A preview of the upcoming season for local high schools, area colleges and nearby national football teams.
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The Virginia High School League has went to a six-classification system, which is a big difference from the three-classification system that has been in place since 1970. have to be ready for any challenge they might face. “For as much as it was fortunate for us last year that we were one of the bigger schools in Division 2, we are now one of the smallest Division 3’s in the state,” Yew said. “That’s how the numbers fell. That’s the hand we’re dealt, that’s the one we’ll play. be playing in the Bull Run District, which mostly has Division 2 teams. Skyline is on the opposite side of that. The Hawks will be the only team in the Northwestern District that isn’t a Division 4 squad. There will be bonus points given to teams playing lower“We know that if we get in the play- classification opponents, but it offs, pretty much every school that we will only be two extra points for a team in the district, and play is going to be a bigger school one for a non-district opponent. One of the first sports to be affected than we are. We just have to be ready for whoever we have to play.” “If we’re going to be in Conference will be football. However, football 28, I think that’s like our district now. One of the reasons football won’t be may be the sport that’s least affected We should play those opponents,” affected quite as bad as some of the by the new system. Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said. other sports is the fact that there As with any type of change, there “We are going to play a tougher were already six divisions in football. are many differing opinions. Some schedule than some Division 3’s. At One of the biggest changes for footare against it, some are for it, and the end, if we can make the playoffs, ball will be the new playoff format, some are neutral. that’s going to make us more battlewhich actually isn’t new to Group A tested. You’d almost like to see it “Since it’s a new thing I’m going to schools at all. more fair for everyone — a level playreserve my judgment until we see ing field. That’s my only gripe about Several years ago Group A decided how it goes through the first year,” it. Otherwise, I think it’s great, playto switch their playoff format, dividWarren County coach Tony Tallent said. “I applaud the VHSL for trying ing the state into two regions. For the ing people your own size.” to level the playing field, and I think playoffs, 16 teams from each region In all other sports, team will go to advanced and once each region was until we took some action, the inacconferences to start off the playoffs, tion was hurting more than helping. I down to two teams, they moved on to but in football they go to the two the state semifinals. know something had to be done, it regions. remains to be seen if this was the This season that will be the playoff Strasburg and Stonewall Jackson right thing, but I’m encouraged they format for all six classifications. will be in Region 2A East. Central, made the move in one direction so Skyline and Warren County will be in Sherando coach Bill Hall said he we’re testing the waters.” Region 3A East, and Sherando will be doesn’t mind the new format, even Perhaps the team most affected by in Region 4A North. though it’s not something he’s used the new classification system is to. In the past the winner of each disCentral. trict got an automatic berth into the “The difference is going to be with Central’s football program has been the 1-16 [seeds] all of the sudden your playoffs, but those days are over. on the rise for the last few years. The first-round game you may go a long Despite that, Hall said he still feels Falcons have made great strides the ways to play,” Hall said. “I enjoy play- like district games are important. last two years, including being one of ing different people. Sometimes you “It’s not that it doesn’t mean anythe last eight teams standing in get into the first round and then thing for the playoffs, because it’s Group A last year. you’re playing somebody in your diswins and losses within the district — This year they will be in Division 3, trict. It’s hard playing someone twice.” you’re earning points or not earning facing what should be much tougher Another change will be the way the points,” Hall said. “I like our district. competition. They went from being Believe me, the goal will be to be sucVSHL football rating scale works. one of the favorites in Division 2, to The VHSL tried to make it as fair as cessful in the district. It’s not like it being the third smallest school in possible for teams that are playing in won’t have meaning, it just doesn’t Division 3. districts, which are mostly a smaller carry the same view it used to have in terms of the playoff implications.” classification than what they are. Central coach Mike Yew said while Central and Warren County will both One big change in the local districts it’s a tough break, his team will just this season is Warren County moving from the Evergreen to the Bull Run. The Wildcats had already played Strasburg, Central, Clarke County and George Mason, so Tallent said he didn’t think it would be a big adjustment for his team. “We’re kind of in the heart of the Bull Run District — in the middle of everything,” Tallent said. “I’m sure a lot of teams are going to appreciate having another school in the district where they don’t have to travel as far. “We’re looking forward to it. We’ve built some really good relationships with some of the schools we’ve played prior to joining. We’ll look forward to continuing that positive energy.” At the end of the day no matter what changes are made the players have to go out and simply play the games. Central quarterback Hayden Bauserman said the Falcons look forward to the challenge of playing in Division 3. “It’s going to be bigger schools and bigger teams that we play than what we’re used to in the past, but we saw some good teams last year in the playoffs with Strasburg — and Essex obviously was a big-time team,” Bauserman said. “We’ve seen that and we’re a pretty big team ourselves, so I think we’re ready for it.” Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or email@example.com 4 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 CENTRAL FALCONS The Northern Virginia Daily Veteran Falcons aiming to build on success By Tommy Keeler Jr. WOODSTOCK — With almost the entire roster returning from last year’s 10-3 squad, there’s good reason for Central to have a great feeling about this season. The Falcons return nine starters on both sides of the ball and have 20 seniors on this year’s team. Central coach Mike Yew said he knows everybody will be gunning for them this season. “Obviously we’ve been in the Bull Run [District] for two years, we’ve had some success,” Yew said. “Obviously when you win the league, everyone wants to beat you. I don’t expect anything different, I don’t expect anything less. We’ve challenged our kids to rise to that occasion because we’re going to get pretty much everyone’s best punch every Friday night.” Senior Hayden Bauserman is back to lead the way at quarterback. Last year Bauserman threw for 1,859 yards and 17 touchdowns. “He’s done a lot of things for us at quarterback the last two years,” Yew said of Bauserman. “He’s physically matured and emotionally matured. His sophomore year he could get pretty upset, pretty quick and he let things 2013 FALCONS • Coach: Mike Yew (Seventh year, 30-35) • Offense/Defense: Pro-I, Spread/4-4 • Key returnees: TE/LB Kolton Poston, QB Hayden Bauserman, OL/DL Josh Gum, WR/LB Justin Bauserman, LB Jonathan Feaster, WR Sam Cornman, WR/DB Zach Herbaugh, RB Daniel Molina, RB/LB Hamilton Argueta, DL Caleb Cook, OL Miguel Argueta, OL/DL Brandon Phillips, WR/DB Travis Cooper • Key losses: RB/LB Jordan Umstead, LB Matt Tingler, OL Cody Brill, DL Cody Neal bother him, where last year he kind of let things roll off his back and he matured. I think this year as a captain again he just really seems to be going with the flow, and doing everything he has to do to make himself better and his teammates around him better.” Senior Daniel Molina is back after missing the last five games of last season with a torn meniscus. Before the injury, Molina had rushed for 901 yards. Senior fullback Hamilton Argueta is also back at fullback, where he has started the last two seasons. Rich Cooley/Daily file Central’s Daniel Molina is one of a slew of returning starters this season. Molina rushed for 901 yards last year despite missing the last five games with an injury. other starting spot on the offensive line. Kolton Poston returns at tight end, where he was also the team’s leading receiver. He will be a four-year starter and had 33 receptions for 492 yards last year. Herbaugh, Justin Bauserman and Jacob Runion. Junior Tommy Caison also transferred in from Strasburg, which will give quarterback Hayden Bauserman lots of options each Friday night. The Falcons have just as much depth on the defensive side of the ball. Gum, Phillips and Cook all return on FALCONS, 7 The Falcons return all but one starter on a very strong offensive line. Josh Gum, Jacob Unger, Miguel Argueta and The Falcons have plenty of depth at Brandon Phillips are all back. Yew said wide receiver this season. They return Sam Cornman, Travis Cooper, Zach Caleb Cook will likely move into the 240425 The Northern Virginia Daily CENTRAL FALCONS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 5 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 30 at John Champe, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 Spotswood, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 Oct. 11 William Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Oct. 25 Warren County, 7:30 p.m. at Madison County, 7:30 p.m. at Strasburg, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 2012 RESULTS (10-3, 5-1 BULL RUN) beat Broadway, 20-14 beat Stonewall Jackson, 26-24 lost to Warren County, 28-7 beat John Champe, 30-9 beat George Mason, 42-19 lost to Manassas Park, 21-14 beat William Monroe, 62-21 Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 16 Nov. 23 beat Clarke County, 14-7 beat Madison County, 55-28 beat Strasburg, 25-20 beat Amelia County, 41-19 beat Strasburg, 25-22 lost to Essex, 48-28 Sept. 6 Stonewall Jackson, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Clarke County, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 George Mason, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Manassas Park, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 Join the winning team with an ArtCarved Class Ring! www.ArtCarved.com Finksâ€™ Jewelry Store 134 South Main St. Woodstock, VA 240421 459-3142 6 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 CENTRAL FALCONS The Northern Virginia Daily Gum still inspired by ‘No. 1 fan’ By Tommy Keeler Jr. WOODSTOCK — Josh Gum knows this could be the best season yet for Central. And like everyone he wants to make the most of his senior season, but he knows every time he steps out on the field on Friday nights something will be missing. “It won’t be the same without my No. 1 fan,” Gum said. Gum’s “No. 1 fan” was his grandfather, Donald Warner, who died last November after a long battle with cancer. “He was a very big impact on me. He was my rock,” Gum said. “When he was so bad with cancer he could barely walk, but he drove all the way down to Windsor [for a playoff game in 2011].” Last season the Falcons dedicated a win against Stonewall Jackson to Gum’s grandfather. Gum and his teammates presented his grandfather with the game ball after the game. Gum said it meant a lot to both him and his grandfather. “It brought me to tears once I got off the field,” Gum said. “We were trying to get in the huddle and I could see him over there, but he didn’t know it was coming. I had all my boys behind me — it was great. We handed him that ball and he just broke down in tears. It just meant the world to him. The last two weeks, even on his deathbed, he had that football right there in his arms. It meant so much to him. I’m thankful for [Central] coach [Mike] Yew and everybody who made that happen.” Rich Cooley/Daily Central’s Josh Gum, a two-way starting lineman, has been a huge part of the Falcons’ success the last few years. team since he was a freshman. Gum has played at both center and tackle, where he will play this season and said he doesn’t mind playing anywhere on the line. While he said he prefers to play on offense, Gum also enjoys playing on defense as well. He’s played at both defensive tackle and end for Central. This season he will playing at defensive tackle. make him better at each sport. It also helps lifting in the weight room in the offseason, Gum said his current bench press max is 370, and he’s hoping to get to 400 by the winter. The Falcons have been at least cochampions in the Bull Run District for the last two years, and with most of the team returning there’s good reason for high expectations. One of 20 seniors on the team, Yew said he’s looking to Gum for leadership. “I think this year he’s going to take more of an upfront leadership role,” Yew said. “He’s always kind of been a leader, but I think he’s always felt a little bit shy about it because he was an GUM, 7 While Gum said he knows that offen“[Central defensive coordinator] coach sive linemen don’t get a lot of credit, the most important thing is helping the [Rowdy] Hoover makes defense so enjoyable,” Gum said. “He’s fun to be team win. with, but at the same time he works “For us, anytime you have an opportu- “It’s just a sense of pride,” Gum said. you hard. He’s a yelling coach, he gets nity to do something special for some“You line up, you know you got to beat in your face, but he gets the point body when they deal with a tough the guy in front of you. We all do what’s across. thing in their life, it’s always a pretty best for the team. We may not get in “I’m definitely starting to like defense genuine thing to do,” Yew said. “It just the papers, but if we get a win that’s more.” seemed like the right thing to do.” better than being in any paper, I Gum is also on the track team and Gum has been a huge part of Central’s think.” success over the last few years. The 6foot-3, 289-pound offensive and defensive lineman has been a starter on the Gum said it’s also a great feeling to be last year finished fifth in the shot put able to make a block that helps lead to in the Group A state meet. He said doing both track and football help a touchdown. The Northern Virginia Daily CENTRAL FALCONS 2012 STATS • Record: 10-3 (5-1 Bull Run) • Passing leader: Hayden Bauserman (159 for 269, 2,443 yards, 24 touchdowns, 15 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Jordan Umstead (180 carries for 1,041 yards, 15 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Kolton Poston (50 receptions for 635 yards, 8 touchdowns) • Total tackles: Hamilton Argueta (120) • Sacks: Cody Neal (5) • Interceptions: Justin Bauserman, Travis Cooper (4) No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 10 11 12 15 16 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 28 31 32 33 34 35 37 40 43 44 45 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 59 63 65 67 68 70 71 75 77 78 82 84 86 88 89 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 7 Falcons Continued from 4 2013 ROSTER Name Justin Bauserman Connor Hammack Hayden Bauserman Sam Cornman Tommy Caison Sam Barbour Thomas Peacemaker John Hall Killian Boykin Jonathan Feaster Austin Sherman John Hepner Jordan Rau Zach Herbaugh Daniel Molina Tristan Rau Brandon Braithwaite Brandon Davis Eric Ventura Cody Polk T.J. Sloan Chance Estleford Matt Edwards Hank Hoover Trey Riley A.J. Crider Josh Ingle Hamilton Argueta Jesse Cloyd Todd Stocking Caleb Cook Thomas French Miguel Argueta Morgan Lucy-Speidel Brandon Phillips Jacob Unger J.C. Horn Josh Gum Harold Wakeman Jacob Miller Jamie Campbell Manny Rogers Dylan Runion Antolin Perez-Torres Codey Heltzel Riley Peters Dakota Stevens Andrew Cary Kolton Poston Jacob Runion Travis Cooper Issac Waters Ht. 6-0 5-9 6-3 6-0 6-1 5-11 5-8 6-2 5-10 6-2 5-11 5-7 5-7 6-4 5-7 5-7 5-8 5-5 5-9 5-11 5-6 5-7 5-10 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-8 5-10 5-6 5-8 5-10 5-10 5-9 5-8 5-11 6-1 5-10 6-3 6-0 5-10 6-1 6-2 5-8 5-7 5-10 6-1 5-11 6-3 6-4 5-10 6-1 5-11 Wt. 162 145 212 175 163 175 150 158 145 165 155 135 155 180 175 155 143 115 145 195 130 120 155 171 145 133 168 215 173 205 193 195 225 145 232 245 175 295 195 194 162 252 230 166 255 280 285 189 215 155 190 185 Pos. WR/DB WR/DB QB WR/DB WR/DB QB/LB RB/DL WR/DB WR/DB WR/LB WR/LB WR/LB RB/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB TE/LB WR/DB RB/LB FB/DL RB/LB RB/LB RB/DB FB/LB FB/LB RB/LB RB/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL FB/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DE TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/LB Year Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. So. So. Jr. So. So. So. So. So. So. