Monday, April 10, 2017

Chargers open home season with win over Mutiny

PURCELLVILLE, VA- The 2017 Virginia Chargers opened their home season on Saturday Apr. 1, at Leonard Stadium at Loudoun Valley High School with a convincing 49-14 win over the Virginia Mutiny. The Chargers move to 3-0 in the Atlantic Football Association.

Michael "Moo" Roberts scored twice on the ground, Ivan "Sweet Pea" Fitchett  also added two scores recieving and spoke with Moe Murphy after the game. Game highlights and interviews can be viewed below.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Eagles in third place after day 1 at Salem

SALEM, VA- The Clarke County Eagles ended day one of the VHSL 2A in 3rd place behind Strasburg in 2nd and Grundy in the lead.

The Eagles sent 4 wrestlers to tomorrows Championship Round. Jack Smith 106, Bayne Gordon 132, William Heath 160, and Bryan Wallace 220.

Pete McLean, the 2A east runner up was eliminated earlier in the day.

Bayne Gordon going after his 4th State Championship
Gordon can be the first wrestler in Clarke County history to win four consecutive State championships with a win tomorrow. Wallace, a junior can win his third in a row tomorrow.
The championship round begins at 2:00PM tomorrow.

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 Clarke wrestling results for day 1
2017 VHSL 4/3/2/1A State Championship Results for Clarke County2A
106 - Jack Smith (47-19) scored 17.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Jack Smith (Clarke County) 47-19 won by major decision over Tanner Speight (Glenvar High School) 15-9 (MD 18-4)
Semifinal - Jack Smith (Clarke County) 47-19 won by decision over Bryan Villegass (George Mason) 33-8 (Dec 10-4)
2A 132 - Bayne Gordon (54-3) scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Bayne Gordon (Clarke County) 54-3 won by fall over Richard Owens (Central High School) 37-11 (Fall 1:44)
Semifinal - Bayne Gordon (Clarke County) 54-3 won by fall over Pierce Bryant (Appomatox County) 28-10 (Fall 3:56)
2A 160 - William Heath (46-6) scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - William Heath (Clarke County) 46-6 won by fall over Aaron Martin (Chatham High School) 4-3 (Fall 2:32)
Semifinal - William Heath (Clarke County) 46-6 won by fall over Derick Endicott (Grundy High School) 29-13 (Fall 4:41)
2A 195 - Pete Mclean (31-26)
Quarterfinal - Alex Hicks (Graham High School) 47-1 won by fall over Pete Mclean (Clarke County) 31-26 (Fall 3:02)
Cons. Round 1 - Tony Carter (Wilson Memorial) 31-18 won by fall over Pete Mclean (Clarke County) 31-26 (Fall 2:59)
2A 220 - Bryan Wallace (62-2) scored 20.00 team points.
Quarterfinal - Bryan Wallace (Clarke County) 62-2 won by fall over Levi Walker (James River High School) 29-21 (Fall 0:59)
Semifinal - Bryan Wallace (Clarke County) 62-2 won by fall over Joshua Pinkard (Martinsville High School) 28-12 (Fall 1:31)
Team Scores 2A after Day 1
1. Grundy High School 145.0
2. Strasburg 99.5
3. Clarke County 77.0
4. Grayson County High School 49.0
5. Lebanon High School 46.0
6. Martinsville High School 45.0
7. Graham High School 42.0
8. Appomatox County 34.0
9. Central High School 30.5
10. Virginia High School 26.0
11. King William 25.0
12. Glenvar High School 20.0
13. Bruton 18.0
13. Chatham High School 18.0
13. Robert E. Lee-Staunton 18.0
16. Maggie Walker 15.0
16. Nottoway 15.0
18. Central-Woodstock 12.0
19. James River High School 11.0
20. George Mason 10.0
20. Wilson Memorial 10.0
22. Amelia 7.0
22. Tazewell High School 7.0
24. Dan River High School 6.0
24. Goochland 6.0
24. Madison County 6.0
24. Marion Senior High School 6.0
24. Nandua 6.0
24. Stuarts Draft 6.0
30. Buffalo Gap 5.0
30. John S. Battle High School 5.0
30. Lee High School 5.0
33. Richlands High School 4.0
34. Arcadia 0.0
34. East Rockingham 0.0
34. Randolph-Henry 0.0
34. Union High School 0.0

Monday, January 2, 2017

Season ends as Redskins fail to slay Giants

By Moe Murphy
Special to Viva Loudoun

LANDOVER, MD- The end of 2016 was full of hope and expectations for the Washington Redskins. The team controlled their own destiny once again, win and with the exception of a rare tie between Green Bay and Detroit the team was in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

The new year did not start off good to the Washington faithful, with everything including the season on the line, the Redskins turned in a lackluster performance and fell to the rival New York Giants 19-10 to end their 2016 season on an unseasonably mild day before 79,471 fans at FedEx Field.

