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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hornets Post 2015 Football Schedule

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University Head Football Coach Scott Yoder announced his program's 2015 schedule .

Yoder, who led SU to a second straight 4-6 record this past season, will see his Hornets host five games on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf next fall.

Gallaudet, Shenandoah's season opening opponent the past two years, travels to Winchester open the 2015 slate for a 7 p.m. contest on September 5.

The 7 p.m. start is one of two for the Hornets in 2015. The homecoming contest, on October 3 versus Bridgewater, also kicks off at 7.

Two former USA South foes, Ferrum and N.C. Wesleyan, round out the non-conference slate with away games on September 12 and 19, respectively.

College And Pro Football Legend, Marcus Allen, To Serve As Festival’s 2015 Sports Marshal

Sports Marshal - Marcus AllenThe Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® has never been satisfied with mere sports “figures” to serve as its Sports Marshal. The Festival has always selected “legends,” invariably with Hall of Fame credentials, to serve in that capacity.

And, to add a bit of local flavor [or, angst] to this year’s choice, according to his Wikipedia biography, the Festival’s legendary 2015 Sports Marshal “may be best remembered for his heroics in Super Bowl XVIII, where, on January 22nd, 1984, he ran for 191 yards, caught two passes for 18 yards, and scored two touchdowns in the Oakland Raiders 38-9 victory over the Washington Redskins.” It is with great pride that Festival President, Jim Douglas, announces that football great, Marcus Allen, Heisman Trophy Winner, NFL MVP, and NFL Hall of Famer, will serve as the 2015 Festival Sports Marshal; and, will be the Featured Speaker at the 50th Anniversary of the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast presented by Grange Insurance.

CBS and NFL Network Partner for Second Season Broadcasting Thursday Night Football

The CBS Television Network and NFL Network announce the Thursday Night Football prime time broadcast schedule for the 2015 NFL season. 
This season marks the second year CBS Sports and NFL Network are partnering to broadcast Thursday Night Football, a slate of 16 regular-season games kicking off September 17 with Denver at Kansas City.
This year’s schedule again showcases marquee match-ups with 13 of the 16 games featuring Division rivalries.
September 17  Denver at Kansas City   CBS/NFL Network
September 24  Washington at New York Giants   CBS/NFL Network
October 1        Baltimore at Pittsburgh   CBS/NFL Network
October 8        Indianapolis at Houston   CBS/NFL Network
October 15      Atlanta at New Orleans   CBS/NFL Network
October 22      Seattle at San Francisco   CBS/NFL Network
October 29      Miami at New England   CBS/NFL Network
November 5    Cleveland at Cincinnati   NFL Network
November 12  Buffalo at New York Jets   NFL Network
November 19  Tennessee at Jacksonville   NFL Network
December 3    Green Bay at Detroit   CBS/NFL Network
December 10  Minnesota at Arizona   NFL Network
December 17  Tampa Bay at St. Louis   NFL Network
December 19  New York Jets at Dallas   NFL Network  (Special Saturday edition of TNF)
December 24  San Diego at Oakland   NFL Network
December 26  Washington at Philadelphia   NFL Network   (Special Saturday edition of TNF)
CBS Sports will produce the full slate of 16 Thursday Night Football games. The announce team
of Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and reporter Tracy Wolfson return to call the Thursday Night Football
This season marks both the 56th year of NFL broadcasts on the CBS Television Network and
the tenthyear of Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network.
In addition, CBS will conclude its year broadcasting the NFL with the
exclusive presentation of SUPER BOWL 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa
Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7, 2016, marking the Network’s 19th Super Bowl telecast, the most by any

Friday, April 24, 2015

Redskin Legend, Ron Saul, And Other Surprises Are Announced For The 2015 Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast