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. the defensive line, and Yew said senior Thomas Peacemaker will probably be the other starter. “He’s kind of an undersized one, but he’s pretty quick,” Yew said of Peacemaker. “We’re hoping he can wreak some havoc in there, disrupt some plays.” Poston, Hamilton Argueta and Jonathan Feaster all return at linebacker. Central has plenty of depth in the secondary as well. They return three all-district selections in Justin Bauserman, Cooper and Herbaugh. Caison will also see playing time in the defensive backfield. “My expectations never change from year to year,” Yew said. “My expectations are us as a staff to put out the best program and best team on that field. And then everything else usually takes care of itself. Obviously we want “We’re going to try to figure out what to win a district title. We want to win a is the best 11 we can put on the field to regional title. We want to win a state be the best team that we can be,” Yew title. We’re no different than anybody said. else in the state, but we want to put The Falcons lost to Essex 48-28 last the best product that we can put out year in the third round of the Group A, here as coaches, and as long as we do Division 2 playoffs. Central has moved our job the best we can things usually up to Division 3 this season, but the have a way of taking care of themteam still has good reason to have high selves.” goals. Contact Assistant Sports Editor Yew said his goal is the same as it is Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 every year. ext. 155, or firstname.lastname@example.org room, camps all season, just to get to that next level. There is life after football, but I want to get as much of it as I Continued from 6 can, because I know once I’m done I’m going to miss it.” underclassman. His teammates voted him as a captain. I think we’ll see more No matter how much success the Falcons have this season Gum will still of a leadership role this year.” Gum said he tries to be a leader to his be missing his “No. 1 fan,” but he will also have a piece of his grandfather teammates, like many of the seniors were to him in years past. Gum said he with him. also tries to help out his younger broth- Gum said he has the football that the team gave to his grandfather and er, Tristan, who is a freshman. keeps it with him. Gum said he went to several college “I carry his football with me every game, camps this past summer, and he’s hopeverywhere I go,” Gum said. “It’s defiing to play at the next level next season. nitely going to be harder this season. “It’s my dream since I was a little kid,” “I know he’s up there looking down on Gum said. “I remember being 8 or 9 me, and hopefully I can do him proud.” years old watching the TV watching the college people, and just thinking Contact Assistant Sports Editor one day that could be me. I’ve pushed Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 my whole childhood, in the weight ext. 155, or email@example.com Gum 8 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 CLARKE COUNTY EAGLES The Northern Virginia Daily Eagles hope weight-room work gives boost By Tommy Keeler Jr. BERRYVILLE — Clarke County coach Chris Parker can see a big difference in his team already — literally. The Eagles hit the weight room hard in the offseason, and it has shown with many of the players. “We had a great offseason in the weight room,” Parker said. “I think as a whole team, it’s the strongest team we’ve had as a collective group. We’ve had some hard workers in the past. We’ve had like pockets of guys that maybe have worked harder than others. As a whole, we’ve worked hard.” Parker said he is hopeful that all that hard work in the weight room will pay big dividends in the season. Clarke County lost some key players, especially running back/defensive back Davey Hardesty, but they also return a strong nucleus of players on both sides of the ball. On offense the Eagles will be using multiple offenses. While they still run mostly out of the single-wing, they will also run out of the spread and the pistol at times this season. EAGLES, 11 2013 EAGLES • Coach: Chris Parker (14th year, 74-63) • Offense/Defense: Single wing, multiple/multiple 50 • Key returnees: RB/LB Josh Dulaney, QB/DB Sean McDonald, RB/LB Andy King, OL/DL Luke Estep, TE/DL Ben Wallace, RB/DB Kasey Lake, OL/LB Carson Perkins, OL/DL Logan Withers, OL/DL Buck Bloomingdale • Key losses: RB/DB Davey Hardesty, TE/LB Keith Hummer, RB/DB Eric Stewart, RB/LB Nick Helmut, OL/DL Bryan Brown Rich Cooley/Daily Clarke County head coach Chris Parker works with his players during their second week of practice heading into this season. Celebrating Over 33 Years of Community Partnership Best wishes for a successful 2013 football season! 239597 The Northern Virginia Daily CLARKE COUNTY EAGLES FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 9 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 30 at Berkeley Springs (W.Va.), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Stonewall Jackson, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 Brentsville, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Strasburg, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 Warren County, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 at Madison County, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Central, 7:30 p.m. at Manassas Park, 7:30 p.m. George Mason, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 2012 RESULTS (6-5, 3-3 BULL RUN) beat Berkeley Springs (W.Va.), 40-0 Oct. 12 lost to Warren County, 27-9 beat Stonewall Jackson, 35-7 lost to Strasburg, 20-13 beat John Champe, 49-13 beat Madison County, 12-7 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 lost to Central, 14-7 lost to Manassas Park, 40-28 beat George Mason, 35-14 beat William Monroe, 61-19 lost to Buckingham County, 48-20 William Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 239599 10 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 CLARKE COUNTY EAGLES The Northern Virginia Daily Clarke’s McDonald a two-way threat at QB By Tommy Keeler Jr. BERRYVILLE — Since his days playing in youth football league, Sean McDonald has always been a dual threat. There were years he would play at quarterback and other times he would be the running back. So it’s no surprise that McDonald fits into Clarke County’s single-wing offense perfectly. The Clarke County junior was the quarterback last year for the team, and was also one of the top rushers on the team. “Growing up always being part running back, part quarterback, I’ve always been prepared to run,” McDonald said. “I feel like I’m a physical guy for a quarterback.” While McDonald enjoys running, he said he prefers to pass the ball. That’s part of why he’s worked extra hard in the offseason to become a better quarterback. He’s worked with former Sherando standout and current University of South Alabama quarterback Ross Metheny and former Millbrook standout Andrew Oates on his game. “When I was working with Ross [Metheny] the biggest thing he said that got him through high school and college was that he had better footwork than everyone else,” McDonald said. “So I really took that to heart and focused on the mechanics. A lot of little things that I didn’t even realize I was doing last year, he was kind of touching up on.” This season his improved passing Rich Cooley/Daily skills could come in very handy as the Eagles are going to be using mul- Clarke County’s Sean McDonald worked hard in the offseason to become a better quarterback. tiple offenses. They plan to use the spread and the pistol along with the ning the single wing for so long, but and they just run it so perfectly. If single wing. we’re running it well,” McDonald we can even do it half as well as McDonald said he’s very excited for said. “We’ve got the right guys to do those guys, then I feel like we’ll be the offensive changes. it, especially when you watch the set.” NFL and you see guys like “As far as the spread and pistol Much like RGIII is looking to be [Washington Redskins quarterback] goes, it’s always difficult to put in a Robert Griffin [III] run the pistol, more of a passer this season, so is new system when we’ve been runMcDonald. McDonald said he feels confident in all of his receivers, and said he worked hard to build chemistry with them in the offseason. His favorite target from last year — Davey Hardesty — graduated, but McDonald said he thinks it’s a good thing that he doesn’t have just one go-to guy. McDonald said his father, who played at Loudoun Valley, has been a big influence on him. He said his father always encouraged him to play against older players to improve and get better. That’s part of the reason McDonald handled last year really well. He was moved up to varsity to become the starting quarterback as a sophomore. “We threw him into the fire early,” Clarke County coach Chris Parker said. “He did a great job. He’s very dedicated and focused. Throws a good ball. When we ask him to run the ball, he obviously does it in the single wing. He can also block, too. He’s got the whole package.” Last season McDonald ran for 680 yards on 113 attempts. He also threw for 961 yards on 48 for 117 passing. He threw eight touchdown passes and ran for five. He also plays at safety on defense and had 20 tackles and two interceptions last year. “It’s kind of a leadership role on defense, too,” McDonald said of playing safety. “It’s fun. I like playing on both sides of the ball.” McDonald said he went to camps at JMU, Richmond, Shippensburg (Pa.), ODU and Towson this summer. He said he also got stronger, by working out in the weight room throughout the offseason. With a year at quarterback under his belt, McDonald said he expects to be an even better leader for the team this season. MCDONALD, 11 The Northern Virginia Daily CLARKE COUNTY EAGLES Withers and Buck Bloomingdale are all returners. Ben Wallace and Vince Zduoba will each see time at tight end. “I figure [our experience] is going to help us a lot,” Parker said. “We have to take care of business on the practice field, but I think we’ll be prepared to play.” FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 11 Eagles Continued from 8 Leading the way will be quarterback Sean McDonald, who has worked on improving his passing skills in the offseason. kids are a lot more in tune with what what they did last year. we’re trying to do. We’re trying to put “Our goal every year is to win the every athlete we have, on the field on state championship,” Parker said. the defensive side.” “You gotta start from day one. I honThe kicking and punting duties are estly take it game by game. Our goal up in the air, but the coaches said obviously is to go as far as we can they like the prospects that they have. and have that trophy in our sight.” Coming off a 6-5 season in which they lost a lot of close games, the team is motivated to build off of Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or firstname.lastname@example.org “He’s a lot stronger overall,” Parker said. “He’s always thrown, in my opinion, a good ball, but he’s refined his technique. You can tell that.” The Eagles also return some valuable experience on the defensive side of the ball. Wallace, Estep, Withers and The running game will be led by seniors Josh Dulaney, Andy King and Bloomingdale return on the defensive line. Clarke County defensive Kasey Lake. coordinator Casey Childs said Julius The Eagles will have quite a few Green will also see playing time on players back on the offensive line. the defensive front. Luke Estep, Carson Perkins, Logan Dulaney and King will lead the way 2012 STATS at the linebackers spots, with Perkins joining them in the middle. • Record: 6-5 (3-3 Bull Run) • Passing leader: Sean McDonald (48 for 117, 961 yards, 8 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Davey Hardesty (183 carries for 1,454 yards, 25 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Davey Hardesty (28 receptions for 454 yards, 4 touchdowns) • Total tackles: Josh Dulaney (145) • Sacks: Ben Wallace (3.5) • Interceptions: Kasey Lake (4) 2013 ROSTER No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 14 20 24 25 28 32 35 37 40 46 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 58 59 60 61 64 66 67 69 70 73 76 77 86 89 Name Kasey Lake Greg Shippa Scottie Aycock Steven Walker Wayne Rouss Jaxon Ottobre Andy King Matthew Dang Sean McDonald Justin Dulaney Michael Fields William Jackson Robbie Kenny Ben Wallace Jordan Turner Tommy Kenny Josh Dulaney Jordan Robinson Vince Zduoba Brady Hayes Josh Jones Sam Tintaya Clayton Murphy Julius Grant Chris Large Carson Perkins Cody Moulds Logan Withers Zach Melusen Lee Louthan Alexander Broome Evan Whirley Christian Camacho Buck Bloomingdale Daniel Johnson Daniel Moseley Jacob Buckman Mark Alexander Luke Estep Sam White Will Roper Matt Cleary Height 6-0 5-8 6-2 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-11 5-10 6-3 6-2 5-9 5-10 5-9 6-2 5-9 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-2 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-9 6-2 6-0 5-10 6-1 5-11 5-9 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-10 6-2 6-3 6-3 6-0 5-11 Weight 170 155 160 160 170 140 205 160 200 185 165 150 160 190 165 185 205 185 210 170 185 170 205 220 160 215 180 200 200 200 200 195 205 210 185 255 230 250 240 180 180 165 Pos. RB/DB QB/DB RB/DB RB/DB RB/DB QB/DB RB/LB RB/DB QB/DB TE/DB RB/LB RB/DB RB/DB TE/DE RB/DB TE/DE RB/LB RB/LB TE/DL RB/DB TE/LB OL/DE OL/DE OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DE OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/LB TE/DE Year Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. So. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. So. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. So. So. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Lake and Wayne Rouse will lead the way in the defensive backfield. Childs said McDonald will also see playing time back there, but they will try to give him some breaks so he can focus on his quarterback duties. “I think we return eight kids that got experience on defense in some way, and it’s the second year running the same defense,” Childs said. “The McDonald Continued from 10 McDonald said losing in the first round of the playoffs has become a habit that the Eagles want to break. “It’s definitely something that we want to get over,” McDonald said. “We feel like that’s a big monkey on our back — to win that first playoff game. I feel like if there’s any year we’re going to do it, it’s going to be this year. With us adding more passing, I feel like we’ll have a better chance not only in our district, but in the region and in the state. “Last year I was a leader on the team, but I didn’t have as much influence as a whole,” McDonald said. “But this year we got me, Josh [Dulaney] Andy [King], Buck [Bloomingdale] all of the big seniors. I have just as much voice as they do this year. Being a quarterback you have to have the strong voice, and I’m not afraid to tell people what we need to do to win, because you only have so many years of high school and if we waste time then it’s gone.” “We definitely want to get as far as we can, especially for the seniors, because this is their last year and Last year the Eagles went 6-4 in the they want to go out with a bang.” regular season, but lost to Contact Assistant Sports Editor Buckingham County in the first Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 round of the playoffs. ext. 155, or email@example.com 12 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 HANDLEY JUDGES The Northern Virginia Daily Judges aim to bounce back from rough year By Tommy Keeler Jr. WINCHESTER — Last year was a rough one for Handley. With a young and inexperienced team the Judges went through some hard times. Now a year older and more experienced, the team has high hopes for what it can accomplish. The Judges return nine starters on offense and eight on defense. Handley coach Tony Rayburn said despite their 3-7 record, he was happy with how they progressed each week last season. “We kept trying to get better each week, and I thought we really improved as a team,” Rayburn said. “At the end of the year we were a much JUDGES, 15 2013 JUDGES • Coach: Tony Rayburn (12th year, 86-39) • Offense/Defense: Multiple I, Spread/50 • Key returnees: WR/DB Justin Washington, RB/LB Jack Pingley, WR/DB Jarrett Cestaro, WR/DB Brian Thomas, QB Will Dearing, RB/DB Dontae Mauck, LB Will Martin, DB Andrew Lins, TE/LB Ben Nelson, OL/DL Marquaye Jackson, OL/DL Clif Ambers, OL/DL Jordan Dowrey, OL/DL Cole Daylor, OL/DL Troy Bergin, OL/DL Zahrain Washington • Key losses: RB/LB Skylar Wotring, RB/LB Tyree Summers Rich Cooley/Daily file Skyline’s Dayvon Haight breaks up a pass intended for Handley’s Justin Washington near the end of the first half during a game last season in Front Royal. Shop & Compare! 