Skyline 28, Millbrook 21
James Wood 34, Central 6
Stonewall Jackson 21, Strasburg 12
Clarke County 20, Riverheads 18
Madison County 21, Page County 14
5:22 -- All three games in our coverage area -- Skyline at Millbrook, Stonewall Jackson at Strasburg and James Wood at Central -- are still on. Which is amazing since it's drizzling.
I'm a bit swamped on desk tonight, but I'll update as often as possible.
And as always, I encourage as much reader participation as possible. We had some good analysis last week, especially after the games.
7:05 -- Games are just getting under way. I'm still swamped on desk, but as soon as I get any updates, I'll pass them along.
7:08 -- Note that in this week's "We're the experts?" picks, we left the Warren County-Brentsville game even though it was moved up to Thursday night. Tommy Keeler and I kept the faith with the Wildcats and lost. My luck in close games continues to spiral south.
7:25 -- First report from Jeremy Stafford in Winchester: Skyline 12, Millbrook 7. The high-scoring Hawks scored on their first two possessions, but missed both extra points. Those touchdowns were sandwiched around a Pioneers touchdown. For the record, Tim Tassa and myself picked Skyline; Craig Juer and Tommy Keeler took the home team.
7:31 -- And the above comment is not me bragging. Just simply pointing out that, with my support, Skyline will likely lose.
7:35 -- Stonewall strikes first in the Shenandoah County rivalry. Colton Koontz scored on an 86-yard run, giving the Generals an early 7-0 lead. Craig Juer, who is covering tonight's game, also wrote a fantastic feature on Generals kicker Juan Luna Guerrero in Thursday's issue of the Daily.
7:41 -- Interesting note in the comments section about Millbrook's defense. Obviously, I'm glued to the desk every Friday night...but I wonder why the Pioneers' defense isn't a bit more stingy. Discipline? Preparation? Attitude? Any guesses? Not saying they are bad, but a lot of coaches would love to have that kind of athletic talent across the board.
7:42 -- And on that note, Skyline scores again...
7:43 -- In the comment section, Eric Michael says the Hawks failed on a two-point conversion and lead 18-7.
7:45 -- Jeremy Stafford reports that Skyline scores on a 70-yard run.
7:50 -- Colton Koontz is having himself a night (Remember how Marty Haley ran all over Strasburg in the season opener?). Koontz with a 79-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 Stonewall Jackson with 1:33 left of the first quarter.
7:52 -- Tim Tassa checks in from Woodstock, where Trae Tinsman has hooked up with Jordan Dallman on a 66-yard pass play to give the Colonels' a 7-0 lead over the Fightin' Yews.
7:54 -- Another quick update from Woodstock...the Fightin' Yews coughed the ball up n the first play of the ensuing possesion, and James Wood's Andrew Lloyd connected on a 38-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
8:03 -- James Wood blocks a Central punt and returns it for a touchdown. Colonels 17, Fightin' Yews 0.
8:05 -- Bad news in Strasburg: Generals star Colton Koontz fumbled and the Rams recovered. On the next play, Koontz came up with the interception, but injured his right knee. He had to be helped from the field. Still 14-0, 8:33 left of the first half.
8:06 -- Let me be clear that we do not know the extent of the injury. As soon as Craig Juer let me know if Koontz is out for the game or may return, I'll pass that along. Hopefully he's OK.
8:07 -- Halftime from Winchester: Skyline 25, Millbrook 13. Far from over. The Hawks' Cliff Woodward has 137 rushing yards in the first half, and Andrew Thorne has an astounding 127 yards receiving through two quarters. Kid is silly. Keep an eye on the extra points in this one...could be the difference.
8:14 -- Score update in the comment section says Clarke County leads Riverheads, but I'm not sure this is an upset. The Eagles have a ton of talent, but have had to sort of find their identity this year without Chandler Rhoads. Once they did that, they again lost their QB. They couldn't finish off James Wood at home, and missed on four trips to the red zone against Eastern View. I know we are talking about "ifs," but Clarke County is very, very, very close to being undefeated.
8:18 -- Stonewall Jackson loses its third fumble of the game -- Koontz unlikely to return to the game.
8:21 -- Another touchdown pass by Tinsman -- James Wood 24, Central 0.
8:30 -- Halftime from Woodstock: James Wood 27, Central 0. Dr. Yew = less than pleased.
8:31 -- Halftime stats from Woodstock: Trae Tinsman, 5-of-8 passing, 115 yards, 2 TDs.
