Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shepherd University - Shepherd Announces New Ram Mascot

Shepherd Rams Football


President Mary J.C. Hendrix with J.C.   Courtesy Shepherd University
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- There will be a new fan at Shepherd University football games when the season starts in the fall.

The University has a new mascot, a dorset ram named J.C. Named for President Mary J.C. Hendrix's middle initials, the ram was purchased with donations from Shepherd alumni Al and Sarah Lueck; Holly Morgan Frye, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of community and congressional relations, and her husband, Jim Frye; and Dr. Ben Martz, dean of the College of Business. J.C. will attend Shepherd football games and a variety of other events on campus.

To view this release on the official Shepherd Football site go to the following link below:

SU Hornets Football Season Tickets on Sale

Photo courtesy Shenandoah University Athletic Department
WINCHESTER, Va.- It's almost time for football again at Shenandoah University, and we want you to be part of all the exciting action on Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium this fall!

The process of our 2017 football season ticket drive is underway and we would like to invite you to experience NCAA Division III football in the northern Shenandoah Valley this year.

For the press release, schedule and to order go to the following link:

Football Season Tickets on Sale: Catch the Hornets Buzz!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Chargers comeback to capture Southern Conference Championship

Roberts appears to score on goal line drive    Moe Murphy / CCS
FALLING WATERS, WV- The Virginia Chargers scored 21 unanswered points to capture their second consecutive Atlantic Football Association Southern Conference Championship in semi pro football last Saturday at Spring Mills High School.

The Chargers went down early, to the Virginia Storm, as the Storm connected on the second play from scrimmage for a long touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 lead.

The Chargers drove down and got on the board with a Alhaji Kanu field goal, but a penalty kept the drive alive and the Chargers took the three points off the board and were held on a goal line drive. It appeared the Chargers scored when AFA leading rusher Michael "Moo" Roberts stretched the ball out, but did not get the call.

"I know I scored, I stretched the ball over." Roberts said.

Mair (36) and Babcock (17) force turnover   Moe Murphy / CCS
After a couple of exchanges the Storm hit another long pass on a broken play and went up 14-0.

Momentum changed when the Storm where driving and pressure from Earl Babcock, A.J. Orlebar and Seth Rocca forced an errant throw that was picked off by Charger defensive back Tavan Mair.

Roberts scored from one yard out to pull the Chargers within seven shortly before the first half.

The Chargers got two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Dominique Terrell in the second half  to give the Chargers the Championship.

The win revenged the Chargers earlier season 14-0 loss to the Storm in Danville. The loss was the Chargers only loss so far this season.

"We went down early and made a couple mistakes," Sherman Thomas said, "We just got back to being a family. We started out slow last week and came back."
Sherman Thomas breaks loose on KO return  Moe Murphy / CCS

Thomas had back to back stops on a late drive by the Storm that would have tied the game up, he broke up a pass and then on the next play stopped a reciever short of a first down forcing a turnover on downs and giving the ball to the Chargers with less than  three minutes to play.

Thomas also gained close to 100 yards on kickoff returns helping to set the team up with good field position.

Terrell was able to pick up a first down rushing and the Chargers were able to run out the clock.

The win places the Chargers in their third consecutive AFA Bowl. They will face their biggest rival the Maryland Phantoms in Baltimore (7:00PM).

Dominique Terrell scored twice for the Chargers  Moe Murphy / CCS
The Chargers defeated the New River Nitro last year and lost to the Harrisonburg Sharks in 2015.

The Phantoms won the AFA Bowl in 2014, and the Chargers have won in 2011, 2013, and 2016.

Thomas and Roberts spoke with Moe Murphy of Clarke County Sports after the game. Game highlights and the interviews can be seen below on the Clarke County Sports Game of the Week.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Hall takes it one day at a time

Hall deflects a pass on Monday Night against the Giants    Moe Murphy / CCS
ASHBURN, Va.- The Washington Redskins veteran defensive back DeAngelo Hall is preparing to enter his14th season in the NFL. Hall attended all the Redskins OTA sessions and mandatory mini camp but watched on the sidelines as he works himself back from last seasons torn ACL injury that occured in week 3 against the New York Giants. The injury ended Hall's season. Hall has made the switch from cornerback to safety and is a versatile player in the secondary.

Hall still feels like he can contribute to the team and is a valuable leader in the locker room to a group of new players wanting to learn from the 4 time pro bowler. Hall was also the Redskins captain in 2010, 2011, and 2014.