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Large Selection of Estate Jewelr y DEALERS WELCOME We Also SPECIALIZE IN: 90% U.S. SIVLER COINS, .999 SILVER AND STERLING 239586 The Northern Virginia Daily HANDLEY JUDGES FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 13 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 31 Liberty, 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at Harrisonburg, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Fauquier, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Eastern View, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Kettle Run, 7 p.m. Aug. 25 Sept. 1 Sept. 7 Sept. 15 Sept. 28 2012 RESULTS (3-7, 1-3 NORTHWESTERN) beat Dominion, 17-10 lost to Harrisonburg, 32-21 Oct. 5 Oct. 13 lost to Kettle Run, 34-0 lost to Sherando, 21-0 lost to Skyline, 42-31 lost to Millbrook, 27-24 beat James Wood, 28-7 Oct. 18 at Sherando, 7 p.m. Oct. 26 Skyline, 1 p.m. Nov. 1 at Millbrook, 7 p.m. James Wood, 1 p.m. lost to Martinsburg (W.Va.), 63-7 Oct. 19 lost to Fauquier, 42-21 beat Washington (W.Va.), 27-7 Oct. 27 Nov. 2 Sept. 28 Washington (W.Va.), 1 p.m. Nov. 9 239600 14 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 HANDLEY JUDGES The Northern Virginia Daily Dowrey uses big brother as measuring stick By Tommy Keeler Jr. WINCHESTER — Jordan Dowrey and his older brother, Derek, have always been competitive. The sibling rivalry between the two even dates as far back as their birth. “They’re competitive about who weighed the more at birth,” Derek Dowrey Sr. said. “They still argue about it. Derek was 12 pounds when he was born, which is insane, but he was two weeks late. And Jordan was 10 days early and was 10 pounds then. So, he says ‘I would have been bigger’ and they compete about it all the time. It goes all the way back to that.” Derek Dowrey Jr. was a very good player for Handley, where he graduated in 2012. He currently plays at Penn State. Jordan Dowrey is getting ready to start his senior season at Handley, where he is entering his fourth season. Jordan Dowrey has always looked up to Derek, and has always wanted to do everything his older brother did. “There’s a lot of competition there, definitely, but the thing for me is he’s three years older,” Jordan Dowrey said. “I’m two grades behind him, so I’m trying to make up that year in age and keep up doing the same thing he did every grade.” Rich Cooley/Daily make a big play for his team on that side of the ball. Jordan Dowrey had 115 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season for the Judges. In the offseason, Jordan Dowrey went to 13 camps at various colleges and already has scholarship offers from Richmond, UConn and Hampton. Jordan Dowrey said he’s keeping his options open and taking his time with making a final decision, but he’s happy to know that he will be playing at the college level. It’s something he’s wanted to do since going to a Penn State game with his brother on a recruiting trip. “One of the games I was at visiting with my family and Derek I was like, ‘I want to be a part of this,’” Jordan Dowrey said. “And since then I’ve been doing everything I can to get ready for that.” One thing Jordan has done that his brother didn’t was to win a wrestling state title. Jordan Dowrey won the Group AA heavyweight title last year at Salem as a junior. However, Jordan Dowrey said he definitely prefers football over wrestling. “I don’t think I’m a wrestler,” Jordan Dowrey said. “I am a football player, that’s how it makes the most sense. I Dowrey has certainly left his own Jordan Dowrey’s life not only because wrestle when I wrestle, but I love it. mark on Handley’s football program. his brother played, but also because That experience was great last year. He was a starter at center his freshhis father was an assistant football Derek Dowrey Sr. said that while it’s Salem’s a great place to go. A ton of man season, in which the Judges coach and still is. been tough at times, he thinks Jordan people, a high level of intensity — it’s a advanced to the Group AA, Division 3 Jordan said Derek Sr. didn’t force him lot of fun.” has handled everything really well. state semifinals. and his brother to play, but it’s some“It’s an awfully big shadow,” Dowrey As he prepares to start his senior Jordan Dowrey said it was a great thing they both wanted to do. Sr. said. “I mean literally and figurayear at Handley, Jordan Dowrey said learning experience for him. “Its a great way to learn,” Jordan tively, Derek casts a big shadow. He his senior year will be bittersweet. “I was the only [freshman] that was Dowrey said. “We sit around the dinwasn’t just an older brother like some Derek Sr. teaches at the school, and people have, he was a pretty good older there the whole season, and it was an ner table and talk about football and Jordan has grown up around the brother. And so it’s helped Jordan more established group,” Jordan Dowrey break things down because we want to. school since he was a youth. than it’s hurt him. said. “They had been to the state semi- Because we like thinking about the “I couldn’t imagine being at any other game, it’s fun for us. It’s been a great “I think overall it’s been to his advan- finals the year before that, regional school,” Jordan Dowrey said. “Honestly, way to learn more about the game.” tage to have Derek as an older brother. finals the year before that. I was part I felt like I belonged at Handley when of something that had been estabNot only to have someone to learn Jordan Dowrey plays at guard now on I was in middle school and elementary lished. Everyone had that expectation, the offensive line, but playing defense school. I grew up in the building. I from, and to be inspired by, just because it’s a goal to attain. It’s some- and I just walked in and being a part is what he likes the most. He plays on knew my way around before renovaof that was awesome.” thing to live up to.” tions. I grew up in there. the defensive line, and said there’s The 6-foot-2 270-pound Jordan Football has always been a big part of something special about being able to DOWREY , 15 Handley’s Jordan Dowrey is coming off a big season for the Judges, in which he had a team-high 115 tackles. The Northern Virginia Daily HANDLEY JUDGES 2012 STATS • Record: 3-7 (1-3 Northwestern) • Passing leader: Will Dearing (125 for 231, for 1,562 yards, 14 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Dontae Mauck (76 carries for 402 yards, 4 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Justin Washington (45 receptions for 630 yards, 7 touchdowns) FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 15 Judges Continued from 12 Dowrey, Zahrain Washington, Bergin, Dennis Vega and Marquaye Jackson will lead the way on the defensive front for the Judges. field to prove how good they can be, and the players are excited to do that. better team than where we started at. Hopefully we’ll build off of what we ended with, and I think we have a chance to have a good football team.” Rayburn said he really liked how his players responded in the offseason. “I think they were a little embar• Total tackles: Jordan Dowrey (115) rassed,” Rayburn said. “I think they • Sacks: Brogan McPartland (7.5) really had the taste of losing and they don’t like it. I told them I’ve been doing • Interceptions: Brian Thomas (3) this 23 years and this is the best group we’ve ever had in the weight room. The up to him. He’s taken lumps. He’s paid main core of our kids worked four days his dues, that’s for sure.” a week from January through August. Millbrook transfer D.J. Frisby, a junThat’s some dedication. ior, will be the Judges’ primary running back. “We look a lot more like a football team this year. Physically we fill out Handley will have plenty of depth at our uniforms a whole lot more.” receiver. They have Justin Washington, Dontae Mauck, Jarett Cestaro and Handley junior quarterback Will Dearing is back for his third year as a Brian Thomas all returning from last starter. year. Senior Jason Morgan, who did Dearing threw for 1,562 yards on 125 not play last year, will also be in the mix. of 231 passing and 14 touchdowns. “I think we’re deeper than we’ve ever “Will’s just matured physically, he’s put on 20 pounds,” Rayburn said. “He’s been at receiver,” Rayburn said. 6-3, 180-85, he was 160 last year. He’s Handley also returns its entire offenimproved his arm strength, making sive line. Jordan Dowrey, Cole Daylor, reads, his knowledge of the offense. Zahrain Washington, Clif Ambers and “He’s one of those kids that you could- Troy Bergin all return. Rayburn said Ben Nelson and Kingsley will each see n’t ask him to do any more than he does. He’s a leader, too. The kids look time at tight end. “I think we have the potential to do very well,’ Dowrey said. “If we’re not Senior Jack Pingley is back at linesuccessful I think that’s going to have backer. Rayburn said senior linebacker a lot to do with what we’re doing and Will Martin has really improved in the the mistakes we’re making. I think the weight room. biggest thing is for us to make sure The defensive backfield should also be that we do what we’re supposed to do regardless of who we’re playing.” solid led by Justin Washington, Thomas, Morgan, Frisby and Andrew Contact Assistant Sports Editor Lins. Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 The Judges will have to go out on the ext. 155, or firstname.lastname@example.org 2013 ROSTER No. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 30 32 34 35 43 44 45 52 56 58 61 62 63 70 74 75 84 Name Matthew Elliott Malachi Strother Dolan Delaney Justin Washington Jason Morgan D.J. Frisby Jack Pingley Dennis Vega Jarrett Cestaro Dustin Cutter Eduardo Guzman Nick Dempsey Brian Thomas Will Dearing Marquaye Jackson Christian Hoffman Dontae Mauck Mike Felder Nick Marshall Nikia Best Jude Aschenbrenner Jacob Shade Anthony Smith Will Martin Jake Orndorff Andrew Lins Ben Nelson Travis Reigle Tyrone Bowley Clif Ambers Jordan Dowrey Cole Daylor Troy Bergin Noah Climer Tommy Shea-Roop Max Prado Zahrain Washington Marcos Tacticos Height 5-11 5-9 5-11 6-4 5-10 5-8 5-8 5-11 5-11 5-10 5-8 6-1 5-5 6-2 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-9 5-8 6-3 5-7 5-5 5-10 5-10 5-9 6-4 6-2 6-1 6-5 6-2 6-0 6-0 6-3 6-3 6-0 6-3 5-10 Weight 165 150 165 195 160 170 195 175 140 160 165 200 140 180 250 175 160 165 180 150 160 160 155 190 170 160 200 220 210 260 270 260 240 250 230 285 330 150 Pos. QB/DB RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB QB/DB RB/DL RB/LB RB/DB WR/DB K/P WR/DB TE/LB RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB WR/DB RB/DB TE/LB TE/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB Year So. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Dowrey Continued from 14 playoffs again. “We just have that expectation,” Jordan Dowrey said. “The expectation and especially the fuel from last year, just because that kind of eats at you. We had the entire offseason to think about that. “It was the first year I think in nine years that we weren’t in the playoffs. That eats at all of us. It bothers us. [Handley head] coach [Tony] Rayburn had a pretty good streak going and I hate that I was on the team that ruined it.” Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or email@example.com “For me, it’s home as much as anything.” That’s part of the reason the last two seasons have bothered Jordan Dowrey so much. Two years ago the Judges went 5-6, losing in the first round of the playoffs. Last year they went 3-7, and it didn’t sit well with Jordan Dowrey or his teammates. Jordan Dowrey said this season the team is focused on turning things around and making sure the program is back on track and in the 16 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 JAMES WOOD COLONELS The Northern Virginia Daily Well-traveled McHale now leads Colonels By Brad Fauber WINCHESTER — Mark McHale has bounced around from place to place during his coaching career, which has included plenty of stops at both the high school and college levels. Wood’s football team in what will likely be McHale’s final coaching destination. “This is my alma mater. I’ve been traveling all over the place for 40 years and I get to come home,” said McHale, who graduated from James Wood in 1968 and is a member of the The 62-year-old McHale has coached school’s P. Wendell Dick Hall Of Fame. “I’ve got family here — I’ve under the legendary Bobby Bowden seen more of my family since I’ve at Florida State University, was an been here than I had in the last five assistant at Southern Mississippi (where he recruited Brett Favre) and years. I have a great staff to work with, great young men who work most recently coached at Alcorn hard. To come back to your alma State in 2012. McHale served as Warren County’s mater is a good way to end it.” head football coach in the late 1990s, McHale replaces former Colonels and he coached a few seasons of high head coach Mike Bolin, who coached school football in Mississippi as well. for five seasons at James Wood But now McHale has finally returned before stepping down from the position, and McHale’s presence has home to Winchester to lead James made an immediate impact on Colonels players. 2013 COLONELS McHale was adamant about employ• Coach: Mark McHale (first year) ing a strict strength and conditioning • Offense/Defense: Multiple, Multiple 4-3 program in the offseason, and many players have already noticed the • Key returnees: WR/DB Dakota Orndorff, QB Cam Butler, P/K/DB Willi effects of those drills. And it isn’t just Spears, QB/DB Brady Hepner, HB/LB the physical work that McHale has Daniel Funkhouser demanded that has caught the eyes • Key losses: RB/LB Dallas Corbin, of the James Wood players — they RB/LB Joey Eubank, OL/DL Erik Bearer, are also aware of his extensive coachRich Cooley/Daily file TE/DL Mason Longerbeam, RB/WR/DB ing background. Sherando quarterback Reid Entsminger runs for yardage as James Bradley Skillman, RB/LB Levi Roy COLONELS, 19 Wood’s Dakota Orndorff pulls him down during a game last season. WE DO BOTH COMMERCIAL WORK AS WELL AS RESIDENTIAL WORK 15% 15% OFF (Minimum 75 ft.) Since 1951 Expert Installation by Qualified Installers ROOFING SIDING Not valid with any other offers. Good at first presentation only. 