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Friday Night Football -- Week 4 -- Live Blog (from the sports desk)

Tonight's Games:
Millbrook at James Wood
Warren County at Sherando
Central at Skyline
Eastern View at Clarke County
Page County at Strasburg

4:45 -- We are covering the five games above. Tommy Keeler is headed to Millbrook/James Wood; Craig Juer will be covering his third consecutive Sherando game; Tim Tassa is headed to Front Royal for Central/Skyline, which is our centerpiece game (meaning it has art); Alyssa Goodson, one of our part-timers, will visit Berryville for Clarke County's bout with Eastern View; and Jeremy Stafford, another part-timer, will venture to Page County as Strasburg seeks its first win under Mark Roller. But for now, I'm thinking Arby's.
5:32 -- 5 for $5.95 = clutch.
5:52 -- Look for Craig Juer's feature on former Stonewall Jackson football star Richard Long in tomorrow's issue of the Northern Virginia Daily. Long, now a linebacker for the FCS' No. 1-ranked team, is returning home to face James Madison tomorrow.
7:03 -- Craig Juer checks in from Stephens City. Warren County star running back Marty Haley is in street clothes on the sidelines, with Rueben Shanks getting the start at tailback. Also, Sherando kicker Lukas Stump is out with a dislocated knee in his kicking leg.
7:18 -- Check that, Sherando's Lukas Stump injured his planting leg, not his kicking leg.
7:25 -- Sherando 14-0, 5:00 let of the first quarter. Still no word on the reasoning behind Haley's inactivity.
7:28 -- Sherando 21, Warren County 0. 4:45 left of the first. Rut roh...
7:39 -- Sherando is scoring faster than I can update (or receive updates from other games). Warriors 27, Wildcats 0. End of first quarter.
7:48 -- Our first update from a non-staffer, as Eric Michael reports James Wood clings to an early 2-0 lead. Thanks, Eric.
7:54 -- Another update from Mr. Michael with the Colonels still leading. First note ... the entire Daily sports staff picked Millbrook, although I know each of us were torn and I called this game a coin flip. Second note ... this is about as big as an early season district game can be. If Sherando, James Wood, Millbrook, Handley and Skyline all have aspirations of taking this league, either the Colonels or Pioneers are going to put themselves behind the 8-ball with a loss here.
7:56 -- Roller Win #1 Watch has commenced: Strasburg leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and is threatening.
8:06 -- Fightin' Yews trying to start district play off right. Skyline 0, Central 0, 8:33 left of the first half.
8:09 -- Tommy Keeler reports James Wood has built a 9-0 lead with 7:33 left to go of the first half.
8:19 -- Oodles of updates from Stephens City: Marty Haley is out with a mild concussion; Sherando quarterback Ross Metheny was pulled from the game (not an injury) midway through the second quarter; Sherando has blocked two Warren County punts; No first downs for Warren County through two quarters of play. Halftime score: Warriors 48, Wildcats 0.
8:25 -- Update from Page County: Strasburg Rams lead 7-0 at halftime. Also, it's homecoming for the host Panthers, so the next update may be awhile. But what a heck of a win this would be for first-year coach Mark Roller, giving the team the momentum and confidence heading into next week's showdown with intra-county rival Stonewall Jackson.
8:29 -- Fighting Yews upset put on hold for now: Skyline 10, Central 0 at the half. Kieren Caison with a 21-yard touchdown run.
8:36 -- Interesting points by Eric Michael in the comments section -- especially about Millbrook's discipline. Tommy Keeler reports that each team has mustered just 72 yards of offense in the first half, and that the Colonels have been helped by a pair of booming 46-yard punts by Andrew Lloyd. That means James Wood is winning the field position battle, and if the Pioneers are struggling with penalties/discipline and overall execution, this game will definitely go to the home team if things don't change in the second half.
8:45 -- Tommy Keeler also reports that there is a packed house for the James Wood-Millbrook game, which includes the presence of former Colonels coach Walter Barr. Also, James Wood's Kari Pope and Headley Wilson were honored prior to the game for their state tennis championship in doubles in the spring.
9:08 -- The always-classy Bill Hall calls off the dogs early and Sherando finishes with a 55-7 victory to improve to 3-0. I'll update with stats later. Check out Craig juer's full story tomorrow. The other four games are pending...but Skyline has now built a 23-0 lead over the Fighting Yews.
9:16 -- Eastern View leads Clarke County 12-7, but the Eagles are knocking on the door to take the lead.
9:19 -- James Wood now leads 9-6 at the end of three quarters.
9:38 -- I'd like to welcome Keenan ... thanks for the post-game thoughts. I encourage more of this. Also, Strasburg is down 14-13 to Page County with three minutes left.
9:39 -- Skyline 30, Central 0. Late 4th.
9:43 -- Some numbers from Sherando: First downs (Sherando 20, Warren County 3). Passing: (Sherando 10-of-11, 102 yards). Sherando's Roger Smith goes for 184 yards and four touchdowns, while Warren County is held to 22 yards on 26 carries without Marty Haley (mild concussion). Metheny also tossed a pair of TDs.
9:49 -- Strasburg has advanced to the 2-yard line after a 66-yard bomb. Under a minute to go, Page County leads 14-13.
9:52 -- Strasburg scores and misses the two-point conversion. Strasburg 19, Page County 14, 55 seconds left.
9:56 -- Eastern View defeats Clarke County, 12-7. The loss of QB Zach Shiley last week too much to overcome in a week's time. Clarke County will have to regroup before heading to Riverheads next week, as Shiley will again be unavailable. Also, kudos to Tommy Keeler as the only person to pick Eastern View, although his predictions of worldwide dominance fell considerably short.
10:00 -- James Wood 16, Millbrook 6. Final. After a bit of a surprise last week at home, the Colonels open Northwestern District play with an impressive win over the Pioneers.
10:12 -- As Eric Michael noted earlier, Millbrook had problems with penalties...13 flags at the tune of 76 yards. Meanwhile, James Wood won without completing a single pass and throwing two interceptions. Millbrook's Andrew Oates completed just 11-of-34 passes.
10:17 -- Skyline 36, Central 0.
11:13 -- According to the Daily's Alyssa Goodson, Clarke County had four trips to the red zone but could not convert. A very tough home loss.

