game, the Charitable Foundation will host a Play 60 mini-combine led by Park View High School varsity athletes for youth attending the game. Mr. Bruce Allen, President, Washington Redskins, will be in attendance for the ribbon cutting.

WHO:  The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Washington Redskins President Mr. Bruce Allen and Loudoun County Public Schools Board of Supervisors

WHAT: Park View High School Field Dedication Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 28    

Play 60 Mini-Combine: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Field Dedication: 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Park View High School (400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, Va.)

For more information on the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s programs and events, visit www.redskins.com/community or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR or Instagram at @Redskinsgiveback.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Highlights from Clarke County at Jefferson High School Football Scrimmage

Eagles Defense applying pressure   James Murphy / CCS
Matt Dang looks for daylight    James Murphy / CCS

Shenandoah Junction, WV- The Clarke County Eagles put the finishing touches on their 2015 summer practices with a scrimmage against a tough Jefferson Cougar football team on Friday in Shenandoah Junction.


The Eagles have their bye in Week 1 before opening at home against rival Manassas Park at "the Felt" in Berryville in Sept. 4.

Manassas Park will open their 2015 campaign at Park View in Sterling. Washington Redskins owner Dan Snider will be on hand for a pregame ribbon cutting ceremony as the Redskins Community Foundation donated the money to have the Patriots football field artificial turf installed.

The Cougars will open this Friday at home against the Millbrook Pioneers, who will travel to "the Felt" on Sept. 11 to face Clarke County.





Saturday, August 22, 2015

Eagles scrimmage at Jefferson, prepare for upcoming season

Hunter Rogers returns in the Eagles backfield   Photo by James Murphy / CCS
Shenandoah Junction, WV- The Clarke County Eagles traveled to nearby Jefferson County, WV on Friday to scrimmage the Jefferson Cougars. The Eagles will have their bye next week when the VHSL 2015 season starts and will open the following week at home against Bull Run District Rival Manassas Park.

Eagles Head Coach Chris Parker starts his 16th Season as the Head Coach and his 33rd season on the Clarke County Football Staff.

Parker speaks with Moe Murphy about the upcoming season. Check back at Clarke County Sports for video highlights of the scrimmage.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

120 players report as Hornets hold first practice


Photo courtesy of SU Athletic Department
WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University football team officially kicked off the department's 2015-16 athletic season by holding its initial practice of the year Sunday afternoon.

Under the direction of third-year hed coach Scott Yoder, the staff welcomed 120 players to its first day of summer camp.

After reporting on Saturday, the Hornets began the day Sunday with conditioning tests in the morning in both the weight room and on Aikens Practice Field.

Following a lunch break, the squad moved to the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf for additional testing before starting football drills for the final hour of practice.

To view photo's from Sunday's Practice visit the SU Hornets site;

Shenandoah Hornets first practice photo gallery