“We beat them up there in their house early in the season and they beat us in our house, when it counted.” A dejected Ricky Jean Francois said sitting in his locker, “It hurts so bad to know that we had the team to go out there and do everything. We put our self back in position, we didn’t need any help and we just let the ball fall.”

Trailing the entire game Washington (8-7-1) gave the crowd hope when they tied the game at 10 on a one yard Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed touchdown pass with 8:17 to go in the game. Six minutes later New York (11-5) capped an 8 play 58-yard drive with a 40 yard Robbie Gould field goal to regain the lead for good.

With two minutes remaining, Cousins (22 of 35 for 287 yards) completed 4 consecutive passes to move the Redskins to the Giants 43-yard line before forcing a throw that was intercepted by Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, (his second interception of the game) that ended the Redskins chance for a second consecutive playoff appearance.

“He [Pierre Garçon] did a good job on his route. The timing of the play was off so I climbed a little to my left and Pierre still was winning and thought I was a little bit late. “Cousins said, “It felt like across the field he had a chance, but I didn’t get my shoulder closed enough to where I could make that throw accurately, and so the ball was behind him and the corner made a nice play.”

The Redskins could never get their running game on tract against the tough Giant defense rushing for only 38 yards on 15 carries, the team’s second lowest rushing output of the season.

 “They’re a good run defense first of all. Got to give the Giants credit, Coach [Ben] McAdoo.” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “We knew they’d have their team ready to play, and we just didn’t get enough good run lanes for our backs. Other than that, I don’t know what happened. I don’t know if we just got beat up front, man-handled, or we just mistargeted or what. I’ve got to check out the film, but it wasn’t pretty in the running game.”
The Giants were able to mix up their offense gaining 161 yards rushing and 180 passing taking a 10-0 lead into the half.

Washington’s defense kept the team within distance, but were unable stop the Giants after the comeback that tied the game in the fourth quarter.

“It just felt like we didn’t make enough plays and that was throughout the whole course of the game.” Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said, “We allowed 13 points defensively, but we didn’t make any splash plays. We didn’t put our offense in a good field position very much throughout the game and that was a big difference tonight.”

The Giants got a meaningless score on the last play of the game, as an errant flea flicker from Jordan Reed was picked up by Trevin Wade who went untouched for an 11-yard fumble recovery.

Many questions are left to be answered after the team’s season ending loss. The big question is the status of Cousins. The franchise player had a record breaking year passing, but still failed in guiding the team into the post season and has not signed a deal as of yet and will enter next season as a free agent.

“I don’t know what Kirk [Cousins] has to do as a quarterback to prove that he belongs in the National Football League as a starter. I think he had a great year.” Gruden said, “Overall, I think the amount of times he dropped back to pass and made some unbelievable throws in some great games, I think he belongs in the NFL as a starting quarterback, that’s for sure, and hopefully it’s here.”

Another pending issue is the return of veteran receivers Pierre Garcon, Vernon Davis and DeSean Jackson.

“I’ll definitely play, I’m not ready to hang it up yet.” Davis said, “I still have a lot left, I’m loving the game, I’m enjoying myself and having fun, so I have to continue to take it one year at a time.”

Garcon made no doubt that he would like to return with the team, talking about improvements and working again with Cousins. “I definitely want to play here.” Garcon said, “But you know it’s January and its football. It’s not the X’s and O’s, it’s the business side of it, and I have no control over it.”

Over the last several weeks’ rumors have been circulating about Jackson not returning to the team and possibly rejoining his old squad the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson declined to speak with the media after the game.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Three Eagle Cheerleaders selected to VHSL All State Team

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- The Virginia High School League named their 2A All State Cheer Team on Dec. 8, 2016. Graham senior Carson Cooper and Graham head coach Debra Brewster were named 2A cheerleader of the year and 2A coach of the year after leading the G-Men to the 2A state title. 

Three members of the Clarke County Eagles were named to the team. Seniors Lexi Marasco and Ryanne Stevenson were named to the First Team. Senior Kaylee Fowler was selected to the Second team.

The Eagles are Coached by Ms. Melissa Astin.

 Virginia High School League  2A  All-State Cheer Team

Monday, December 19, 2016

Rogers ends stellar career in Goochland

Hunter Rogers takes it to the house against Manassas Park in the opening game of 2015    James Murphy / CCS
 BLUEMONT, Va- As time ran out in Goochland on the 2016 Clarke County Eagles season, more than a season ended. The all time leading rusher in school history played his final game in a Eagle uniform.

"You have to play your heart out on every play." Rogers said, "You never know when you're not gonna see the field again. Just be humble and thanks your lineman."