11 Comments | Leave a comment

    The thing that I like the most about Sherando's team this year over lasts, is the running game. Brisco was a good back no doubt, but Smith gives them the chance to go all the way every time he touches the ball, unlike Brisco he was more of a pound it out back

    What's wrong with the Fightin' Yews tonight? I need details.

    If Sherando is better than they were last year look out. I was really looking forward to the Millbrook v. Sherando game at the end of October, but based on what I have seen from Millbrook tonight, it could be UGLY!!!

    Left after 3rd Quarter of Sherando/Warren Co. game. After the first three games, I think this Sherando squad is stronger than last year's team. Whenever Hall can sit Matheny with 6:00 left in the 2nd Quarter, you know Sherando has it rolling.

    Millbrook gets a huge stop on fourth down, and they start the drive with an offside penalty on the offense. Their second one of the night. Eight penalties for the Pioneers now, if they win, it's a gift from James Wood

    9-6 James Wood after 3

    Both teams excanged blocks.. Millbrook's punt is blocked, James Wood's field goal attempt blocked. Could be the swing the Pioneers needed

    James Wood is up 9-0 at halftime. Yes, the score is a surprise, but Millbrook's play is the bigger surprise. They have failed miserably with their execution, gameplan, and focus. Penalties, trick formation, and a tough James Wood defense hasn't allowed them anything. For a game that has such huge importance in the Northwestern District one would think the Pioneers would have been better prepared.

    James Wood touchdown run midway through the 2nd. Its 9-0

    Tinsman (James Wood) is picked off at the 10 yard line of Millbrook. Millbrook is killing themselves with penalties. Milllbrook punt as I speak, James Wood starts from the 41 yard line. Its at the end of the 1st, correction from the last comment.

    I can help ya a little bit, James Wood leads Millbrook 2-0, James Wood driving mid-way through the 2nd

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