The 33 year old native of Chesapeake, VA and VA Tech Hokie graduate enters his 10th season as a Redskins after being drafted and spending his first 4 years in the league as an Atlanta Falcon. Hall played 8 games for the Oakland Raiders in 2008 before coming to Washington.

Hall leaves with game ball as NFC East Champ  Moe Murphy
Hall recorded 190 tackles, 20 passes defensed, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and seven receptions for 86 yards with one touchdown in his three-year career at Virginia Tech. He returned 56 punts for 839 yards and five touchdowns. His 839 yards rank third on the Big East Conference career-record chart while his five returns for touchdowns rank second in conference history. Hall is one of the few players in college football history to score touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams during their collegiate career.
Hall majored in secondary education while at Virginia Tech. (1)

Hall spoke with the media after Tuesday afternoons practice. That interview is below Hall's career stats.


Redskins complete mini camp, next step Richmond

Gruden happy how camp went     Moe Murphy/CCS
ASHBURN, Va.- The month of June was a busy one at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park. Rookie mini camp, OTA's, and the mandatory mini camp have now all been put into the books. The next phase will be summer training camp in Richmond that starts on July 27. (Redskins 2017 Training Camp Schedule).

"I feel like it was a good offseason program, I was happy about it, so we ended it today," Coach Jay Gruden said. "The number one goal, in my opinion, is for them to get stronger, work on their running and weightlifting and all of that stuff. I think they accomplished that, they got stronger. After practice we have a meeting at 2:00 and then they’ll be on their way until training camp starts. They’re professional football players, their job is to keep their bodies in shape. They have to hit training camp with a full tank of gas. They can’t come in here and expect to get in shape in training camp. They have to be in shape when they arrive.

The arrival of TE Jordan Reed and OL Trent Williams was a welcome sight for fans, players and coaches. Reed and Williams were both absent from the voluntary OTA's but obviously had been training on their own as they both looked to be in good shape, and were impressive to coaches in the Mini Camp session. Matt Jones who earlier left Redskins park returned for the mini camp and worked hard as well.

Junior Galette and Doug Williams leave field     Moe Murphy / CCS
Former Redskins Superbowl quarterback Doug Williams was promoted to Senior VP of Player Personnel on Tuesday and spoke with the team at mid field at the end of Tuesday's practice. (Doug Williams Promotion Press Release).

The team should have one of the most competitive training camps in recent years, with a multitude of talent competing for various roster spots.

Tight end, linebacker, defensive backfield, and offensive line are among the positions that will be the most competitive.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Washington Redskins on Clarke County Sports as well as our Facebook and twitter feeds.

Trent Williams has been working hard in Texas and returned looking in fine form.   Moe Murphy / CCS
Jordan Reed was a welcome sight at Redskins Park. The team has high hopes for another great season.     Moe Murphy / CCS
Check out more photo's from Moe Murphy from Tuesday and Wednesday's camp at our Facebook page.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shepherd University - Shepherd Football Season Ticket Plans

Shepherd Rams Football

Photo courtesy Shepherd University Athletic Department
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Shepherd University Vice President for Athletics Chauncey Winbush has announced plans for 2017 Shepherd Rams football season ticket renewals.

For the official press release and to purchase tickets go to the Official Shepherd Rams site at the link below:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have promoted Doug Williams to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.

Doug Williams addresses the media today after his promotion    
Williams is a veteran of 20 NFL seasons, including nine as a player and 11 in scouting/personnel roles. Prior to joining the Redskins’ personnel department in 2014, Williams spent five seasons as Personnel Executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-08 before being named the team’s Director of Pro Personnel for the 2009 season.
A member of the 80 Greatest Redskins and a Redskins Ring of Famer, Williams played with the Redskins from 1986-89 and led Washington to a Super Bowl XXII title, a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos. Williams, the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, completed 18-of-29 passes for 340 yards with four touchdown passes to earn Super Bowl XXII MVP honors.
Doug Williams and Tony McGee at 2013 Alumni Day
Williams, a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 1978 NFL Draft (No. 17 overall), led the Buccaneers to the first three playoff appearances in team history. In 1986, the Redskins traded for Williams’ rights following two seasons with the USFL’s Oklahoma Outlaws. In Williams’ Super Bowl XXII MVP performance following the 1987 season, he set or tied several Super Bowl passing records, including most TD passes (four), most yards passing (340), longest pass completion (80 yards) and longest TD pass (80 yards).
Williams joined the Buccaneers’ front office in 2004 following a successful tenure as head coach at his alma mater, Grambling State University, and one of the most storied playing careers in league and team history. His responsibilities in Tampa included coordinating the scouting and recruiting of all NFL players, while also monitoring NFL transactions and overseeing player tryouts. In addition, he was in charge of Tampa Bay’s evaluating efforts of all other professional football leagues, including the Canadian Football League.
In six seasons during his first tenure (1998-2003) at Grambling State, Williams brought one of the most storied programs in college football history back to prominence, compiling a 52-18 record as head coach after succeeding the legendary Eddie Robinson, who was at the helm for 57 years from 1941-97 and re-wrote the record books as the winningest coach in the history of college football with 408 career wins.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Wallace receives offer, impresses Coaches in North Carolina

