2016 Football preview

Tech’s Facyson hoping 2016 marks return to form

BLACKSBURG – Brandon Facyson sometimes pulls out game film from his 2013 season at Virginia Tech. He insists it’s “just for the memories,” but what he sees on that tape is a freshman cornerback who led the Hokies with five interceptions in a defensive secondary that included three ...

Early decision pays off for JMU’s Ravenel

HARRISONBURG -- Brandon Ravenel wasn't budging. When the James Madison University senior wide receiver was entering his freshman year of high school at North Stafford High School he came to a team camp at JMU and fell in love with the place. "I kind of told myself If I'm ever fortunate ...

Football Preview 2016: Playing for Central special for Shockey

WOODSTOCK - Having a father as a coach, Carston Shockey grew up around Central football. Shockey was often around practices, watching the team year after year. So it's no surprise that wearing the blue and gold is pretty special for the senior. "It means the world to me, just representing ...

Football Preview 2016: Millbrook’s Kier has special hero

WINCHESTER – Millbrook fans – inside the high school and outside in the stands – consider  college football recruit P.K. Kier a hero. After all, he maintains nearly a 4.0 grade-point-average, according to his coach, and Kier also rushed for more than 1,300 yards last season in one ...

Football Preview 2016: Victory over Clarke turned Millbrook season around

WINCHESTER – Millbrook football coach Josh Haymore can remember the point last season when he and his staff began to think they had the program headed in the right direction. "Clarke County," he said without blinking. "It wasn't so much that we won the game, but that we learned to compete ...

Football Preview 2016: Youth will play key role in Colonels’ success

WINCHESTER -- James Wood will have a blend of youth and experience this season. The Colonels lost some valuable players from last year's squad, but despite having only 33 varsity players they have some depth at key positions. The biggest piece missing for the Colonels is 2016 graduate ...

Football Preview 2016: Experienced Carroll ready to lead James Wood

WINCHESTER - Last year James Wood quarterback Dade Carroll had a strong running game to help ease him into his role on the team. This season with James Wood 2016 graduate Tyler Bishop gone, Carroll will have a little more on his shoulders and he's OK with that. Carroll feels confident ...

Football Preview 2016: Mudd excited to be back on field for Judges

WINCHESTER -- All Tyler Mudd could do was watch. Last year, as Handley's football team went 0-10, Mudd was stuck on the sidelines.The wide receiver/defensive back tore the meniscus in his knee in the preseason and couldn't play a single down for the Judges. "It was devastating, because I ...

Football Preview 2016: Tasker ready to lead Skyline receiving corps

FRONT ROYAL - Aaron Tasker has had plenty of players to learn from over the years, but this season the senior wide receiver will be the one doing the leading. Tasker is the only starting wide receiver returning, and is looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role. "I'm trying to ...

Football Preview 2016: Pritchett’s versatility key for Rams

STRASBURG -- Strasburg's Josh Pritchett has played all over the field for the Rams during his high school career. The senior's versatility is just one of the reasons he's been a big part of the team the last three years. "He's such a good athlete that you can put him at a couple different ...

Football Preview 2016: Ziemba excited for senior season with Rams

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- There's his football family and his real family for Jeff Ziemba. The two are intertwined. He's been with some Shepherd teammates for five years, counting their redshirt freshmen seasons, and they've become as close as brothers. Then there's Ziemba's real brother, ...

Football Preview 2016: Shepherd looking to build on 2015 success

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- No summation of Shepherd's 2015 season fits more than one tendered by Rams defensive back Te Sullivan: "We made history, but we fell short of history," he said. True enough. The Rams reached the program's first Division II national championship game, but Shepherd ...

Football Preview 2016: Youth will be served for Falcons this season

WOODSTOCK-- Central football coach Mike Yew is in a familiar position this season. The Falcons have a young squad with 24 sophomores on the team. It was just six years ago when Central had a large group of sophomores on the squad and that group went on to have a lot of success over the next ...

Football Preview 2016: Handley eager for a win under new coach

WINCHESTER -- Handley enters this season on a 15-game losing streak and first-year coach John Davis said it's important for his team to stay even-keeled as they try to pick up that first win. Davis said it's important for his players not to try to do too much and stay positive. "We're on ...

Football Preview 2016: Rams looking to win with smaller team

STRASBURG – Strasburg football coach Mark Roller may not have as many kids out for this year's team as he would like, but he still believes they can have a successful season. Roller said that it will be important for his team, which has 30 players, to stay healthy. "I know there are a ...

Football Preview 2016: Optimism high for Stonewall in Goode’s second year

QUICKSBURG – There’s a certain vibe running through members of Stonewall Jackson High School’s football program as the 2016 season approaches, one that is markedly different than last year. This year marks the second for the Generals under head coach Jay Goode, bringing a sense of ...

Football Preview 2016: Sherando’s Hayes primed with new mindset

STEPHENS CITY – Spend enough time with Sherando High School’s football program and you’ll eventually hear head coach Bill Hall stressing the importance of his players “living in the moment.” It’s a mentality Hall has been preaching to his players for some time now, and it’s one ...

Football Preview 2016: A healthy Rogers prepared to lead Eagles’ backfield

BERRYVILLE — When a running back rushes for over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns in a season, it’s pretty much expected that he’s the feature back for his team. Or that he accumulated those 1,300 yards over the course of a full season. But if either of those thoughts came across your mind ...

Football Preview 2016: State title appearance make Eagles eager to return

BERRYVILLE – Making it to a state championship game isn’t easy. Neither is placing double-digit players on the first and second VHSL all-state teams. In 2015, however, Clarke County was able to do both, advancing to the 2A state title game and having 13 selections to the all-VHSL squad, ...