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Dukes facing tough Maine squad to start CAA play

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University football head coach Mike Houston said the University of Maine gave the Dukes one of their toughest games last season. He said he expects more of the same when the two teams meet today at Bridgeforth Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Houston said he remembers last ...

Generals face challenge against undefeated Robert E. Lee

QUICKSBURG -- All season Stonewall Jackson has played teams that like to run the football. Today the Generals will face a different challenge as they take on a Robert E. Lee squad that likes to throw the football. The Generals host undefeated Robert E. Lee at 7 p.m. The Fighting Leemen are led ...

Falcons looking to build off of win over Generals

Central only played one match this week, but the Falcons victory over Stonewall Jackson on Monday may be just what they need to turn their season around. The Falcons beat the Generals 3-1 (25-14, 25-9, 19-25, 25-11) for their first win of the season. "Overall we did a good job," Central ...

JMU Football Notebook: Dukes stay united in tough times

HARRISONBURG -- It's been a tough week for James Madison University's running backs. Redshirt senior Cardon Johnson suffered a season-ending injury in JMU's 75-14 victory over Norfolk State University last weekend. Junior running back Trai Sharp found out on Saturday during the game that ...

Wildcats dominate line of scrimmage in victory

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County did exactly what they set out to do on Friday night. The Wildcats dominated both lines of scrimmage en route to a 35-8 Northwestern District football victory over James Wood. "It feels good," Warren County offensive lineman Jake DiPatre said. "Our team came out ...

Dukes remain undefeated with rout over Spartans

HARRISONBURG --A great win took a somber turn for James Madison University's football team on Saturday. The Dukes cruised to a 75-14 victory over Norfolk State University, but JMU junior running back Trai Sharp received bad news. Sharp was informed during the fourth quarter that his father ...

Warren County Football Notebook: Defense shines for Wildcats against Colonels

FRONT ROYAL -- Warren County's defensive line faced a tough challenge last Friday night when it faced a big James Wood offensive line. The Colonels had been having success running the ball against teams this season. However, Warren County held James Wood to only 94 rushing yards. Warren ...

Freshman see plenty of action in JMU rout

HARRISONBURG -- One big positive for James Madison University in its 75-14 victory over Norfolk State University was getting playing time for many players. JMU head coach Mike Houston said that he was able to play every dressed player who wasn't being red-shirted this season. "It was good ...

JMU’s Stinnie grows to enjoy playing on the offensive line

HARRISONBURG -- Aaron Stinnie didn't want any part of playing on the offensive line. After finishing his redshirt freshman season at James Madison University, the coaching staff came to Stinnie and told him they wanted him to switch from defensive line to offensive line. "I was definitely ...

Dukes not taking Norfolk State lightly

HARRISONBURG -- Even though Norfolk State University enters this week 0-2, James Madison University football head coach Mike Houston said he expects a challenge from the Spartans when the two teams meet today at Bridgeforth Stadium. Houston said that Norfolk State showed improvement from ...

Wildcats use bye week to get back on track

FRONT ROYAL -- The bye week may have come at the perfect time for Warren County last week. The Wildcats, coming off two losses, had time to work on things as they prepared to host James Wood tonight. "We worked on the little things," Warren County coach Brian Bush said. "And what we need to ...

Rams ready to face Rappahannock County

STRASBURG -- After a tough loss to Luray two weeks ago, Strasburg had a whole bye week to work on getting better. The Rams are hopeful the work will pay off when they play at Rappahannock County tonight. Strasburg coach Mark Roller said he feels pretty good about what the team accomplished ...

Generals face another tough challenge against Bulldogs

QUICKSBURG -- Things don't get any easier for Stonewall Jackson. Coming off three tough losses to quality opponents the Generals face yet another one tonight when they play at undefeated Luray. Despite being 0-3, the Generals are still entering the Shenandoah District game with an upbeat ...

Athlete of the Week: Central freshman Cardoso off to strong start

WOODSTOCK -- Jaclyn Cardoso couldn't have asked for a much better start to her freshman cross country season. The Central runner placed third last weekend in her third meet of the season, the Eastern Mennonite Invitational. "I'm a little surprised," Cardoso said of her season. "It's been ...

JMU Football Notebook: Running backs take on different role in Dukes’ win

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University's running backs had to take on a little bit of a different role in last weekend's 52-10 victory over East Tennessee State University. The Bucanneers typically went with eight or nine guys in the box to try to stop JMU's run game. The Dukes had to rely ...

Special teams helps lead way for Warriors in rout

STEPHENS CITY -- T.J. Washington was happily surprised on Friday night. The Sherando junior admitted after Friday's 77-7 victory over Broadway that he was a little surprised that the Gobblers kept punting the ball right to him during the first half. Washington ran two punts back for ...

Added depth on defensive line helping Dukes’ defense

HARRISONBURG -- JMU's defense has picked up where it left off at the end of last season. In the first two games the Dukes are allowing just 12 points and 268.5 yards per game. JMU coach Mike Houston said one key for the defense has been having a better understanding of where they're ...

Passing game, defense spark Dukes to victory

HARRISONBURG -- East Tennessee State took away James Madison University's running game on Saturday night. However, the Dukes' passing game and defense rose to the occasion. The Dukes built an early lead and cruised to a 52-10 victory in their home opener. "I'm very proud of the way our team ...