Bryan Wallace (60) garnering attention from NCAA     Matt Murphy /CCS
BLUEMONT, Va.-  Clarke County Eagle senior Bryan Wallace is making a major impact on college coaches and scouts. Clarke County Football coach Chris Parker verified that Wallace attended Brad Lambert's Elite Prospect Football camp this past weekend at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. Soon after the camp, a recruiting coordinator from the  UNCC 49ers contacted Clarke Athletic Director Casey Childs to indicate the school was interested in offering Wallace a football scholarship.

The 49ers play in the FBS Conference USA and have such teams as Kansas State, Marshall, Florida Atlantic, and Eastern Michigan on this years schedule.

Two nearby players from Stone Bridge, (Ashburn) are on the roster. Redshirt junior offensive lineman Nate Davis, and redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Thompson, son of the Bulldogs head coach Mickey Thompson.

Wallace (60) is a leader on and off the field             Moe Murphy /CCS
Childs also verified that he was contacted today by the University of Tennessee associate head football coach Brady Hoke (Defensive line) expressing interest in Wallace and inviting him to the Tennessee Elite High School camp this weekend in Knoxville.

"The University of Tennessee staff were present at the UNCC camp and invited Bryan down this weekend."Parker said, "The future is bright for this young man."

Among the many honors for Wallace are the Winchester Star's Male Athlete of the Year in 2015, Bull Run District Defensive Player of the Year, VHSL 2A First team DL 2016, VHSCA 2A First Team DL 2015, 2016 to name a few.

Wallace is also a 3 time VHSL State Wrestling Champion and placed in last years elite Beast of the East Tournament.
Bryan Wallace is a 3 time VHSL State Champion Wrestler          Moe Murphy / CCS

Shentel Stadium Turf to be Replaced

WINCHESTER, Va.- Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced Tuesday that the process of replacing the artificial turf on Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium begins today.

Click link for full story at SU Athletics.  Shentel Stadium Turf to be Replaced

Friday, June 9, 2017

Redskins complete final OTA session

ASHBURN, Va.- The Washington Redskins completed their final OTA on Wednesday at Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park. Trent Williams, Jordan Reed did not attend but are expected for next weeks mandatory mini-camp. The status of Matt Jones is not known at this time, Jones left Redskins Park earlier this season and was not present at todays OTA.

Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was asked about the status of Jones returning to next weeks mini camp at his post practice press conference.

“I don’t know, to be honest with you, Cavanaugh said. "I wasn’t privy to him leaving the building and I’m not privy to if he’s deciding to come back or not. I think management can best answer that.”

2017 Redskins QB's Kirk Cousins, Nate Sudfield, and Colt McCoy work at OTA's                        Moe Murphy/CCS  
 Defensive back Josh Norman was the last player to walk off after remaining 15 minutes with backup qb Nate Sudfield working on scoring a goal with a soccer ball.

"I'm just doing what I need to do to get my cardio work in." Norman said.

Josh Norman last off the field still finds time for fans   Moe Murphy /CCS
Offensive lineman Morgan Moses has been one of many veteran Redskins that have taken on a leadership role among the many new Redskins that have reported this year. Head coach Jay Gruden has been very impressed with the play and work ethic of the former Virginia Cavalier.

"His growth with Coach [Bill] Callahan has been out of this world. He is one of the top right tackles, I think, in the league, quite honestly. He plays with great length. He’s very knowledgeable for the game. He works extremely hard on and off the field. He’s a great leader for the rest of the guys."Gruden said.

Morgan Moses works with rookie lineman Tyler Catalina as Coach Bill Callalhan looks on         Moe Murphy / CCS

Morgan Moses speaks to the press after practice.

Terrell Pryor has looked impressive so far       Moe Murphy / CCS
More photo's from Wednesday's OTA can be seen at our Facebook Page.