Ron Saul
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s® iconic Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast, presented by Grange Insurance, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015; and, Festival Organizers felt that the event had to project an aura of “something special” for this year. Any special attributes for the 50th Anniversary Sports Marshal were instantly filled by the elegant, excellent, and eminently likeable, Marcus Allen. But, then, the question was asked: how can we have a 50th Anniversary Sports Breakfast without a Washington Redskin hero? That question is now answered by Festival President, Jim Douglas, who happily announces that “Original Hog,” Ron Saul, has accepted the Festival’s invitation to appear at this special anniversary Sports Breakfast.
Ron Saul and his identical twin brother, Rich, were born February 5, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. Ron and Rich both grew up playing football and baseball. Both brothers went on to play for Michigan State; and, after their 1969 season at MSU, were named All-Big Ten, Academic All-American, and Football All-American, with Ron being voted the Spartan’s Most Valuable Player. It was during the 1970 draft when the brothers parted ways. Ron was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fifth round, and Rich was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in round eight. Ron became a first-year regular with Houston at offensive guard. Besides being the only twins to simultaneously play in the NFL, the Saul family had a third brother, Bill, who was a linebacker for the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. Together, the Saul family played in the NFL for a total of 35 years.
Ron SaulRon likes to characterize the NFL of the Seventies as being “Ironman Football:” you played healthy or hurt. “Shoot it up and play,” that’s what they used to say. “Back in the “iron-man” days, no one took themselves out of a game. There was no such thing as “turf-toe.” Injuries were shot up with Novocain, drained and taped, with players going back into the game. The only way out of a game was if a player was carried off the field.” Ron played for the Oilers from 1970 through 1975. After that season, Redskin Coach, George Allen, arranged a trade: Allen gave up Washington’s third, fifth, and sixth round draft picks; and, Ron played the next seven years with the Redskins as a guard. He was credited with opening many of the holes for the “Diesel” himself, John Riggins. He retired after the Redskins’ 1982 Super Bowl Season [the year before Marcus Allen’s heroics in the 1983 Super Bowl]. Ron has been quoted as saying he went out in a blaze of glory: “John Riggins was still tough, Joe Theismann was our quarterback, and Jeff Bostic and I were two of the original “Hogs.”
Ron was All-Pro in 1979, which he feels was his best football honor. However, from Ron’s perspective, his greatest honor has always been earning Academic All-American. Off the field Ron has made significant contributions in community service since his retirement. He has participated in the Washington Redskins’ Charitable Foundation events for over 15 years. In addition, he and his wife Robin are committed to giving back to the community within the Washington Metropolitan area by participating in other charitable foundations: John Hopkins Children’s Center, St. Jude Hospital, The Shelterhouse and more.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of this very special Festival Event, Event Chair, Jim Gowdy, has announced plans to have Senator Russ Potts, and local auto dealer and civic activist, Dick Kern, in attendance at the event to be recognized as the founders of the event back in 1965. A special presentation will be made at the event entitled: “Memories of the First Fifty Years.” Local State Championship Coaches will be recognized; and, local outstanding high school athletes and Shenandoah University athletes will be honored.

Clarke County Sports will again be on hand at the breakfast to cover the event and speak with the guest athletes.  Reprinted from the Official Apple Blossom Website. www.thebloom.com

Virginia Chargers vs. Virginia Storm Video Highlights

PURCELLVILLE, VA- Game Highlights set to music of the Virginia Chargers 27 to 25 victory over the Virginia Storm in a Atlantic Football Association Semi Pro Football Matchup at Wolverine Stadium on the campus of Woodgrove High School in Purcellville on 4-11-15. Game story and photo's from James Murphy and Janette Cox will be posted soon.

The Virginia Chargers Website

Major changes announced at Clarke County Sports

Bluemont, VA - After several months of consideration, the Board of Directors for Clarke County Sports, has decided effective, May 1, 2015 Clarke County Sports will exclusively cover Football.

"This was a very tough decision, that has been on the table for a few years now." Clarke County Sports founder and CEO Michael "Moe" Murphy said.

Clarke County Sports actually started their major coverage with Wrestling and Soccer but over the years tried to included as many sports, as possible. Football is the only sport that has received continuous coverage over the 13 year history of Clarke County Sports.

"Due to our small staff, and the fact that our site has always been a community site that has never been commercial or had advertising, the task of giving fair and equal coverage to all sports and the funding to do it effectively just wasn't there." Murphy said.

Plans for the site include, continued coverage of the Washington Redskins and the Shenandoah University Hornets football programs, local high school football with an emphasis on Clarke County High School.

We are also pleased to announce that Clarke County Sports is once again covering the Virginia Chargers, of the Atlantic Football Association, the Bluemont, VA based Semi Pro team, formerly the Winchester Tigers.