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With so few true varsity veterans returning to this year’s team, those who did see significant playing time last season for James Wood will be looked upon to help the Colonels rebound this season under new head coach Mark McHale. Senior Dakota Orndorff is one of those guys, and the 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver/cornerback will play a crucial role to the success of the Colonels in 2013. “He’s got a big role, he’s playing both ways,” McHale said recently. “He’s got to make big plays for us.” Orndorff returns for his senior season as James Wood’s leading receiver from a year ago, when he caught 32 passes for 453 yards and four touchdowns. James Wood will need to get that kind of production — and them some — again this year as the offense welcomes some new faces across the board. Orndorff’s leadership on offense took on an even larger importance earlier this preseason when senior quarterback Cam Butler was diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out indefinitely. “I just hope to provide the team with some catches, some yardage, some touchdowns and just help get some wins as a team,” Orndorff said. “It’s not about one person, it’s going to take the whole team to win this year.” In Butler’s absence, junior Brady Hepner will step into the starting quarterback role, which is just fine with Orndorff. Orndorff and Hepner have been good friends for quite some time, as the two have also played baseball together over the years. Orndorff said it hasn’t taken long for the duo to develop a good quarterback-receiver connection on the field Brad Fauber/Daily James Wood senior Dakota Orndorff returns as one of the few veterans on a Colonels team looking to turn things around from a 1-9 season a year ago. in practice. “We’ve been friends for a while, so we’ve got good chemistry already,” Orndorff said. “The chemistry level is pretty good because we play baseball together and stuff like that.” Defensively, Orndorff will look to help lead a team that struggled to keep opposing offenses contained last season. the Colonels will play to the team’s strength this year. “I think our defense is going to be a ton better than last year. It’s a completely different defense, a lot more aggressive style, and I think that’s going to help us,” Orndorff said. “I think we’re going to create a lot more turnovers than last year.” people will follow you. He can be a leader, he can say ‘Look at me, look what I’m doing,’ and that’s where he’ll be a good asset to us.” Orndorff, who admits that he isn’t a big vocal leader, is excited about his increased role with James Wood this year and said knowing what is expected out of the seniors has affected the way he prepares for the upcoming season. “I’ve kind of approached it as I’ve got to work harder because I’m a senior and people look up to seniors. So I’ve kind of just taken that and kind of ran with it a little bit,” Orndorff said. “It’s definitely something that I look forward to, just being out there with people that follow behind me. I like being in charge.” Contact sports writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org Orndorff’s willingness to step in as a leader for an inexperienced team has The Colonels allowed a whopping 38.6 caught the eye of McHale, who said points per game last year, a number Orndorff immediately made a good first that will need to drop considerably if impression during offseason workouts James Wood hopes to be more competi- as soon as Orndorff arrived following tive on the field this season. the conclusion of the 2012 baseball season. Orndorff said a lot of focus has been placed on the defense so far in practice. “He plays other sports, and he’s been a James Wood will show multiple looks leader in other sports. Kids look up to on defense this season, with the 4-3 him. He practices with example, he likely to play a prominent role, and goes hard,” McHale said. “That’s how Orndorff thinks the aggressiveness of you lead — you lead by example, and The Northern Virginia Daily JAMES WOOD COLONELS James Wood appears to have an uphill climb in doing so, as the Colonels return little experience from last year’s team that graduated 17 seniors. to turn it around, it might take two years, it might take three, but we’re going to get it going in the right direction and this bunch has an opportunity to possibly do it the first FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 19 Colonels Continued from 16 year, but we’re going to have to wait and see.” Contact sports writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or email@example.com “He definitely knows what he’s doing when it comes to football, and he’s a big motivator for us,” senior fullback/linebacker Daniel Funkhouser said. “He demands perfection, and everybody wants to be perfect for him because it’s a big year for all of us seniors.” The Colonels will also be without starting quarterback Cam Butler — one of the few returning veterans on the team — who was diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out indefinitely. Junior Brady Hepner will be the starting quarterback in Butler’s absence, and McHale said Hepner McHale said he has been pleased with the effort and enthusiasm that has “filled in really well” so far in he has seen from his players so far in practice. practice, and the longtime coach said “It definitely hurts us with experihe even got a pleasant surprise this ence at quarterback, but Brady is offseason when the entire James going to step in and he’s going to do Wood football program — varsity and fine,” said senior wide receiver/defenjunior varsity teams combined — sive back Dakota Orndorff (32 catchhad perfect attendance during sumes, 453 yards, four touchdowns in mer workouts. 2012). “I kind of like Brady — he’s got some wheels on him, so that will help. Once he gets his decision-making down he can start just getting the feel of things.” McHale said James Wood will show multiple looks on both offense and defense, and the offensive playbook alone contains about 45 different formations. Defensively, the Colonels will look to improve upon last year’s performance in which they allowed 38.6 points per game. James Wood should have some good senior leadership on the defensive side of the ball with Orndorff and Barrett Davis in the secondary, Marcus Lemley at linebacker, and Christian Marchelewski and Nick Floyd along the defensive line. McHale knows that the turnaround of James Wood’s program probably won’t happen overnight, but he is dedicated to getting the Colonels moving in the right direction as quickly as possible. “The thing is they’re doing everything we’re asking them to do. We want to put them in a position to win, but all we can ask them to do is go out there and play hard and we’ll just take it one day at a time,” McHale said. “It might take one year 2013 ROSTER No. 2 3 5 7 8 9 10 19 21 23 25 26 28 30 33 35 37 40 42 44 45 46 47 50 54 67 70 72 73 74 75 76 77 79 80 81 83 84 85 88 89 Name Willi Spears Jacob Potter Tylar Merriner Johnny Crouse Brady Hepner Ryan Seymour Camden Butler Logan King Thomas Papastavrou Dakota Orndorff Barrett Davis Nick Manuel Tyler Bishop Dustin Feathers Tucker Simmers Sean Ramsey Reid Barber Landon Rutherford Christian Marchelewski Dakota Hiles Daniel Funkhouser Connor Rhodes Trent McCarty Adam Vadell Jesus Correa Dominic Hiles Jacob Mallon Hayden Bridges Devin Moncrief Tyler Owens Nick Floyd Marcus Lemley Jake Jenkins Cody Feltner Branson Ratlief John Perry Adam Bearer Dalton Clark Colin Benner Brandon Johnson Garrett Winters Position P/K/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB RB/LB HB/LB RB/LB TE/DE RB/LB RB/DB OL/DL HB/LB HB/LB RB/LB RB/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DE TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB TE/DE WR/DB WR/DB Ht. 5-7 5-6 5-6 5-8 6-0 5-8 5-11 5-8 5-8 6-0 5-4 5-9 5-8 5-7 5-9 5-8 5-8 5-10 5-9 5-7 5-10 5-11 5-8 5-11 6-0 5-4 5-8 5-7 6-1 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-0 6-5 5-9 5-11 5-4 6-3 5-9 5-10 Wt. 157 132 136 140 171 165 172 160 166 192 142 147 175 182 152 168 152 191 185 158 197 173 210 226 222 141 215 331 202 209 262 210 254 339 181 205 160 138 192 160 139 Year Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. “We didn’t have a single player miss the entire summer workouts out of 74 football players. That’s unbelievable,” McHale said. “I don’t know many programs that can say every one of their players made their quotas for workouts in the summer, but they’ve been here since I got here March 11. They’ve been lifting weights, doing the speed program, conditioning program. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do, so I’m real tickled with them. We’ve got a good group of seniors who want to have a successful year.” That drive to be successful will be crucial for the Colonels, who are trying to turn things around from a dreadful 1-9 season a year ago. 2012 STATS • Record: 1-9, 0-4 Northwestern • Passing leader: Cam Butler (93 for 203, 1,163 yards, 8 touchdowns, 12 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Dallas Corbin (79 carries for 336 yards, 2 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Dakota Orndorff (32 catches for 453 yards, 4 touchdowns) • Total tackles: Joey Eubank (66) • Sacks: Mason Longerbeam (7) • Interceptions: Brett Lewin (2) 20 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 MILLBROOK PIONEERS The Northern Virginia Daily New Pioneers coach Haymore relishes challenge By Brad Fauber WINCHESTER — Josh Haymore faces a tough challenge in his first season as the head football coach at Millbrook as he must fill the gaping voids left in the wake of the loss of 21 seniors off last season’s squad. The Pioneers return just four players with significant varsity experience from a team that went 6-5 and made the playoffs a year ago, and Millbrook lost key pieces from all over the field, posing an obstacle that Haymore admits has been the toughest part of the 2013 preseason. Still, Haymore — who replaced former Millbrook coach Reed Prosser — is upbeat about his first season at the helm, and initial impressions of PIONEERS, 23 2013 PIONEERS • Coach: Josh Haymore (first year) • Offense/Defense: Multiple, Multiple • Key returnees: OL/DL Jonathan Crowley, RB/LB Devon Sharp, RB/LB Dylan Wisman, WR/DB Taylor James, OL/DL Logan Weems • Key losses: QB/DB Justin Neff, RB/DB Justin Anderson, WR/LB T.J. Bruce, OL/DL A.J. Bolden, WR/DB Rze Culbreath, RB/LB Logan Rodeffer, OL/DL Grant Johnson Rich Cooley/Daily Josh Haymore, Millbrook’s new football coach, will rebuild the Pioneers football team after losing 21 seniors from last year’s squad. Turning Your Dreams Into Reality Visit Our Dealership at 2648 Martinsburg Pike in Stephenson, Virginia Located 4 miles North of Winchester on Rt. 11 Offering the Best in Manufactured Homes 235897 540-667-7772 • firstname.lastname@example.org The Northern Virginia Daily MILLBROOK PIONEERS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 21 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 30 at Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Kettle Run, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 Fauquier, 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Chancellor, 7 p.m. Oct. 4 Skyline, 7 p.m. Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Oct. 5 2012 RESULTS (6-5, 2-2 NORTHWESTERN) lost to Tuscarora, 41-21 beat Broadway, 27-14 beat Jefferson (W.Va.), 55-6 beat Harrisonburg, 34-33 lost to Fauquier, 21-14 lost to Skyline, 43-29 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 27 Nov. 2 Nov. 9 beat Brentsville, 49-6 beat James Wood, 42-7 beat Handley, 27-24 lost to Sherando, 33-14 lost to Tuscarora, 42-21 Sept. 6 Hedgesville (W.Va.), 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Jefferson (W.Va.), 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at James Wood, 7 p.m. Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Handley, 7 p.m. at Sherando, 7 p.m. 239602 22 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 MILLBROOK PIONEERS The Northern Virginia Daily Pioneers’ Crowley embraces change as senior By Brad Fauber WINCHESTER — Things are a little bit different for Jonathan Crowley this season. After spending the first two years of his high school varsity football career playing alongside former Millbrook players A.J. Bolden and Grant Johnson on the defensive line, Crowley, now a senior with the Pioneers, suddenly finds himself in unfamiliar territory. “Being a senior, it’s a little bit different this year — we had 21 seniors last year, so I was kind of just like the guy trying to do their best,” Crowley said recently. “But this year on the team we have a lot of young sophomores so I’m trying to be a role model to them and try to show them that with hard work you can start and you can play well. I just like to be a role model and provide leadership wherever it’s needed in the game.” Crowley is no stranger to being looked at as a leader along the defensive line. The senior has seen plenty of playing time there for the Pioneers over the last two years, and last season he tied Millbrook two-way lineman Jonathan Crowley is ready to take on the role of for the team lead in tackles with 99 this season. and led Millbrook with six sacks. and classmate Pearson (Millbrook head Haymore said Crowley actually But in his two previous seasons, approached him about playing fullback Crowley had the benefit of having that coach Josh Haymore says the pair is inseparable) and Weems. this season, but Haymore convinced extra help, of working alongside those him otherwise by mentioning that Haymore said Weems and Crowley older guys on the team that he could offensive linemen get to see action on look up to and learn from. This season, are the two biggest leaders that have every play compared to the limited arisen so far in fall practice, and Crowley must play the role of mentor Haymore raves about Crowley’s techni- activity a fullback would get in to his younger teammates, much like cal ability and knowledge of the game, Millbrook’s offense. the role that Bolden and Johnson played before him. “We worked harder because you were a little scared — you realize big A.J. and Grant, they’re not here anymore. It’s you and your buddy [Logan] Weems and [Johnathan] Pearson,” Crowley said of the offseason preparation of he and his defensive line mates. “Realizing that it’s your turn, you bring something else when that happens.” It’s not as if Crowley is all by himself on the defensive line. Crowley will be joined this season by his good friend as well as Crowley’s physicality on the football field. “He’s a very physical individual,” Haymore said. “He’s as nice as all getout, he’s a grade A guy ... but when he puts those gloves on and that helmet on and those shoulder pads, he’s a totally different beast.” That physicality will be doubly important for Millbrook this season, as Crowley is also expected to fill in on an offensive line that lost every starter from a year ago. Rich Cooley/Daily mentor for his younger teammates he said the Pioneers’ defense is taking it upon itself to lead Millbrook to success this season. What little experience Millbrook returns from last season largely resides on the defensive side of the ball, with senior linebacker Devon Sharp (87 tackles), junior linebacker Dylan The move to offensive tackle, where Wisman (74 tackles) and senior defenCrowley has little game experience, has sive back Taylor James (31 tackles) the senior a little apprehensive, but he joining Crowley. is willing to do whatever it takes to “We’re excited. We lost a lot of pieces help Millbrook have a successful seaon offense, so our defense has to be son. sturdy this year,” Crowley said. “We “Trying to fill A.J.’s and Grant’s shoes on the offensive line, that’s kind of scary, but I’m going to do my best,” Crowley said. can’t allow as many rushing yards as we did last year. We’re going to have to stiffen up. Everyone is working hard on defense.” Although Crowley will see time on Contact sports writer Brad Fauber both sides of the ball, he remains a at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or defensive player first and foremost, and email@example.com The Northern Virginia Daily MILLBROOK PIONEERS at Broadway on Aug. 30, and Haymore and the rest of the Millbrook program will get its first glimpse of how well some of the younger players can fill in to their new roles. “We lost seniors, but it’s not like it hasn’t been done before. Teams have come back, and that’s what we’re FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 23 happy to be here, so it makes step into some important roles. us all happy to be here, too. His enthusiasm I think On offense, Millbrook must Continued from 20 means the most. I like that.” replace its entire offensive the Pioneers have given Haymore’s enthusiasm and line, as well as find replaceHaymore plenty of reason for love for the game was on full ments for former quarterback optimism. display on Saturday, Aug. 10, Justin Neff (2,200 yards, 21 touchdowns) and running “We’ve been practicing hard. the first day high school teams were allowed to conback Justin Anderson (1,222 I think with the seniors that duct full-contact drills in full yards, 13 touchdowns). have stepped up to be leadpads. Rather than wait until ers, they’re showing a lot of Haymore was not willing to the next Monday to hold the name a frontrunner or even excitement in practice, first contact practice, they’re running around full name the players that are Haymore held a 90-minute speed,” Haymore said in competing for the quartersession at midnight that between practices on Aug. back spot, but he did say the Saturday morning under the competition is between two 15. “When they get in there lights of Millbrook’s stadium. seniors and a sophomore, and the chinstraps are strapped up, they’re turning Haymore said the idea was although one of them has it on. First impressions are something that he took from been injured and has fallen good.” coach Brad Lutz at to the back of the pack. Broadway, where Haymore Millbrook’s roster of 53 “The two that are healthy served as an assistant for the players has hit the practice are competing — they are past two years. field hard as the Pioneers neck-and-neck,” Haymore gear up for the 2013 season. “I just thought it was a new said. “It’ll be down to the Players energetically moved tradition for this place. wire to make that determinafrom drill to drill during a They’ve never done it before tion, because I know there’s a recent practice, and enthusi- and I want to bring in a lot of controversy there, it’s just a asm ran rampant amongst new traditions,” Haymore matter of who can take that the players and the coaching said. “I know [Prosser] was pressure when guys that staff whenever