Falcons, Wildcats searching for momentum

Warren County's Robert Rutherford scrambles for yardage against Madison County last Friday night in Front Royal. The Wildcats will travel to Woodstock tonight to take on the Central Falcons. Rich Cooley/Daily

Entering this week’s game, Warren County and Central are in the same boat.

Each team is 1-3 and desperate for a win that could help turn its season around. The game has been moved to Thursday at 7 p.m. due to impending weather.

“We’re both in the need of a win,” Central coach Mike Yew said. “(Thursday) night if there’s anything in the playbook you’re liable to see it from either one of us.”

The Falcons are coming off a 27-6 loss to Clarke County. Central had some opportunities to make it a closer game, but one play here or one play there kept them from scoring or led to Clarke County points.

Yew said the Falcons need to play more sound football.

“We’ve did a lot of good things every game we’ve played this year, and at the same time we’ve made silly, silly mistakes,” Yew said. “When we make a silly mistake it seems to happen at the worst time and we pay for them in a big way.”

Central’s defense will once again be tested by a Warren County offense that has been solid most of the season. Warren County quarterback Robert Rutherford has not only made plays through the air but also on the ground.

Rutherford said his wide receivers have played a big role in his success throwing the football.

“With our receiving core there’s so many weapons,” Rutherford said. “If I get in trouble I look for Cam Ford or Brendan McMackin or Daniel Spangler, and they’ll get open for me.”

Central’s defense has given up some yardage and points to some explosive teams this season, but the players believe things will start to turn around for them.

“I think were going to progress from here on out,” Central senior Todd Stocking said. “… I think we’re going to have a pretty good game this week, and I think we’ll start clicking better.”

Warren County has also given up some points and some yards defensively this year, and the Wildcats will face another challenge against Central.

The Falcons are led by Hank Hoover, who has rushed for 489 yards and six touchdowns. Central quarterback Jordon Hosaflook has also thrown for 455 yards on 27 for 64 passing. Central has seven different receivers with at least two catches.

“We’ve played some good running backs. It’s been a combination of things, good running backs, good offensive lines,” Warren County coach Steve Crist said. “We haven’t made plays when we’ve had the opportunity to take them at times. Those things kind of add up a little bit. We continue to work and work to get better.”

The Falcons have a little extra motivation as it is their Homecoming game. Hoover said that definitely adds a little something to the game.

“It’s a big thing being a senior and Homecoming, so it would be really good to have that win for Homecoming,” Hoover said. “… I know our record isn’t showing it, but I don’t think that matters. I think you’re going to see a big change in us after this game.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com