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Goal-line stand: Generals muster numbers

QUICKSBURG -- Derrick Smith went into Stonewall Jackson's weight room just two weeks before the start of the season and was surprised by what he found -- a virtually empty room. comments

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Optimistic Falcons loaded with new starters

WOODSTOCK -- Central may have lost 21 seniors to graduation, but there's still good reason for optimism at the school this year. comments

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Barbour's time has come to lead Central's offense

WOODSTOCK -- Sam Barbour has waited patiently for his time, and this season he will lead a young Central squad onto the field. comments

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Eagles retool backfield for another run at state playoffs

BERRYVILLE -- The Clarke County High School football team broke new ground in the program's history last season, advancing further into the postseason than any previous Eagles squad before eventually falling in the Group 2A state quarterfinals. comments

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McDonald ready to bear heavier load for Clarke County

BERRYVILLE -- Sean McDonald is eager to take on a heavier load for Clarke County High School's football team this season. comments

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Speedy Judges out to regain top spot in Northwestern

WINCHESTER -- Handley has had some explosive teams over the years. That's why it says a lot about this year's team when head coach Tony Rayburn says this squad will be on par with some of the speedy teams from the past. comments

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Healthy Washington hoping to make impact for Handley

WINCHESTER -- Last season was a heart-breaking one for Justin Washington. comments

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James Wood hopes to show growth under McHale

WINCHESTER -- Mark McHale knew it wouldn't be easy turning things around at James wood when he took over the head coaching job last year. With a year under his belt, he and the entire team are in a better position as a new season gets started. comments

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Colonels' Hepner lands prized role as quarterback

WINCHESTER -- Brady Hepner is finally where he's always wanted to be. comments

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Haymore excited about Pioneers' positive vibe

WINCHESTER -- For Millbrook head football coach Josh Haymore, there's just something about this year's group of Pioneers. comments

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Gray provides long-range threat for Millbrook

WINCHESTER -- Tyler Gray's journey as a kicker began during his eighth-grade year at Admiral Byrd Middle School back in 2010. comments

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Sherando revamps to sustain solid momentum

STEPHENS CITY -- A spot in the state championship game tends to have an immediate and lasting impact on a football program. comments

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Warriors' Johnson eager to shoulder heavy load

STEPHENS CITY -- LeeQuan Johnson Jr., knew the score. comments

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Skyline intent on avoiding breakdown this season

FRONT ROYAL -- Members of Skyline's football team admit that the team fell apart down the stretch last season, as a combination of factors led to the Hawks losing six of their final seven games. comments

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Baltimore's unique talents a perfect fit for Hawks

FRONT ROYAL -- Jerrius Baltimore is a unique kind of football player for Skyline High School. comments

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Short-handed Generals' primary goal to stay healthy

QUICKSBURG -- It will certainly be a different kind of season for Stonewall Jackson this year. This year won't be about wins and losses so much as simply staying healthy and finishing the season. comments

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Strasburg aiming to erase disappointing memories

STRASBURG -- The 2013 season turned into a grind for Strasburg as injuries took their toll and the Rams lost six of their final seven games, limping to a 3-7 record and falling short of the Group 2A playoffs. comments

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Rams' Funk makes second home in weight room

STRASBURG -- Colton Funk is your prototypical gym rat, the type of player that every high school football coach wants and the type of player that every high school football coach seems to never have enough of. comments

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New Warren County coach Crist faces tall task

FRONT ROYAL -- Steve Crist faces quite a challenge in his first year as the head football coach at Warren County High School. comments

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Moon the man in the middle for Wildcats

FRONT ROYAL -- When Zach Moon looks around the football field at his Warren County teammates this season, things will look a little bit different. comments

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Colonels working toward rebound after winless campaign

WOODSTOCK -- The coaching never stops for Chris Gilliland. comments

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MMA's Holt takes serious approach to leadership role

WOODSTOCK -- Massanutten Military Academy's Joshua Holt isn't one to take his responsibilities lightly, especially not this season. comments

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Yellow Jackets tinkering to replace productive backfield

FRONT ROYAL -- You can't help but feel the Randolph-Macon Academy Yellow Jackets got a bit short-changed last season, through no fault of their own. comments

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R-MA's offensive line definitely an international effort

FRONT ROYAL -- Randolph-Macon Academy's football team has traditionally been a group capable of racking up frequent flyer miles, and this year's squad is no different. comments

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Withers brings changes to JMU football program

HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University's football team had many changes in the offseason, but all the changes may lead to plenty of success this season. comments

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Dukes' Steele not satisfied despite sterling season

HARRISONBURG -- Gage Steele had a sterling season for James Madison University's football team last year. However, don't expect the Warren County graduate and current JMU redshirt sophomore to get caught basking in the glory of his success. comments

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Shenandoah working to strengthen program's foundation

The foundation for Shenandoah University's football program was planted last fall. Now the Hornets have to continue to build on the progress that was made in 2013. comments

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Fiery Payne determined to lift Hornets to new heights

WINCHESTER -- Jake Payne doesn't need to be reminded about Shenandoah University's defensive numbers from a season ago. They're ingrained in the defensive lineman's brain. comments

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Shepherd has holes to fill on defensive line

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Over his 27 previous seasons as head coach at Shepherd, Monte Cater established certain standards: comments

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