a play was very successful here and want to rip their heads off worthy of praise. went to the playoffs a lot ... are on the other side of the ball.” That enthusiasm, which is a but I think we need to get a staple of Haymore’s coaching little bit more tradition. And The running back spot is maybe those traditions will style, is something that has also unclear, with about five get us a couple more wins in been eagerly embraced and or six guys competing for the accepted by the current crop the playoffs or a couple more opportunity to handle most of wins in the regular season. I of Pioneers. the carries for Millbrook, love football, and I love these “He brings a new enthusiaccording to Haymore. kids and I just want them to asm to our team, he gets On defense, the Pioneers do everyone psyched,” said sen- have a good time.” return some experience, with ior defensive end Jonathan If Millbrook hopes to make a Crowley, senior defensive Crowley, who tied for the return trip to the playoffs back Taylor James, senior team lead with 99 tackles this season, the Pioneers will linebacker Devon Sharp (87 last season. “You can tell he’s have to have some new faces tackles) and junior linebacker Dylan Wisman (74 2012 STATS tackles) all coming back. • Record: 6-5, 2-2 Northwestern • Passing leader: Justin Neff (137 for 270, 2,200 yards, 21 touchdowns, 14 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Justin Anderson (1,222 yards, 13 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: T.J. Bruce (44 catches for 876 yards, 12 touchdowns) • Total tackles: Jonathan Crowley (99) • Sacks: Jonathan Crowley (6) • Interceptions: Rze Culbreath (7) Pioneers here to do,” James said. “We’ll find people to do the job. The younger people, we’re teaching them, so they’re growing day by day. We’ll just put people in there who can do the job.” Contact sports writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org 2013 ROSTER No. 1 3 4 5 6 7 9 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 22 23 25 30 32 33 35 40 45 51 54 55 56 57 59 60 62 63 64 66 68 70 71 74 75 78 79 81 Name P.K. Kier Justin Singh Joseph Mason Taylor James Dylan Wisman Devin Lewis Taylor Evans Josh Dantzler Austin Detray Channing Tully Adam Paxton Mark Paxton Conner Faint Gabriel Quecedo Tyler Gray Jakob Albert Nazeeh Johnson Jaime Gutierrez Devon Sharp Tre Baylor Jake Mihill Michael Brandon Dylan Lee Mitchell Shiley Elijah Doyle Ethan Hicks Jonathan Crowley Logan Weems Keith Funk Jonathan Conner Isaiah Payne Devon Davis Austin Crone Matt Trumm Deion Blowe Aaron Seal Manuel Griffin Michael Dawson Johnathan Pearson Lorenzo Guzman Tyler Russell Tyler Fuller Tristan Stockli Collin Graves Pos. RB/DB WR/DB TE/DL WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB TE/DL QB/DL WR/DB QB/DB QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB K WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB RB/DB RB/DB RB/LB RB/LB RB/DB RB/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL TE/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB Ht. 5-7 5-7 6-0 5-7 5-9 6-2 5-6 6-2 5-10 6-0 6-0 6-0 5-6 5-8 5-9 5-7 5-7 5-6 5-8 5-6 5-10 5-5 5-7 5-9 5-4 5-10 5-11 5-9 5-6 5-7 5-11 5-10 5-7 5-10 5-9 5-9 6-3 5-10 6-2 5-9 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-9 Wt. 162 132 220 144 185 176 145 188 206 170 163 162 130 154 145 157 141 123 205 165 175 170 182 193 197 180 230 230 200 233 230 205 170 234 235 225 231 279 271 325 213 281 285 154 Year Fr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. So. So. So. So. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. “Defense wins championships, so we’re just coming out trying to be the hardest, most physical, fastest defense out there,” said James, who recorded 31 tackles and an interception last season. The Pioneers open their 2013 campaign on the road 24 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 SHERANDO WARRIORS The Northern Virginia Daily Warriors hope better chemistry the right formula By Tommy Keeler Jr. STEPHENS CITY — Last year did not go the way Sherando had hoped it would. Injuries set the team back last year, especially a broken collarbone to quarterback/defensive back Reid Entsminger. The team went only 6-5 on the season and suffered a first-round loss to Liberty in the playoffs. However, the Warriors lost only 13 players to graduation and this year’s team is more motivated than ever to turn things around this season. “Last year every practice was 100 percent, and that’s what we’ve carried over from last year to this year — is that effort in practice,” Entsminger said. “But this year we’ve got better talent than last year, I think in certain areas that’s going to help us out a lot. We just have to make the most of it, and our team chemistry is better than last year and last year’s we were really close, too. WARRIORS, 27 2013 WARRIORS • Coach: Bill Hall (11th year, 83-30) • Offense/Defense: Pro, multiple/4-3 • Key returnees: QB/DB Reid Entsminger, RB/LB George Aston, WR Adam Whitacre, OL Dante Tibbs, OL Matt Lowery, OL Madison Edmunds, LB Joe Daley, LB Daniel Eppard, DB Isaiah Williams, DB Josh Ojo, DL Tyler Hamilton • Key losses: RB Taylor Loudan, OL Adam Nordling, DL Chris Smith, Hunter Clarke, DB John Bentley, LB Tyler Clowser Rich Cooley/Daily file Sherando quarterback Josh Ojo is tackled by a pair of Skyline Hawks during a game last season in Stephens City. Classic Transit (540) 869-1868 Import & Sports Car Service & Sales 4897 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655 233408 (800) 822-1868 Search for us at www.getauto.com The Northern Virginia Daily SHERANDO WARRIORS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 25 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 30 Musselman (W.Va.), 7 p.m. Oct. 4 Sept. 6 Martinsburg (W.Va.), 7 p.m. Oct. 11 Nov. 1 Sept. 13 at Washington (W.Va.), 7 p.m. Oct. 18 Sept. 20 Kettle Run, 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Jefferson (W.Va.), 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Liberty, 7 p.m. at James Wood, 7 p.m. Handley, 7 p.m. at Skyline, 7 p.m. Millbrook, 7 p.m. Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 2012 RESULTS (6-5, 3-1 NORTHWESTERN) lost to Martinsburg (W.Va.), 38-0 Oct. 5 lost to Musselman (W.Va.), 21-19 Oct. 13 Oct. 19 beat Washington (W.Va.), 41-7 Oct. 26 lost to Loudoun County, 29-0 Nov. 2 beat Jefferson (W.Va.), 50-7 Nov. 9 beat James Wood, 50-14 beat Handley, 21-0 beat Liberty, 14-6 lost to Skyline, 28-21 beat Millbrook, 33-14 lost to Liberty, 27-10 239603 26 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 SHERANDO WARRIORS The Northern Virginia Daily Sherando’s Aston all business on field By Tommy Keeler Jr. STEPHENS CITY —George Aston loves everything about his favorite football player, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu. Aston loves the way he plays the game, plays with intensity and passion. “The way he plays — that’s the way everybody should play,” Aston said of Polamalu. “Just go out there, don’t care about anything, don’t think, just go out there and do it.” Aston knows a lot about playing that way, since it’s also the way he plays the game. The Sherando senior running back/linebacker is all business on the field, and the Warriors have benefited greatly from it. “George is one of those guys where he leads by example,” Sherando coach Bill Hall said. “It’s not that he’s not a vocal leader as he’s gotten older, but he models the way you’re supposed to play football. His mentality, the way he prepares for a game. The way he plays in practice, the way he plays in a game. The way he prepares in the offseason, the way he eats, what he drinks, what he runs. “Everything he does is done towards being successful on the football field.” Hall said that when Aston was a freshman he weighed 160 pounds, but by the time he came back as a sophomore he had put on 35 pounds of muscle. when starting tailback Taylor Loudan moved to quarterback to replace an injured Reid Entsminger. Aston finished with 412 yards on 89 carries and had nine touchdowns. “I like to play running back,” Aston said. “It’s kind of linebacker, you get to run over people.” With Loudan graduated, Aston knows he will be called on to be a big part of the running game once again this season. “He’s a really good running back,” Hall said. “He has good vision, and he runs with a purpose. I wish I could get him 40 reps at tailback and 60 reps at linebacker, but we try to give him some breaks on offense. Game situations will dictate that for us.” The Warriors didn’t have quite the season they were looking for last year. Sherando finished with a 6-5 record, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Liberty. Injuries played a big part in Sherando’s struggles, and Aston said the team will be very motivated to do better this season. “To end up 6-5 just seems unacceptable,” Aston said. “Our tradition here is great, but [the seniors] also want to leave something else that no other team has left behind. No matter what happens, we just want to leave a mark on the program.” Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or email@example.com Rich Cooley/Daily Sherando’s George Aston is expected be the leader of the defense again this year. Last year he led the team in tackles with 136 tackles. al components, the hydrational components. The sacrificing, getting proper sleep. It’s all those things. We just saw a tremendous work ethic in him. He’s a very coachable athlete and then has a willingness to want to do it right.” Aston didn’t get a lot of playing time his freshman year, but he said he learned a lot from the older players. His sophomore year Aston not only started, but called the defensive plays from his linebacking position. the tackle or a big hit on every are — it’s part of his DNA single play. right now. He doesn’t know “I’ve always just loved hitting anything other than when the ball is snapped to go wide people,” Aston said. “That’s what it’s always been about, is open.” hitting people on defense. That’s what I love.” Once the ball is snapped, Hall said Aston only has one speed. He goes all out as he tries to make a big play. “It’s one of those things where the only way you can get to be like that is through practice,” Hall said. “He practices like that so when the ball is snapped your instincts kick in. That’s where his instincts Aston had 136 tackles last season, and one sack and one interception. While Aston said he prefers playing on defense, he doesn’t mind being on offense, too. Aston has played several positions for the Warriors the last two seasons. He’s been a tight end, a fullback and a tailback. Last year he became an even bigger part of Sherando’s running game “One of the most physically mature kids I’ve ever worked with,” Hall said. “It’s not just Aston said he loves playing going and lifting all the time. It is the food, all the nutrition- defense and trying to make The Northern Virginia Daily SHERANDO WARRIORS is you label them as starters.” No. 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 14 17 20 22 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 35 36 38 40 44 45 47 48 49 50 53 54 55 58 60 61 64 65 66 67 70 71 72 74 75 77 80 81 82 84 85 88 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 27 Warriors The battle at wide receiver is ongoing and Hall said they have eight different Continued from 24 players vying for the spots. Junior “This year I think our team’s a lot bet- Adam Whitacre is the only starter ter from a skill perspective, and effort- returning at wide receiver. wise is 100 percent like it was last year. “He was an explosive player for us,” That’s what last year’s team taught us, Hall said of Whitacre. “He had a really and that’s what we’re bringing to the good baseball season. He has a lot of table this year.” confidence, can really stretch the field. 2013 ROSTER Name Seth Smith Killian McPartland Adam Whitacre Quentin Rohrbaugh Isaiah Williams Reid Entsminger Josh Ojo George Aston Matt VanShufflin Donovan Walton Donte Neath Chris Morgan Rhett Morris Branden Litten Zach Wagner Tyler Jones Allen Wittreich John Doleman Tim Coleman Daniel Eppard George Turner Patrick Minteer LeeQuan Johnson Jr. Joe Daley Tyler Tinsman Garrett Poole Chris Wilkins Logan Smith Tyler Moquin Seth Wagner Madison Edmunds Dante Tibbs Sean Markland Luke Melnikoff Juan Chavez Adam Holthaus Ben Avery Ryan Lambert Matthew Dansbach Robert Wittreich Kyle Warren Noah Trenary Matt Sayen Christian Farris Matt Lowery Cody Monday Tyler Hamilton Travis Ferraro Brogan McPartland Josh Dolsen Dylan Rivers Height 6-2 6-1 6-2 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-11 6-0 5-10 6-0 5-6 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-6 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-9 5-10 5-11 6-1 5-10 5-9 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-10 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-10 6-2 5-11 5-11 6-2 6-0 5-11 6-0 5-10 6-3 6-2 6-3 Weight 180 185 170 180 165 200 160 230 185 160 145 205 185 165 165 145 165 195 160 230 155 185 190 205 200 180 240 160 230 220 220 250 185 155 280 190 230 245 240 195 225 175 280 310 260 160 245 155 235 195 190 Pos. WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB QB/DB QB/DB RB/LB RB/DL WR/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB K WR/DB RB/LB WR/DL RB/LB WR/DB QB/DB RB/LB RB/LB TE/LB RB/DB DL WR/DB OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL K OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB TE/DL WR/DB TE/DL TE/DL WR/LB Year Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Fr. He has good speed, has good ball skills.” The program is used to winning and coach Bill Hall said he was very pleased Senior Tyler Hamilton returns at tight with the offseason his team had. end, and Brogan McPartland could also see some playing time there. Entsminger, a senior, will be back to lead the Warriors on both offense and The defense should once again be solid defense. for the Warriors. While they will certainly miss defensive end Chris Smith, The Warriors’ running game has 6-foot-3, 240-pound Brogan McPartland always been strong and should be should help fill that void. again this year. Hamilton will also be back at defenSherando lost tailback Taylor Loudan sive end, while Hall said the battle for to graduation, but George Aston, who the interior defensive line spots is still saw plenty of time in the backfield, will ongoing. be back. One spot that the Warriors feel really good about is linebacker. Senior linebacker George Aston has led the team in tackles in back-to-back seasons. Senior Joe Daley returns at linebacker, and senior Daniel Eppard saw plenty of time there last year as well. The defensive backfield will also be strength for the Warriors. Entsminger, Rhett Morris, Williams and Josh Ojo all started some last year. Whitacre also saw playing time and will help give them depth at the position. Hall said junior Leequan Johnson is up from the JV team and Killian McPartland and Isaiah Williams will all see playing time in the backfield along with Daniel Eppard at fullback. McPartland and his brother, Brogan, transferred from Handley. The Warriors return three starters on the offensive line — Matt Lowery, Dante Tibbs and Madison Edmunds — all seniors. They will be joined by senior Seth Wagner and Christian Farris, a junior. “Christian Farris played last year some and Seth Wagner played last year Hall said he likes what he’s seen of his team so far. some,” Hall said. “They’ve been in the heat of the battle, so the only difference “I think they’ve laid the foundation so you can be successful,” he said. “They’ve 2012 STATS put that work in. I think one of the characteristics of this team is they’re a • Record: 6-5 (3-1 Northwestern) hard-working group, which if you’re • Passing leader: Reid Entsminger (40 going to have a characteristic that’s a for 78, for 672 yards, 9 touchdowns, 5 good one to have. They’re a tight-knit interceptions) group. I think they care about each • Rushing leader: Taylor Loudan (222 other, and we’re in that process now of carries for 1,550 yards, 10 touchdowns) making sure that we’re all accountable • Receiving leader: Taylor Loudan (14 to each other. To make sure that we all receptions for 175 yards, 1 touchdown) meet our standard of performance.” • Total tackles: George Aston (136) • Sacks: Chris Smith (11.5) • Interceptions: Josh Ojo (3) Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or firstname.lastname@example.org 28 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 SKYLINE HAWKS The Northern Virginia Daily Hawks prepared to reload after stellar year By Jeff Nations FRONT ROYAL — Last season, the Skyline Hawks enjoyed unquestionably their best football season ever under coach Heath Gilbert. The Hawks piled up a 10-2 record which included a perfect 4-0 mark against Northwestern District rivals to claim the district title, then picked up a Group AA playoff victory before eventually falling in a rematch against Kettle Run in the second round of the Division 3 playoffs. Skyline had plenty of momentum last year. Now the trick is to sustain it despite the loss of several key contributors to last season’s success. So far, Gilbert has liked what he’s seen from his squad. “What’s been great is with the offseason rules, the last couple years we’ve been able to practice out of season,” Gilbert said. “So once our spring cycle started, we were practicing once a week on Wednesdays, which has been really good for the kids. I’ve had a great turnout, with my coaches being able to help and support, so we’ve actually been able to get some HAWKS, 31 2013 HAWKS • Coach: Heath Gilbert (seventh year, 32-31) • Offense/Defense: Multiple-I/4-4 • Key returnees: QB/DB Jerrius Baltimore, WR/DB Marcus Turner, K/P Evan Pavlicek, FB/LB Gerren Butler, OL/DL Travis Siever, OL/DL Ronnie Clifton • Key losses: QB/DB Aaron Jeremiah, TE/LB Zack Blair, TE/DL Nick Helmick, RB/DB Dayvon Haight, FB/DL Chris Grady, OL/LB Anthony Meador Rich Cooley/Daily file Skyline head coach Heath Gilbert yells at the sidelines during a timeout during last season’s game against Sherando in Stephens City. 