8:33 -- Skyline's Andrew Thorne has left the game with an injury. Will update with status.
8:34 -- I agree with the comment below. Skyline could pose a greater challenge than anyone anticipated. I'm not saying they'll win it all...beat Sherando...or anything like that. No predictions...but you cannot deny what they've done to date, especially if they hold on to beat Millbrook. I know one thing, whoever votes in the state poll for the Daily better shower the Hawks with some love if they are 5-0 at the end of tonight.
8:36 -- James Wood managed its 27 points on just six first downs.
8:37 -- And Andrew Thorne returns to the game and catches a 40-yard pass. Silly. All is well, I suppose.
8:41 -- Injury bug biting Skyline. Cliff Woodward leaves the game and is helped from the field. Will update with details...
9:00 -- Brock Lockhart scores from six yards out to make it 34-0 in favor of James Wood.
9:02 -- John Michael Pirtie scores from three yards out. Stonewall Jackson leads Strasburg 21-0. Colton Koontz has not returned to the game.
9:27 -- Sorry kiddos, no update on Skyline. I rely on my reporters...and I haven't heard a peep. I'm as anxious as you guys are.
9:31 -- Final from Winchester: Skyline 28, Millbrook 21.
9:39 -- Strasburg making a run, but it may be too little, too late. Generals lead 21-12 with 2:07 left of the game. Rams recovered an onside kick and now have the ball on Stonewall's 43-yard line and driving. Looks like extra points may keep a comeback from happening here.
9:42 -- Derrik Turner with the interception to seal it for Stonewall.
9:49 -- Stats for Stonewall -- Colton Koontz: 8 rushes, 186 yards, 2 TDs; Dylan Dawson: 14 rushes, 148 yards.
9:59 -- Central scores late to prevent a shutout...Colonels 34, Fightin' Yews 6.
10:42 -- Sorry for the long delay without updates, but it gets quite hectic on desk once the games finish. I'll update the top of this blog with final scores before signing off for the night. Please note that the next two Friday's I will be replaced by the Daily's assistant sports editor, Tommy Keeler. Now, he's not as witty or handsome as yours truly, but he'll pass along the same quality of information as I have in the past few weeks. Meanwhile, I'll spend the next two weeks preparing for my Oct. 4 wedding and the ensuing honeymoon, but I'll update the blog at times throughout the week and then check in on both Friday nights to contribute to the comments section. Thanks for everyone's participation, and be sure to check out Saturday's sports section for game recaps from Craig Juer, Tim Tassa and Jeremy Stafford, a diary courtesy of Sherando's Hunter Taylor, the Shenandoah football preview for Saturday's game against Ferrum, as well as a host of non-local content for this weekend's college football, NFL, NASCAR, golf and baseball action.
11:05 -- I had to come back and mention this: Andrew Thorne had 9 catches for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. Just...wow.
A running list of postponed games due to the weather:
Bassett vs. Mayodan McMichael, N.C., ppd. to Sep 29.
Chatham vs. Dan River, ppd. to Sep 29.
Floyd County vs. Tunstall, ppd. to Sep 29.
Jefferson Forest vs. Heritage-Lynchburg, ppd. to Sep 29.
Massanutten Military vs. Carlisle, ppd. to Sep 29.
Churchland vs. Lake Taylor, ppd. to Sep 27.
Norcom vs. Maury, ppd. to Sep 27.
Granby vs. Booker T. Washington, ppd. to Sep 27.
Huguenot vs. Lloyd Bird, ppd. to Sep 27.
Matoaca vs. Dinwiddie, ppd. to Sep 29.
Petersburg vs. Hopewell, ppd. to Sep 27.
Varina vs. Atlee, ppd. to Sep 29.
J.R. Tucker vs. Patrick Henry-Ashland, ppd. to Sep 29.
Mills Godwin vs. Hermitage, ppd. to Sep 29.
Hanover vs. Highland Springs, ppd. to Sep 29.
Douglas Freeman vs. TJ-Richmond, ppd. to Sep 29.
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot vs. Trinity Episcopal, ppd. to Sep 27.
John Marshall vs. Deep Run, ppd. to Sep 29.
Woodbridge vs. Franklin County, ppd. to Sep 27.
Hidden Valley vs. Northside, ppd. to Sep 29.
Fort Chiswell vs. George Wythe-Wytheville, ppd. to Sep 29.