Other coverage will include a weekly column on the Shenandoah Valley High School football scene, during season and light coverage of James Madison University and Shepherd University football.

Murphy, a member of the College Football Writers Association, has been associated with the sport of football, as a player, coach, writer, photographer, announcer and videographer for over 45 years.

"My passion is clearly football, although we are proud of all the sports coverage we have provided over the years," Murphy said, "I can't see myself anywhere else but on a football field during Friday nights in the fall."

All of the prior articles, photo's and videos of will remain on the site in our archive section, and it can't be ruled out that certain events not football related could still be covered from time to time.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Eagles bid for perfect season falls short

BERRYVILLE, VA- The Clarke County Eagles football team ran into a wall in their quest for a perfect season as they fell to the Nottoway Cougars 13-2 at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium on Friday, November 21.

The Eagles end the season with a record of 11-1, and were the first team in fifty years to have back to back regular undefeated seasons. The Eagles record over the past two seasons is 23-2.

"We are a young team," Eagles coach Chris Parker said, "The seniors we are losing will be sorely missed."

Coach Chris parker speaks with Moe Murphy and highlights from the final Game of Week for the 2014 season are below.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Eagles shutout Nandua to move to the next level

 BERRYVILLE, VA- The Clarke County Eagles improved their record to 11-0 as they dismantled the Nandua Warriors (7-4) in the first round of the VHSL AA Eastern Division Playoffs at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium on Friday, November 14.

The Eagles head coach Chris Parker became ill at school on Friday and went home prior to the Game. Clarke County Athletic Director and defensive coordinator Casey Childs took over Parker's usual play calling duties.

"Coach Parker was ill all day and he didn't need to be out here in this weather tonight,"Childs said. "We discussed it at the team meal and talked about how everybody needed to come together and take on different roles. I couldn't be more proud of the coaching staff and our players."

#9 Sean McDonald celebrates with team mates after a 45 Yd td run.
The first few series were tight with both teams punting early. The score stood 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The only scoring on a Hunter Rogers 53 yard touchdown run. Rogers has made a habit of outrunning secondaries all season.

The Eagles put the game away in the second quarter with four scores on four consecutive drives. Senior quarterback Sean McDonald scored twice on runs of 4, and 45 and Rogers found the endzone for the second time on a 12 yard scamper. Rogers scored the two point conversion.

After consecutive sacks by the Eagle defense and clock management, the Eagles were able to score their fifth touchdown with just 22 seconds to go in the half as McDonald found Matt Dang in the corner of the endzone and connected with a five yard touchdown pass. Levi Mayo was 4 of 5 on point after kicks.

McDonald got his third rushing touchdown of the night in the third quarter with a 2 yard run. The three scores gives McDonald 24 rushing touchdowns this season. Rogers two scores gives him 14 on the season. McDonald led all rushers with 172 yards on 13 carries. Rogers ended up with 82 yards on 7 carries. McDonald was 2 of 5 passing for 25 yards including the 5 yard touchdown to Dang.

The Eagles defense pitched the shutout and only let the Warriors cross midfield once in the first quarter. The defense had four sacks, an interception and fumble recovery.

The win gives the Eagles at least one more home game at "the Felt" as they will host Nottoway on Friday night in Berryville. Check back for more details on the game.

Below is the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week Video with game highlights and post game interviews (Viewing time 19:21) Video produced by Shenandoah Tele-Productions.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Clarke County defeats Nandua to move to 11-0, will host second round playoff game next week

BERRYVILLE, VA- The Clarke County Eagles (11-0) defeated the Nandua Warriors (7-3) 44-0 at Wilbur M. Feltner Stadium in Berryville to move to second round of the VHSL AA Eastern Football Playoffs.

Eagles Head Coach Chris Parker did not attend the game due to an illness. Assistant Coach Casey Childs took over the responsibility of the play calling and the Eagles dominated the Warriors from the onset.

Check back at Clarke County Sports for more game coverage including the Game of the Week video. Below are the post game interviews with players Hunter Rogers, Julius Grant, and Sean McDonald. Assistant Coach Casey Childs speaks with Moe Murphy. Produced by Shenandoah Tele-Productions.