Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Gridiron Report Vol. 2

by Moe Murphy 

BLUEMONT, VA (9/17/14) – Our hometown Clarke County Eagles moved to 2-0 with a 55-8 win over the Stonewall Jackson Generals (0-3) at “the Felt” on Hall of Fame night. John Ernst, Becky Armstrong, and Matt Tomblin were inducted at Halftime.


Sophomore running back Hunter Rogers paced the Eagles with 189 yards rushing on 7 carries and three touchdowns. Rogers scored on runs of 59, 56, and 13.

Senior quarterback Sean McDonald scored on 50 yard run and was 4 of 10 for 101 yards passing including a 72 yard touchdown pass to Will Roper.

Jaxon Ottobre scored on an 8 yard run and Chris Keim went in from 10 yards out. Matt Dang broke loose and rambled 46 yards to get a touchdown for the Eagles.

The Eagles defense held the Generals to 66 yards rushing and 24 yards passing.

Derrick Smith scored the lone Generals touchdown late in the game on a 43 yard scamper.

The Eagles go on the road for the first time this year as the travel to Brentsville to face the 3A Tigers out of the Evergreen District. The Tigers are 2-1 with wins over Manassas Park, and Warren County. The Tigers lost to Skyline last week 23-20.  Stonewall Jackson hosts Stuarts Draft in two weeks.
  • Friday Night Lights 

The James Wood Colonels (1-2) got their first win of the season with a 36-0 win over the Warren County Wildcats (0-3). Quarterback Brady Hepner was 8 of 10 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Hepner hit Nick Manuel for a 74 yard strike and Tyler Bishop for 40 yards. Manuel had 92 yards on 4 receptions and two interceptions. Bishop also scored on a 6 yard run. The Colonels will travel to Strasburg to face the Rams on Friday. 

The Sherando Warriors (2-1) sent a message to area teams that they are a force to be reckoned with after the dismantled the Washington, WV Patriots (1-2) 60-7 at Arrowhead Stadium. Quarterback Pat Minteer was 6 of 7 passing with 4 touchdowns. Minteer connected on passes of 62, 29, 9, and 35. Running back LeeQuan Johnson rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries and scored three times on runs of 8, 2, and 2. Josh Ojo had an 82 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, 3 receptions for 104 yards with 2 touchdowns. The Warriors travel to Nokesville to face Kettle Run on Friday in an early matchup of power house football. 

The Millbrook Pioneers (2-1) dropped their first game of the season at the hands of the Kettle Run Cougars (1-1) 55-24. Cougar quarterback Denzel Champion had 186 yards rushing on 16 carries with touchdown runs of 67, and 69 yards and was 8 of 13 for 158 yards including a 67 yard touchdown pass to David Eldridge. Millbrook quarterback Mark Paxton was 4 of 15 for 99 yards with 1 interception and two touchdowns of 54 and 35 yards both to Ryan Hartigan. Cougar running back Jaquaves Payton had 64 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns on runs of 1, 5, 2, and 19. Millbrook travels to Warrenton for face the Fauquier Falcons and Kettle Run will host Sherando. 

The John Handley Judges (2-1) dominated the Fauquier Falcons (1-2) 48-6 in a Friday afternoon game at the Handley Bowl. Handley quarterback Will Dearing was 11 of 18 passing for 260 yards and four touchdowns. Dearing connected on passes of 73, 9, 20, and 18. Wide receiver Dontae Mauck had 4 receptions for 207 yards and touchdowns of 73 and 20. Running back D.J. Frisbee had 71 yards on 18 carries including a 22 yard touchdown. The Judges defense held Fauquier to 57 yards rushing and 59 yards passing. The Judges will host the Eastern View Cyclones (3-0) who come in averaging 46 points per game on Saturday at 1:00PM. 

The Skyline Hawks (2-1) bounced back defeating the Brentsville Tigers (2-1) 23-20 in the area’s most thrilling game of the week. Skyline quarterback Corbin Ruch was 14 of 23 for 165 yards including touchdown passes of 56 and 20 yards. Jamal Parker caught 4 passes for 84 yards including a 56 yard touchdown. Running back Jerrius Baltimore had 71 yards rushing on 14 carries including a 17 yard touchdown run. The Hawks will host the Manassas Park Cougars (1-1) and Brentsville hosts the 2-0 Clarke County Eagles.


The Central Falcons (1-1) were idle and will travel to face the Spotswood Trailblazers (0-3).


The Strasburg Rams (1-1) were idle and will host the James Wood Colonels on Friday night. 

  • College Corner


The Shenandoah Hornets (1-1) dropped their home opener at the hands of the Frostburg State Bobcats (2-0) 20-10 before a packed house at Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium in Winchester. Shenandoah hosts the Ferrum Panthers (0-1) on Saturday night at 7:00PM at Shentel Stadium.  For complete coverage with video highlights go to Clarke County Sports: 


The James Madison Bulldogs (2-1) dominated the final three quarters to defeat the Saint Francis Red Flash (1-2) 38-22 in Head Coach Everett Wither's debut in front of a crowd of 23,577 at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field on Saturday. The Bulldogs travel to Philadelphia to face the Villanova Wildcats (1-1) on Saturday at 12:30PM.

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The Bridgewater Eagles (2-0) Junior Matthew Pisarcik connected twice with Jayme Perry for a pair of scores and accounted for four touchdowns as the Bridgewater Eagles football team rolled past the visiting Greensboro Pride by a 43-14 score on Saturday night at the Jopson Athletic Complex. Bridgewater is idle this week.

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The Shepherd Rams (2-0) Sophomore quarterback Jeff Ziemba (Wilmington Del. /St. Mark's) completed 14-of-14 passes for 262 yards and a  touchdown and  sophomore running back Jabre Lolley (Wilmington Del./St. Mark's) rushed nine times for 78 yards and three scores to lead Shepherd University to a 56-0 win over Fairmont State in MEC football action at Ram Stadium on Saturday.


Shepherd travels to Ohio this Saturday to face the Urbana Blue Knights (1-1). 

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