The humble senior never took any credit without mentioning his team mates especially his line. Rogers numbers speak for themselves.

5022 yards on 603 carries, 8.3 average gain, 62 TD's, 25 receptions for 521 yards , 20.8 average catch and 5 TD's, 2 2pt conversions for 406 points scored. Considering he missed a few games with minor injuries and sat out many second halves when Clarke had big leads that's pretty impressive numbers.

Rogers transferred in as a sophomore from Millbrook and was an immediate factor in Coach Chris Parker's program. His first score came on a three yard touchdown run on August 29, 2014 in a 41-7 win over Berkeley Springs, WV.

Rogers breaks Bo Morgans rushing record of 4246 yards.   Moe Murphy/CCS
His biggest night of his three year career came this season against Madison County. Rogers rushed for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. A ten yard run in the second quarter put Rogers in the record books. On that run Rogers became the all time leading rusher in the history of Clarke County High School, surpassing Bo Morgan's 1991 mark of 4,246, a record that stood for 25 years.

"It's an awesome feeling to be able to break a record that's been there so long." Rogers said, "I couldn't do it without my team and obviously my offensive line, they have been doing great ever since I got here. Every year I've been here I've had over a thousand yards and I couldn't do it without my entire team and my offensive line and I just want to thank them very much for that."

Rogers had many huge nights for the Eagles, one that comes to mind from this season was huge playoff performance against Buffalo Gap. Rogers rushed for 303 yards and 4 touchdowns. The previous week Rogers broke 200 yards in a playoff win over R.E. Lee.

"Hunter is something special." Eagles Coach Chris Parker said, "When he hits the hole he explodes. He's fun to watch. He's got great vision and worked extremely hard. I'm very proud of him."

Rogers didn't have much time to recover from his game against Goochland, he reported to Eagles basketball practice the following Monday. Rogers plays guard for the Eagles. 
Hunter Rogers ends his career in Goochland with one last interview                Clarke County Sports

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eagles grounded in Goochland

GOOCHLAND, Va.- The Clarke County Eagles run for a second consecutive shot at the VHSL 2A Football Championship fell 2 games short when were defeated 28-14 by the Goochland Bulldogs in the state quarterfinal round on Friday. We all want to be in Salem for the finals but I'm very proud of the players and the senior class that led them."

Trailing 21-14 the Eagles had their chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter after driving the length of the field only to have Goochland defender Calvin Martin pick off a Chris Davis pass in the end zone. That was as close as Clarke could get in the second half.

"It's tough to lose. I hate to lose, these players and coaches hate to lose." Eagles coach Chris Parker said, "I told our team to win this game or to lose this game you had to of had a great team to get to this point. There are a lot of teams that would love to get to the State quarterfinal and have a 10-3 record."

It was a classic tale of two halves. As the Eagles held a 14-7 lead at the half and seemed to have things going their way when Goochland running back Cordell Mattox got behind the Eagle secondary but stepped out of bounds on his way to a touchdown on the last play of the half.

"We both stuck to our game plans." Parker said, "They made plays in the second half. We knew this was going to be a heavyweight fight. We made a handful of plays on both sides of the ball we would like to have back. They came out in the second half and got the ball and made a statement."

Clarke County (10-3) took the lead on their first drive with a ball control drive that went 80 yards and consumed 7 minutes. Daniel Braithwaite raced around the left end for a 16 yard touchdown run. Nick Bahamonde's extra point gave the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead.

Goochland (13-0) came back down the field and tied the game on a Tanner Bradshaw 2 yard run. Both teams exhibited a power running, smash mouth type offense.

The Eagles got their second score with less than a minute remaining in the first half when quarterback Chris Davis scrambled to his right and found Brett McDonald in the back of the endzone. McDonald jumped over the Goochland defender to grab the ball and it looked like it might be the Eagles night going into the half. McDonald ended his career as Clarke's leading receiver this season with 9 receptions for 239 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Goochland scored three times in the second half, with two scores coming in the third quarter. Marcus Burton scored on a 10 yard run and Bradshaw got his second score of the game on a 1 yard run.

Goochland iced the game late in the fourth quarter when Mattox went in from 7 yards out.

"We knew that they were going to make a lot of corrections." Davis said, "We just had a hard time adjusting to their corrections. What we were doing in the first half was working and they made adjustments. We knew coming into it that it was going to be a one or two score game, and they came out on top, they played a phenomenal football game."

Hunter Rogers, the Eagles all time leading rusher ended his career with 117 yards on 33 carries. Rogers led the Eagles this season with with 2410 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns. Rogers was 2nd in receptions with 7 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.