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Royal Avenue • 113 South Street Skyline Hawks 540-635-7133 • www.frontroyalfcu.org 240353 Federally insured to at least $250,000 by NCUA 30 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 SKYLINE HAWKS The Northern Virginia Daily Turner a dangerous playmaker for Hawks By Jeff Nations 43-yard interception return against Brentsville. FRONT ROYAL — Skyline’s Despite those standout Marcus Turner certainly set plays, Turner considers his a high bar for himself last game against Kettle Run — season. the first of two — to be his As a junior, Turner was best of the season last year. shifted from his free safety In that game, Turner tallied spot to outside linebacker four tackles for loss among before the second game of the his 14 total stops. season as the Hawks looked Turner handled the shift to to get another quick, athletic linebacker without any player close to the line of issues, but he’s not unhappy scrimmage. Turner did the to get back into the secondjob just fine, and still found a ary this season. bit of time to moonlight as a “It’s easier to break on the ball hawker. He picked off ball and you can see the two passes. What’s more, he whole field,” Turner said. “At returned them both for linebacker, the ball’s just touchdowns. there before you know it. At Now back at his old free free safety, you’ve got time to safety spot with even more of look and see where the ball’s a emphasis on his pass at and then go up and make defense abilities, Turner is a play.” being counted on to provide The 6-foot-2, 185-pound seneven more big plays for ior has just as much potenSkyline this season. Despite tial on the offensive side. A his track record of returning returning starter at wide picks for touchdowns, no one receiver, Turner tallied 15 is expecting Turner to score every time he nabs an errant receptions for 199 yards and a pair of touchdowns last pass. That doesn’t mean he year. His biggest play to date won’t attempt it, though. on offense came during his “I’m going to try,” Turner sophomore season, as he said. “If I get one, I’m going hauled in a 41-yard touchto try to run it as far as I down pass. can.” Skyline coach Heath Gilbert Last season as predomiis expecting to see many nantly an outside linebacker, Turner garnered second-team more of those types of plays from Turner on offense this all-Northwestern District honors after totaling 46 tack- year, as the Hawks will look to him as a go-to receiver. les (seven for losses), plus “We’re going to ask him to work the middle of the field and get vertical,” Gilbert said. “He’s going to do all those things.” Turner likes making the highlight reel plays — who doesn’t? — but he’s not averse to getting his jersey muddy performing the less glamorous aspects of the job as a receiver. “I’ll block, and I can catch the ball,” Turner said. “I try to catch everything they throw to me and give my best effort doing everything, whether it’s blocking or catching the ball or running routes.” Turner also plays basketball at Skyline, but said he prefers the contact football provides during the fall. His dedication to football runs beyond the daily grind of Skyline’s football practices. Turner, who took up the sport starting as an 8-yearold, spends time nearly every day helping coach his younger brother, 8-year-old Zack Diggs, improve on the football field. Turner serves as a coach on Zack’s midgetlevel football team, putting in two hours a day after practice on most weekdays. “I’ve got to make him better,” Turner said. As for his own game, Turner is always working to get better and be ready to make the most of his opportunities for the Hawks. “Wherever they put me, I try to make the play,” Turner said. Contact Sports Editor Jeff Nations at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or email@example.com Jeff Nations/Daily Skyline senior Marcus Turner flashed his big-play potential last season by returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Turner will be counted on as a threat on both sides of the ball as a starting wide receiver and defensive back for the Hawks this season. Gilbert said. “So just that development and growth, working in the offseason has benefited him. You can count on him every day. He’s going to come out and work every day. It’s great to have.” With top pass catchers Kylmen Breeden, Nick Helmick and Dayvon Haight all gone to graduation, Turner is counted on to be a threat all over the field for Skyline this season. Gilbert said Turner has been putting in the work on the practice field and in the weight room to ensure that happens this year. As a senior, Turner has exemplified three pass deflections, a fum- “It was tough luck last year,” the work ethic Gilbert is tryGilbert said. “Every time we ble recovery and those two ing to foster roster-wide this tried to target him or find pick sixes on his intercepyear. Turner is 10 pounds tions. Neither was a cheapie something for him, it was a penalty a lot of times or just heavier this season, and — the first was a 45-yarder Gilbert thinks he’s every bit on the road against Fauquier a slight overthrow. Hopefully in the Hawks’ second game of we can get on track with him as explosive as ever. “Physically, he’s 6-2, 185 much better. I expect him to the season. A week later, pounds, he runs really well,” Turner was at it again with a have a breakout year.” The Northern Virginia Daily SKYLINE HAWKS 2012 STATS • Record: (10-2, 4-0 Northwestern) • Passing leader: Aaron Jeremiah (55 for 104, 827 yards, 8 touchdowns, 5 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Dayvon Haight (76 carries for 877 yards, 10 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Kylmen Breeden (20 catches for 207 yards, 3 touchdowns) • Total tackles: Zack Blair (111) • Sacks: Nick Helmick (6.5) • Interceptions: Zack Blair (3) No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 33 34 35 40 43 45 46 47 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 59 62 63 64 66 68 69 71 72 74 77 80 81 82 84 88 89 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 31 Hawks Continued from 28 2013 ROSTER Name Jerrius Baltimore Will Spencer Kishan Shah Hunter Partlowe Corvon Thomas Darryl Jordan Marcus Turner Dustin Weir Tyrone Thomas-Hollman Evan Pavlicek T.J. Massie James Clatterbuck Malik Dearing Corban Ruch Alex Shaffer Dylan Hamman Zach McFall Brandon Walters Hkeon Hackley Brandon Dodson Jamal Parker Deshaun Holloman Josh Smeltzer Thomas Martin Jay Roy Ryan Abel Gerren Butler Bern Oliveira Jon Overstreet Robbie Oates Joey Norman Keith Sanker Patrick Martin Hunter Smedley Izaih Hogan Jacob Carson Joey Hugo Jonathan Grigsby Nick Lehew Josh Hupman Casey Cook Travis Siever Adam Mellott Justin Hayes John Walters Gustavo Solis Bradley Carson Zack Atkins Jacob Short Austin Scott David Heisler Joe Pingley Ocean Graham Josh Ortiz Dontreal Arrington Chase Clatterbuck Hunter Layman Ronnie Clifton Chandler Heard Gabe Tackett Ryan Page David Currie Antwan Swain Brandon Wells Ht. 5-9 5-5 5-3 5-7 5-10 5-10 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-8 5-6 5-11 5-5 6-0 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-3 6-0 5-5 5-10 5-9 6-1 5-7 5-8 6-3 6-2 6-0 5-11 5-7 5-10 5-6 5-6 5-10 5-8 5-7 5-7 5-8 6-3 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-6 5-11 5-9 5-10 6-2 5-11 5-10 6-3 5-5 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-8 6-3 5-9 5-7 6-0 5-11 6-2 5-10 Wt. 194 125 116 150 208 200 185 173 165 130 145 170 155 155 176 145 180 197 175 130 148 140 150 138 150 195 255 190 180 180 180 189 124 170 142 140 147 202 170 195 230 275 205 240 152 215 175 200 210 228 180 265 189 245 287 210 220 250 199 145 163 149 202 155 Pos. QB/DB WR/DB K/P RB/DB TE/LB FB/LB WR/DB K/P WR/DB K/P RB/DB WR/DB RB/LB QB/DB TE/LB QB/DB QB/DB TE/DE WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TE/DL FB/LB FB/LB FB/DL FB/DL FB/LB FB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB TE/LB TE/LB OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL K/P WR/DB TE/DL WR/DB TE/DL WR/DB Year Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. So. So. Sr. So. So. So. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Sr. So. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. So. So. So. Sr. So. So. individual time with those guys to prepare them for this upcoming season.” Gilbert said Skyline established a football booster club for the first time for this season, and participation during offseason practices, for the weight program and during seven-on-seven tournaments was the best-ever for the school. “We’ve had a good offseason,” Gilbert said. “It’s not where I want it to be, of course — we had 103 come out, and we averaged in the 50s for the offseason program. I want that number to be 80, 90, so it’s not where I want it to be but it’s definitely a step forward in the right direction.” On offense, the Hawks return only four starters from last season’s highpowered group. Gone is veteran starting quarterback Aaron Jeremiah, top running back Dayvon Haight, tight end Nick Helmick and top wideout Kylmen Breeden — each a first-team allNorthwestern pick last season. In their place, Gilbert has a collection of some players with starting experience, a newcomer with real promise, and former backups making the transition to starting roles. Running the offense at quarterback this season will likely be sophomore Corban Ruch, a transfer from Indiana. Although he has no varsity experience, Gilbert is confident Ruch can step into a starting role for the Hawks this season and lead their Pistol offense. “Everything he’s shown us so far is that he’s going to be very capable,” Gilbert said. “He has his own skill-set that we’re very impressed with. We’re in a good situation with our quarterbacks.” district pick as a running back after totaling 271 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries. “Jerrius can do so many things for us,” Gilbert said. “He can run it, he can catch it, he can throw it. We’re going to utilize him in all of those phases of the game.” Baltimore will see plenty of touches as a runner, but Skyline also has solid options in junior Hunter Partlowe and bruising fullback Gerren Butler (6-foot2, 255 pounds) along with fellow fullback Darryl Jordan. “We don’t have a lot of depth there,” Gilbert said. “It’s been different, but we have a quality guy in Hunter Partlowe. He’ll be our main guy. Jerrius will obviously be able to make that running back situation even better, and a big kid like Gerren Butler will get plenty of touches.” Butler has the potential to add a new element to Skyline’s ground attack. “He’s dialed himself in, become more committed to the program, and I think it’s shown,” Gilbert said. “We’re looking for him to have a huge impact. He’s a huge kid.” Senior Marcus Turner (15 receptions for 199 yards, 2 TDs) headlines a relatively new group of receivers. Jamal Parker, James Clatterbuck, Jay Roy and Will Spencer are also expected to contribute as receivers. Gilbert can say that with some confidence, knowing he has another strong option for the role in junior Jerrius Baltimore. Last season, Baltimore put Turner offers the best big-play potenin significant time as a predominantly tial among the wideouts, both as a verrunning quarterback for the Hawks. He tical threat and working on the inside. did complete 4 of 7 passes for 79 yards, “We’re going to be leaning on Marcus but was most dangerous running the ball. Baltimore was a second-team allHAWKS, 78 32 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 STONEWALL JACKSON GENERALS The Northern Virginia Daily Generals break out new offense for season By Brad Fauber QUICKSBURG — The 2012 football season was a tremendous letdown for Stonewall Jackson, as the Generals struggled to a 2-8 season after making the playoffs the year before. Stonewall Jackson, which felt the sting of its general lack of physical size and roster depth last season, finds itself in a similar position again this year as it heads into the 2013 campaign with just 29 players on the roster. That has prompted longtime Generals head coach Dick Krol to make some changes to his team’s offense as he attempts to find ways to make Stonewall Jackson more competitive this year. The Generals, who had ran the power-I on offense for a majority of GENERALS, 35 2013 GENERALS • Coach: Dick Krol (27th year, 140-136) • Offense/Defense: Flexbone, 5-2 • Key returnees: QB/DB Daniel Buhl, WR/DL Patrick Kerlin, OL/DL Michael McCampbell, RB/LB Derrick Smith, OL/DL Philip Stauffer • Key losses: RB/LB Jared Getz, QB Jacob Armell, RB/LB Anthony Peacher, WR/DB/K Juan Luna, RB/LB Devon Martin Rich Cooley/Daily file Stonewall’s Derrick Smith runs for a touchdown during last season action against Central in Quicksburg. The Northern Virginia Daily STONEWALL JACKSON GENERALS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 33 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 30 Strasburg, 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Central, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 Clarke County Sept. 27 at Stuarts Draft Oct. 4 Wilson Memorial Oct. 11 at East Rockingham Oct. 18 Buffalo Gap Oct. 25 at Riverheads Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Luray at Page County 2012 RESULTS (2-8, 2-5 SHENANDOAH DISTRICT) Aug. 24 Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 lost to Strasburg, 40-21 lost to Central, 36-24 lost to Clarke County, 35-7 lost to East Rockingham, 28-16 lost to Buffalo Gap, 20-7 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov. 2 lost to Riverheads, 49-21 beat Luray, 21-9 beat Page County, 15-12 lost to Stuarts Draft, 34-14 lost to Wilson Memorial, 42-14 336 South Main Street Woodstock, VA 22664 GO GENERALS 244351 (540) 459-9650 www.JohnstonRhodesRealEstate.com To view area listings, visit Malinda at www.HomesInShenandoahValley.com Malinda Kincaid Johnston Associate Broker SJHS Alumna (540) 325-2524 C 34 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 STONEWALL JACKSON GENERALS The Northern Virginia Daily Stonewall’s Buhl hoping for better luck at QB By Brad Fauber QUICKSBURG — Everything pointed to Daniel Buhl taking over at quarterback last season for Stonewall Jackson, as Buhl, then a junior, entered the 2012 season as the favorite to take over the spot that was left vacant with the graduation of John-Michael Pirtle. However, during the Generals’ first week of practice in 2012, Buhl went down with a broken fibula and was forced to miss nearly the entirety of his junior season of high school football. Buhl was limited to just three games last season, and he could do nothing but watch for most of the year as his teammates struggled to a 2-8 campaign. “Last season was a little bit of a letdown. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to play, but it’s a part of football. Injuries happen,” said Buhl, who threw for 113 yards and a touchdown last season in limited action. “This year I’m back with a new mindset, I’m ready to go, and hopefully I won’t get hurt this year.” Buhl once again enters this season as the top quarterback on the Generals’ Rich Cooley/Daily depth chart, and as a senior, he is more Stonewall Jackson senior Daniel Buhl is looking forward to a full season as the Generals’ starting quarterback in 2013. than ready to step in and be the leader of a team that will undoubtedly rely on important as ever for the Generals this play a big role on the defensive side of Strasburg on Aug. 30, and he doesn’t its seniors for guidance and motivation. season, as Stonewall Jackson is switch- the ball. think the team is too concerned about ing from the power-I to the optionStonewall Jackson’s offense lost some Krol said the 6-foot-3, 190-pound sen- the lack of experience that Stonewall heavy flexbone formation this season. major pieces from last season, includior will start in the defensive secondary will have to deal with through the early ing its top three leading rushers in this year, where he will be in charge of part of the season. Longtime Generals head coach Dick Jared Getz, Jacob Armell and Anthony Peacher, who combined to rush for over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns a season ago. Buhl, a self-proclaimed leader by example, will be relied upon to orchestrate a Stonewall offense that will be introducing plenty of new faces this year. “I like it, because they look up to me. It’s a good feeling because I just go out there and work hard and I’ll just lead by example,” Buhl said. “If they’re working as hard as I am then we’re going to be in good shape to play.” Buhl’s role as quarterback will be as making sure everyone is in the proper Krol said he feels comfortable making position, which is something that Krol the transition on offense with Buhl under center because of the intelligence said Buhl excels at. that he brings to the position. “I think [offensive coordinator Patrick Smoot] would love for me to say that “He’s not the greatest athlete in the Buhl can’t play defense to keep him world, but he overcomes that with his safe for offense, but we can’t do that,” intelligence, which is what we need at quarterback in this particular offense,” Krol said. “If we have a kid who is an Krol said. “And he’s doing a great job. If athlete — especially an intelligent athlete that can keep everybody choreowe have to depend on somebody, he would be the one that we would depend graphed as to what we need — we can’t have him on the sideline.” on and expect it to work.” Buhl said he is eager to get out on the Due to the lack of depth on the roster this season (Stonewall Jackson has just field when the Generals open the season at home against county rival 29 players), Buhl will also be asked to “We’re just going to have to go out there and give it our best effort. If we’re doing the little things right, hopefully the big things — winning and stuff like that — will come easy,” Buhl said. “We faced adversity a lot last year, and we’re going to continue to do that. We were kind of young and inexperienced [last year]. We just need to get out there and face it. We have a lot of good senior leaders this year and hopefully they’ll lead us in the right direction.” Contact sports writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org The Northern Virginia Daily STONEWALL JACKSON GENERALS 2012 STATS • Record: 2-8, 2-5 Shenandoah • Passing leader: Jacob Armell (7 for 25, 126 yards, 0 touchdowns, 3 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Jared Getz (111 carries for 593 yards, 9 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Patrick Kerlin (4 catches for 64 yards) • Total tackles: Jared Getz (168) • Sacks: N/A • Interceptions: Jacob Armell (2) FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 35 Generals Continued from 32 sive and defensive lines. Defensively, Smith (76 tackles) is the returning leading tackler from last season, and Buhl provides a leadership presence at safety. Senior tight end/defensive end Patrick Kerlin has been battling a medical condition, according to Krol, and had yet to be cleared for football activities as of Aug. 12. Donald Fox III is currently the front-runner to handle the kicking and punting duties after the departure of former all-state punter Juan Luna. Although Stonewall Jackson faces some uncertainty heading into the 2013 season, the Generals hope to learn from last season and avoid a similar fate. Stauffer said the biggest focus for the Generals will be on becoming more consistent. “We would go out there and we would hit hard and we’d do everything right the first half. Then the second half we would get a little tired. That’s something that we really need to work on, is being consistent the entire game and going out and doing what we can the entire time,” Stauffer said. “We need to come out and win the games that we should and play the way that we should.” Contact sports writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or email@example.com Krol’s 27 seasons at Stonewall Jackson, will be making the switch to the flexbone, an option offense similar to that which is run by college teams such as Georgia Tech and Navy. Krol said the flexbone allows the Generals to rely more on technique than physical size, something that Stonewall Jackson hasn’t had in recent years. “It comes down to, for all intent and purposes, we ran a power-I. And that’s a really physical type of offense, and we’re just not big enough to be a totally physical team,” Krol said. “We’re going to try [the flexbone], and the kids have done pretty well. We’ve been running the same offense now basically for 20 years, and sometimes you get into a rut where the kids think they know it all because they’ve run it for four or five years. Now they’ve got to think a little bit and hopefully it will come out and help us out a little bit. “Having run the power-I, if we make a mistake, I know how to correct it. But now with the flexbone, if we make a mistake, I’m not sure I know how to correct it.” How exactly the flexbone will play out for the Generals isn’t the only question mark that Stonewall Jackson faces on offense this season. The Generals must find a way to replace the offensive production of Jared Getz, Jacob Armell and Anthony Peacher, Stonewall’s top three leading rushers a year ago. The trio combined to rush for 1,329 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. 2013 ROSTER No. 1 4 7 15 16 21 22 24 28 29 31 32 33 40 50 52 54 55 58 65 69 72 75 77 78 80 81 Name Michael Knauff Nathan Jones Daniel Buhl Nathan Miller Matthew Murphy Rasohn Stafford Donald Fox III Dakota Downey Hunter Smootz Derrick Smith Ryan Harriman Joseph McCabe Ryan Summers Kyle Cowart Arthur Leap Alex Gallegos-Dinges Michael McCampbell Cody Baker Graciel Tapia Phillip Mallow Philip Stauffer Johan Mendez Carrillo Jacob Good Trent Lawrence Jacob Helsley Patrick Kerlin Dyllen Handel Position WR WR QB QB RB RB RB WR RB RB WR RB RB WR T T G G T G C T T C T WR WR Ht. 5-11 6-3 6-3 6-0 5-9 5-8 5-10 5-6 6-1 5-9 6-0 5-10 5-8 6-2 6-2 6-0 5-8 5-10 5-9 6-1 5-7 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-2 5-10 5-8 Wt. 134 161 190 150 177 154 197 133 187 176 150 177 141 150 209 258 165 215 251 180 147 241 176 228 285 169 148 Year So. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Fr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Junior Derrick Smith (184 yards, “It’s the future. We’re not getting two touchdowns) is the only returnany bigger, we’re not going to get any ing running back with significant more people out than what we’ve varsity experience and he figures to been getting, so we better look for be the primary ball carrier for the something that is going to help us Generals this season. Senior Hunter out.” Smootz and freshman Ryan Summers will join Smith in the backA heavy reliance on the running field, among others. game will be nothing new to Stonewall Jackson (the Generals “They all kind of stand out in a difattempted fewer than 50 passes as a ferent way,” said senior Daniel Buhl, team last season), but Krol said he is who will start at quarterback for the concerned about the lack of familiari- Generals after missing most of last ty of his coaching staff with the new season with a broken leg. “They all offensive scheme. work hard, they all have good chemKrol said the switch to the flexbone formation was proposed by offensive coordinator Patrick Smoot, who knows several coaches who run the flexbone offense, but the scheme is largely unknown to Krol and his staff. “With me, the biggest thing is can we correct mistakes?” Krol said. istry, they’re all doing the best that they can. We’ll just take it slow and they’ll learn what they need to do.” Many positions have yet to be fleshed out for the Generals, but seniors Philip Stauffer and Johan Mendez Carrillo, as well as 6-foot-2, 285-pound Central transfer Jacob Helsley could see time on the offen- 36 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 STRASBURG RAMS The Northern Virginia Daily Rams have questions to answer on offense “I think what we lost is definitely going to be hard to replace, but at the same time I think coming into the season we’ve got a STRASBURG — Strasburg head coach couple young backs, and I think that they Mark Roller heads into the 2013 high school football season tasked with answer- can handle the duties there,” Roller said. “Instead of us being able to break one for a ing a question that hasn’t needed to be long run like we did last year, I think this asked over the past several seasons — year it’s going to be four or five yards and who is going to carry the load at running a cloud of dust. We’ll break a few, but cerback for the Rams? tainly I don’t think we expect anything Roller and the Rams previously had the like we had last year.” luxury of having a handful of qualified Strasburg — which went 10-2 last season candidates in the backfield, headlined by and advanced to the second round of the all-state running back Rakwon White. playoffs — averaged 384.1 yards per game Those days are now gone. last season while racking up an area-high Strasburg’s top four leading rushers from 3,692 total yards on the ground in 2012. In last season were lost to graduation — addition to the loss of White’s impressive including White, who rushed for 2,467 output, the Rams will also be missing the yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012 — leav- ground production of quarterback Troy Gordon (640 yards, 12 touchdowns), fulling Strasburg with a gaping void in back Darius Lozado (303 yards, four arguably the most important position in touchdowns) and running back Todd Dean its run-heavy Pro-I offense. (157 yards, three touchdowns). By Brad Fauber 2013 RAMS • Coach: Mark Roller (sixth year, 25-29) • Offense/Defense: Pro-I, 4-4 • Key returnees: TE/LB Jonathan Kloosterman, OL/DL Trenton Davis, WR/DB Colt Cowgill, TE/DL Ryan Smoot, OL/DL Joe Giallonardo, WR/DB Matt Clutter • Key losses: RB/LB Rakwon White, QB/DB Troy Gordon, FB/LB Darius Lozado, RB/LB Todd Dean, WR/DB Shawn Owens, OL/LB Cody Miller, WR/DB Tommy Caison Roller said that senior Michael Conley and junior Colton Funk figure to see a bulk of the carries this season out of the running back position, but neither offers Strasburg much in the way of varsity experience. Both Conley and Funk battled injuries last season and saw very limited action. “Unless one stands out more than the other, we’ll probably go running back by RAMS, 39 Rich Cooley/Daily file Central’s Jordan Umstead is held up by Strasburg’s Joe Giallonardo during a game last season in Woodstock. onda 3985 Valley Pike, Winchester, Virginia (Across form the DMV) • Miller-Honda.com • (540) 869-5000 239618 The Northern Virginia Daily STRASBURG RAMS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 37 2013 SCHEDULE Aug. 30 at Stonewall Jackson, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 George Mason, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Sept. 6 East Rockingham, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 Nov. 1 at Manassas Park, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 Sept. 7 Sept. 14 2012 RESULTS (10-2, 5-1 BULL RUN) beat Stonewall Jackson, 40-21 beat Page County, 41-7 beat Luray, 47-10 beat Clarke County, 20-13 beat William Monroe, 61-40 Oct. 5 Oct. 19 Nov. 2 Nov. 10 Nov. 16 beat George Mason, 38-20 beat Manassas Park, 35-34 beat Madison County, 35-19 lost to Central, 25-20 beat Nottoway, 35-14 lost to Central, 25-22 beat Washington (W.Va.), 29-14 Oct. 12 Sept. 20 at James Wood, 7 p.m. Sept. 27 Clarke County, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 Oct. 25 Madison County, 7:30 p.m. at William Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Warren County, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 Central, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 THE CRAWFORD INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. www.crawfordinsuranceonline.com Hank Dean 257-1 E. King Street, Strasburg, Virginia â€˘ Phone 465-3772 236115 38 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 STRASBURG RAMS The Northern Virginia Daily Strasburg’s Kloosterman aims for big year By Brad Fauber STRASBURG — Strasburg lost nearly all of its offensive production from last year to graduation, and as the Rams head into the 2013 high school football season, it is as important as ever for Strasburg to get the ball into the hands of its playmakers. With little varsity experience returning for the Rams at many of the skill positions on offense, senior Jonathan Kloosterman — the team’s returning offensive leader with 299 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season as a tight end — figures to have a more prominent role in the Rams’ pro-I offense this season. “We’re going to try to get a lot out of him,” Rams coach Mark Roller said before practice on Aug. 12. “We’re going to move him around on offense and move him around on defense. We’re going to try to get the ball to Jonathan as much as we can.” Strasburg’s offense compiled nearly 3,700 yards rushing in 12 games last season, but the Rams lost their top four leading rushers to graduation, including all-state running back Rakwon White, who ran for 2,467 yards and 27 touchdowns a year ago. Senior Michael Conley and junior Rich Cooley/Daily Colton Funk are in line to fill the void Strasburg senior tight end/linebacker Jonathan Kloosterman will be looked at running back, but neither has seen upon as a playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Rams this season. much action at the varsity level. guys do back there, especially at our Kloosterman said he’s eager to be the ure in Strasburg’s offense during his final high school season, and he has fullback position because we’ve got go-to guy in the offense this season, personally approached Roller about some new guys there. We’re just going especially early on as Conley and playing multiple roles for the Rams to try to utilize him as best we can.” Funk get settled into their roles. this year. Even if Kloosterman doesn’t see sig“I’m hoping that I’m a big part of “I know he’s eager to have the ball in nificant playing time in the backfield, [the offense]. I want the ball in my his hands. He’s already asked me to the senior should still be a top receivhands, just to take some of the load play quarterback some, play in the ing target for first-year quarterback off the running backs,” Kloosterman wildcat, but he’s not that type of athMark Smoot. Kloosterman’s 17 catchsaid. “The running backs we have are lete yet,” Roller said. es last season led all Strasburg good, but they don’t have much game experience. So until they start getting Is there a chance Kloosterman lines receivers. that experience we need to share the up in the backfield to get some carries Kloosterman’s role with the Rams load.” this season? this season won’t be limited to the Kloosterman has made it no secret that he wants to be a prominent fig“It’s possible, I won’t rule it out,” Roller said. “It depends on how those offensive side of the ball, however. In fact, his biggest contribution last season came on defense, where he ended up being named Bull Run District Defensive Player of the Year and was a first team all-Group A, Division 2 selection at defensive end. Kloosterman led Strasburg with 96 tackles (66 solo) last season and also added two sacks for the Rams. Much like his role on offense, Kloosterman will be moved around to different positions on defense this season, and he figures to see a bulk of his playing time at middle linebacker. “It will help me get more in the open field,” Kloosterman said of the move. “I’m one-sided whenever I’m playing defensive end, so now I can move around more and that will really help out, I think.” Kloosterman said he played some linebacker in JV, but he is still getting used to the challenge of playing in the middle of the Rams’ 4-4 defense at the varsity level. He said the biggest challenge has been learning all of the defensive plays, as he will be required to call signals to his teammates on the field. