High school athletes back in action : Skyline-Central football game highlights busy opening week

Skyline's Quentin Diggs tries to ward off Warren County's Robert Rutherford, left,  and his brother Joseph, right, during their game last season in Front Royal.  Diggs and the Hawks will host Central on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Skyline's Quentin Diggs tries to ward off Warren County's Robert Rutherford, left, and his brother Joseph, right, during their game last season in Front Royal. Diggs and the Hawks will host Central on Friday. Rich Cooley/Daily file

The high school season comes back in full force this week, including five local football games.

One of the biggest football games of the week is Central at Skyline at 7 p.m. Friday. Last year the game came down to the wire with Skyline winning 28-27.

The Hawks have a young and inexperienced team, and Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said his team just needs to gain experience and keep improving with each week.

Central is in a similar situation, as it has 24 sophomores on its team. He said that the key will be how quickly his young players can learn and adjust to the varsity level.

“We will be as good as these young sophomores develop quickly,” Yew said. “If they develop quickly, early, we can have a chance to be pretty good. If they develop later, we’ll be good at the end of the season.”

There are three other football games Friday:

Strasburg at Stonewall Jackson: The Rams have the lowest numbers (33 on varsity) of the three Shenandoah County schools. The Generals have around 70 players between junior varsity and varsity, and have high hopes to improve on a one-win season last year.

Louisa at Sherando: The Warriors face tough competition in the season opener, as the Lions are traditionally a playoff contender. Penn State University commit Dylan Rivers is back for his senior season at Sherando.

MMA at Quantico: Massanutten Military Academy looks to start the 2016 season with a road win. The Colonels went 0-10 last year.

Warren County at Handley (Saturday): The Wildcats open their season Saturday against a Handley squad that has lost 15 straight games. The Wildcats beat the Judges, 27-17, last season.

Volleyball

The volleyball season kicks off at 7 p.m. today as Skyline hosts Eastern View.

On Tuesday, Strasburg hosts Stonewall Jackson in the volleyball season opener for both teams. The Rams won both games last season.

Golf

The golf season is in full swing already, and the Shenandoah County meet will be held at Bryce Resort at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Cross Country

The cross country season starts Saturday for many teams in the area. Central hosts the Central Invitational at 9 a.m., with Central, Strasburg, Stonewall Jackson, Skyline and Warren County in the meet.

“I think there’s going to be 10-12 teams in it. It’s nice to be able to start the season off here on this course,” Central coach Melissa Wright said. “It should be a lot of good competition.”

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

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