"Obviously it was a great season, to make it to the third round of the playoffs, you can't complain about that." Rogers said, "Both teams are great, we're hear for a reason."

The Eagles won their fourth consecutive Bull Run District championship this year and made their tenth consecutive season in the playoffs .

Game highlights and post game interviews with Chris Davis, Hunter Rogers and Coach Parker can be seen below on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kirk Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - The National Football League announced today that Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the team's Week 11 win against the Green Bay Packers.

The honor is Cousins’ first of the season and the third of his career, joining selections in Weeks 7 and 10 of the 2015 season. He joins wide receiver Art Monk (five), quarterback Mark Rypien (four) and wide receiver Santana Moss (three) as the only players in team history to earn three career NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards since the honor’s inception in 1984.

Last week, Cousins completed 21-of-30 passes for 375 yards, tied his season-high with three touchdown passes and threw no interceptions in a 42-24 win on Sunday Night Football. He recorded his team-record 17th career 300-yard passing game and finished the game with a season-high 145.8 passer rating.

With Cousins’ selection this week, Redskins players have won 91 NFC Player of the Week awards (including 39 Offensive Player of the Week awards) since the NFL started awarding weekly honors in 1984.
Kirk Cousins NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Washington sends Green Bay packing

By Moe Murphy / Special to Viva Loudoun

LANDOVER, MD – One would think sustained winds of 25 mph and gusts twice that much would hamper passing in a football game. That was not the case Sunday night as the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers put 735 yards passing and 6 touchdowns in the books in an aerial shootout before a nationally televised audience.

 “We feel good about our personnel, that’s for sure. We just feel like we needed to put it together.” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “Big third down conversions, big plays, but overall a good balance by the offense.”

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21 of 30 passes for 375 yards and 3 touchdowns, and running back Robert Kelley rushed for 137  yards and 3 scores in Washington’s 42-24 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers before 77,137 chilled fans at FedEx Field.

Cousins passed Sonny Jurgensen as the Redskins all-time leader for 300 - yard passing games with his 17th 300 - yard game.

“I’ve always believed that rotation beats wind so if you can get a tight spiral you can cut the wind.” Cousins said, “I believe I just let it fly. I was surprised with the way it turned out, but having played in the Big 10 and growing up in the Midwest, you are used to playing in some tough elements.”

Cousins spread his passing among 7 different receivers with Pierre Garcon leading all receivers with 116 yards on 6 receptions including a 70 yard touchdown. Jamison Crowder broke the 100 yard mark with 102 yards on 3 receptions and a 53 yard score.

The Packers Aaron Rodgers is no stranger to Midwest weather and battling the elements and also passed for over 300 yards completing 26 of 41 passes for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns.

“We had a rough start to the game, three three-and-outs. It’s tough and we didn’t get going early.” Rodgers said, “Obviously the wind was a factor to start it felt like but both teams moved the ball pretty efficiently and we’ve got to do a better job at the start of the game, get a lead for our defense.”

Washington (7-3-1) took the lead late in the first quarter when Cousins connected with DeSean Jackson for a 17 yard touchdown.

Jackson returned to the lineup after being deactivated for the previous game against the Vikings due to a sore shoulder.

“It feels good. I can’t really feel it right now. It will probably be a little sore later on in the morning, but it’s a great win [and] a great team effort.” Jackson said.

Green Bay (4-6) put together their best drive of the game, a 17 play drive that used 8:29 and culminated with a 13 yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. The Packers briefly held their only lead of the game when Mason Crosby connected with a 36 yard field goal to put the Pack up by 3.

The lead did not hold up for long as Kelley went in from 10 yards out with 39 seconds to go in the half. Due to the high wind condition the Redskins elected to go for two and failed, holding a 13-10 lead going into the half.

"I feel good about getting that sixth win.” Kelley said, “It’s onto the next team, Dallas. That’s a pretty good team and [we’ll] try and go in there with everything that we have.”

Green Bay twice narrowed the score to 5 points in the second half, but Washington always answered before scoring 20 points in the final quarter to ice away their seventh win, and second consecutive win at FedEx.

Although both teams surpassed 300 yards passing, the Redskins outrushed the Packers 151 to 84 with Rodgers gaining 33 yards to lead the Pack. The Redskins kept Rodgers on the run most of the night.

“Overall we rushed hard, flushed them out of pocket a little, but I liked the way they played.” Gruden said.
Safety Donte Whitner led the team with 8 solo tackles and 2 assists, Will Compton had 7 tackles and 3 assists, and Bashaud Breeland had 7 tackles and 1 assist for the Redskins defense.

Ryan Kerrigan and Chris Baker each got to Rodgers once in the sack department.

The Redskins have a short work week as the head to Dallas to face the division leading Cowboys who enter the game riding a 9 game win streak.

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