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’ve still got to get down all the play calling and stuff because when I was at defensive end I didn’t have to memorize all that, I just do what I do,” Kloosterman said. “Now I’m going to have to call out the plays so I’m still working on getting that stuff down.” As far as personal goals, Kloosterman doesn’t really have any as he is simply focused on helping the team win, and he said he isn’t concerned with trying to replicate his allstate selection again this season. “I try not to think about that. That was last season and this is a new season,” Kloosterman said. “It’s all new for me — I’m at a new position, so I’m not really looking back to last year at all.” Contact sports writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or firstname.lastname@example.org The Northern Virginia Daily STRASBURG RAMS 885 yards and 13 touchdowns through the air last year. Junior Mark Smoot, who served as Gordon’s backup in 2012, will start under center this season. get away from people, but his presence, just being around the game all of his life, is going to be an asset for us.” FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 39 Rams Continued from 36 committee and see who does the best,” Roller said. “Fortunately for us we’ve got some guys back on the offensive line that saw some time last year, so that kind of gives us a good feeling going into that, because the whole backfield is going to be brand new.” The Rams also face the challenge of replacing Gordon’s arm at the quarterback position, where he accounted for No. 1 3 7 11 15 17 21 23 25 27 33 37 42 45 49 50 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 64 65 66 68 71 72 74 75 76 77 79 80 81 83 85 87 The uncertainty in Strasburg’s backfield should be aided somewhat by a fairly Smoot lacks the mobility of his predecessor, but Roller said experienced offensive line, led Smoot has the ability to stretch by senior lineman Trenton Davis and senior tight end the field with the deep ball. Jonathan Kloosterman. “Mark brings a presence of Juniors Joe Giallonardo and being around the game all of Aaron Lozado — both of whom his life and I certainly think he saw significant playing time can throw it a little bit,” Roller last season — will also help said. “He’s certainly not going anchor the offensive line. to be able to move around in Smoot will also have some the pocket like Troy was and experienced targets to throw to in Kloosterman (17 catches, 2013 ROSTER 299 yards, five touchdowns) Name Pos. Year and senior receivers Colt Austin Schlentner WR/DB So. Cowgill and Matt Clutter, Colt Cowgill WR/DB Sr. although the Rams did lose Wesley Fauver WR/DB Sr. junior Tommy Caison, who Matt Clutter WR/DB Sr. recently transferred to Central. 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Although the offensive line won’t be afforded the luxury of Gordon’s mobility if things Rich Cooley/Daily file break down this season, Davis said that isn’t a concern for the Strasburg coach Mark Roller stands along the sidelines during a game last season with Stonewall at Strasburg. Rams. “You’ve just got to block a little bit longer, it’s not much different,” Davis said. “Troy could just take a play and turn nothing into something. I think we’re confident in ourselves that we can protect Mark long enough that he can do something back there.” Defensively the Rams should be strong up front, with Kloosterman (team-high 96 tackles), Davis (50 tackles), Giallonardo and Ryan Smoot all returning to the defensive line this season, although Kloosterman — a first team all-Group A, Division 2 defensive end last year — will be moved around on defense and figures to see significant playing time at middle linebacker. iors battling for starting roles, but the secondary returns some experience with Cowgill (three interceptions) and Clutter manning two of the three defensive backfield spots. Justin Carr, who filled in at kicker when Dean was sidelined with an ankle injury last season, will handle the kicking duties this year. 2012 STATS • Record: 10-2, 5-1 Bull Run • Passing leader: Troy Gordon (38 for 86, 885 yards, 13 touchdowns, 4 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Rakwon White (261 carries for 2,467 yards, 27 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Jonathan Kloosterman (17 catches for 299 yards, 5 touchdowns) The Rams face a tough sched- • Total tackles: Jonathan ule this season, with fellow Kloosterman (96) Class 2A-East member East • Sacks: Troy Gordon (4) Rockingham and Class 4A • Interceptions: Colt Cowgill (3) James Wood listed on the nondistrict slate. that we’ll have to play and it’s something that we just have to “We’ll really see what we’re prepare for them and play our made of early on. It’s a tough best.” schedule,” Roller said. “And then of course we open up with Contact sports writer Clarke County in our district, Brad Fauber at Strasburg will be young at and it just doesn’t get any easi- 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or linebacker with a group of about five sophomores and jun- er. There are some tough teams email@example.com 40 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 FOOTBALL 2013 The Northern Virginia Daily 3951 Valley Pike, Winchester â€˘ 540- The Northern Virginia Daily FOOTBALL 2013 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 41 869-5000 • Next to Miller Honda • crosspointemotorcars.com 244479 42 FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 WARREN COUNTY WILDCATS The Northern Virginia Daily Wildcats hope game-time experience will pay off Four-year starting quarterback/ defensive back Tyler Post is gone, as is VMI signee Matt Nicholson FRONT ROYAL — The numbers are sobering, at first glance anyway. (WR/DB). All-Evergreen District picks Dimitri Hare (OL), Sasha Warren County’s football team, Harris (OL), Zane Grudzinski (TE), fresh off another Group AA, Timmy Green (RB), Jeff Budwash Division 3 playoff appearance, has precious few returning starters still (LB/RB), Chris Larsen (WR), Zack Poehler (DE) and Jacob Hill (LB) — on the roster as the Wildcats embark on a new chapter as part of all graduates from a remarkable three-year run of success. the Bull Run District. Tallent knew that day was coming, You can debate what constitutes a and he’s been preparing all along. returning starter — and Wildcats Rich Cooley/Daily file “As soon as you’re to that last coach Tony Tallent just might — game and you’re standing in front Warren County’s head coach Tony Tallent stands along the sidelines but there’s no denying Warren County lost a talented group of sen- of those kids, mentally you’re look- during a game against Fauquier last season. ing through that crowd and already iors from last year’s team. team. high energy and they roll. I think starting to assemble that. [next roswe have a good, eclectic group of “That’s a really strong turnout as ter],” Tallent said. 2013 WILDCATS compared to what we had when we kids who really like to get after it.” That strong 2013 class did provide first got here,” Tallent said. “We • Coach: Tony Tallent (sixth year, 35-39) Replacing Post could present a real a nice parting gift for the Warren really feel like these kids got some • Offense/Defense: Multiple-I/4-4 challenge. A threat to either pass or County football program — by blowplaying time last year with what we tuck it away and run, Post won the • Key returnees: WR/DB Jontae Rollins, ing out opponents with such reguwere able to do with the kids that Evergreen District Offensive Player QB/DB Austin Butler, RB/DB Demetrius larity through much of the season, left. We feel like they do have game of the Year honors last year. Senior Yates, TE/LB Joshua Owens, PK/DL the Wildcats’ senior-laden starting Blake Steele, WR/LB Eric Baker, OL/DL experience. It might not be the Austin Butler is tasked with replaclineup often soon made way for the Joshua Mallicoat beginning of the game experience, ing Post. Although he didn’t compile backups who’ve moved into their • Key losses: QB/DB Tyler Post, WR/DB but they’ve been in varsity football much in the way of offensive numspots this year. And the numbers Matthew Nicholson, LB/FB Jeff games and have seen a good bers last year, Butler did get plenty are strong, as well — Tallent said Budwash, TE/LB Jacob Hill, TE/LB Zane of time behind center in a mop-up amount of action. 116 players came out for the team Grudzinski, OL/DL Sasha Harris, WR/DB this season, and the varsity pro“ ... Our speed level and our motors role. Chris Larsen WILDCATS, 45 gram has about 60 players on the across the board — our kids are By Jeff Nations Front Royal Federal Credit Union TWO LOCATIONS TO BETTER SERVE OUR MEMBERS! Financially Strong Since 1949 230 N. 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The rising senior walks down the hallway and pauses at the school’s trophy cases, gazing at two familiar faces. One is a photo of his older brother, Joseph, a former state high jump champion at Warren County who went on to become a four-time Division III AllAmerican in track at Christopher Newport University. The other photo is of his late father, Joe “Ace” Owens, a former standout in football and track at both Warren County and later the University of Richmond. Ace Owens passed away when Joshua was just 8 years old. Joseph, his older brother by 10 years, in many ways filled in as his father. Both are Joshua Owens’ biggest heroes. “Every day,” Owens said of how often he stops to look at those displays. “I always have lifting, and every day I stop by and look at my brother’s state championship on the right side and my dad on the left side in the hall of fame. It’s just an honor to have the same name as them, to try and live up to them.” Owens enters his senior season looking to make his own mark on the football field for the Wildcats. He’s slated to start two ways for a Warren County squad with plenty of holes to fill from last season’s playoff squad. Warren County coach Tony Tallent is confident that he has two less spots to worry about when he pencils in Owens’ name at inside linebacker and tight end. “He’s the kind of kid, always a ‘Yes sir, no sir,’ kid, he’s a straight student-athlete,” Tallent said. “You always count on him in the classroom. He’s a model representative of our program in the community. He’s the kind of kid that makes you want to come to school and come to practice.” On the field, Owens filled a part-time starting role at linebacker last year. After coming through Warren County’s school system as an inside linebacker, Owens had to bounce to the outside when Jacob Hill battled injuries last year. Owens started at outside linebacker in the Wildcats’ playoff game against Kettle Run. He’ll move back to the inside this year to help solidify the Wildcats’ run defense. “We’re going to be solid this year,” Owens said. “Our defense has really stepped it up, from our line to our backers and our secondary. We got a lot of experience last year because our starters were able to shut some people out and let us get a chance to have at them.” Owens totaled 19 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense last year. On offense, he served as the field, which is hard, but I just know that he’s with me.” Owens can count on older brother Joseph to continue providing support and guidance as he gears up for one final season. “I had to look for someone like my brother to be like a male figure to look up to,” Joshua Owens said. “I’m so proud to be related to someone like my brother. He really came through for me and was the strong one.” Like his father and older brother, Joshua hopes to compete and excel in track and field at the collegiate level. Joseph Owens starred as a high jumper, while Joshua’s top event right now is the long jump. Those are plans for the future, though. Right now, Owens wants to do all he can to make sure the Wildcats have a successful debut as they move into the Bull Run District this season. “It’s exciting, just knowing that we’re going to be playing people with the same amount of kids in their school as us,” Owens said. “We’ve been the underdogs a long time.” Rich Cooley/Daily Warren County’s senior Joshua Owens will help lead the Wildcats as a linebacker and tight end. Wildcats’ second tight end in those sets, playing opposite of Zane Grudzinski. been the same feeling he’s had since he lost his father, Owens will do his part, who died from a brain Tallent knows that for ceraneurysm before ever see“I’m going to be out there tain. ing Joshua take the field for receiving a little bit, but “I try to speak up and try an organized game. we’re doing a lot of blocking to let everybody know what “Dad was always talking plays,” Owens said. “Really, about football,” Owens said. they need to do, be a it’s both — it’s going to be “Him and my brother really leader,” Owens said. pretty equal this year.” Contact Sports Editor wanted me to play midget No matter where he plays, and ever since then I’ve Jeff Nations at Owens is just glad to be out loved football. My dad never 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or on the football field. It’s got to see me get out on the firstname.lastname@example.org The Northern Virginia Daily WARREN COUNTY WILDCATS type of athlete that we expect to be our quarterback,” Tallent said. “He’s been chomping at the bit, ready to go for years.” Seniors Demetrius Yates and Kristian Deal saw some time in the backfield last season, and move into fulltime roles at running back this season. “Both those guys are tested backs who’ve had some carries,” said Tallent, who added Josh Newman to that list of running backs. “He’s put in a lot of good, quality time and has done a real nice job with that group,” Tallent said. Joining Mallicoat on the line could be Jeff Brinson, Connor McMackin, Zach Moon and Cody Smith. • Record: 8-3, 3-1 Evergreen FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013 45 Wildcats Continued from 42 2012 STATS • Passing leader: Tyler Post (90 for 171, 1,428 yards, 16 touchdowns, 11 interceptions) • Rushing leader: Timmy Green (161 carries, 904 yards, 11 touchdowns) • Receiving leader: Chris Larsen (30 catches, 638 yards, 5 touchdowns) • Total tackles: Jeff Budwash (80) • Sacks: Glen Pinard (4.5) • Interceptions: Tyler Post (5) “Austin has really worked hard to be the quarterback — the type of person and the 2013 ROSTER No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 20 21 22 23 24 25 30 31 32 32 35 35 36 40 41 42 43 44 45 50 51 52 53 54 55 62 63 65 71 74 78 79 80 84 86 86 88 Name Robert Rutherford Tristan Ward Jontae Rollins Eric Baker Austin Butler Josh Breeden Brian Croson Alex Atwood Wesley Childress Drake Cramer C.J. Sharp Troy Turner Nathaniel Hess Richie Yatsko Michael Shirkey Demetrus Yates Kris Deal Lemuel Crisemon Zack Waller Blake Steele Blake Cockrell Alex Mullins Joshua Owens Cody Vaughan Jonathan Buggisch Joseph Rutherford Nick Skube Andrew Hicks Matthew Moore Cody Banzhof Josh Newman Karl Taubenberger T.J. Ferguson Tylor Hindman Michael Medrano Zach Moon Herson Chavez Kaleb Boyce Jeff Brinson Josh Mallicoat Connor McMackin Jacob Grimsley Cody Smith Christopher Payne Quay Caison Dylan Ross Zachary Smith Tyler Wright Clyde Ritchie Cody Weaver Daniel Spangler Casey Stewart Pos. QB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB QB/DB QB/LB WR/LB WR/DB QB/DB WR/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB RB/DB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DE/K WR/DB RB/LB TE/LB DE/WR WR/DB/K RB/DB WR/DB TE/DE RB/LB TE/DE RB/DE RB/DE RB/LB RB/LB OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DL WR/DB WR/LB WR/DB WR/DB Year So. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. So. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. So. So. Sr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. So. Sr. So. Sr. So. Sr. So. Sr. Mallicoat and Tallent likes his McMackin will shift receiving corps. Senior across the line to fill Jontae Rollins (11 one-half of Warren catches for 115 yards, 1 County’s front four on TD) is the leading sta- defense, with Blake tistical returnee in Steele and Josh another group that has Newman also expected deceptive experience. to see plenty of time “Probably on the out- there. side, we bring our most “Our front four is experience back,” going to feature a lot of Tallent said. “Jontae different kids that are Rollins, Eric Baker, and going to be in there,” with Josh Owens play- Tallent said. “We’re ing tight end — he going to be rotating played the second tight them through.” end last year — so we feel on that side of the ball, we’ve got some guys that have seen some time. “Baker and Rollins both present problems. They’re big and fast, I’ve seen them catching a lot of balls in practice. Owens can flex out and he presents a size problem for people.” Alex Atwood and C.J. Sharp are two other receiving options for the Wildcats this season. The offensive line can count just one returning starter —