Generals and Eagles to play at JMU to cap week in sports

Strasburg quarterback Ethan Duckworth scrambles in the backfield during a game against Clarke County earlier this season in Strasburg. The Rams host King William in the playoffs tonight.  Rich Cooley/Daily

Strasburg quarterback Ethan Duckworth scrambles in the backfield during a game against Clarke County earlier this season in Strasburg. The Rams host King William in the playoffs tonight. Rich Cooley/Daily

Stonewall Jackson High School’s football team will compete at a college venue this weekend when the Generals take on East Rockingham at James Madison University’s Bridgeforth Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Stonewall, still seeking its first win of 2016, is coming off a 51-8 road loss to Wilson Memorial on Friday night and has now scored just 8 points in its last four games. East Rockingham (3-2), which has lost three of its last four, fell to Riverheads, 49-28, last week.

The matchup between the Generals and the Eagles is one of three Saturday contests involving local football teams.

Skyline (1-5, 0-1 Northwestern) at James Wood (1-5, 0-1 Northwestern), 7 p.m. Friday: Skyline’s defensive woes continued last week in a 66-28 loss at home to Millbrook, marking the fourth straight game the Hawks have allowed at least 42 points. James Wood, like Skyline, lost its Northwestern District opener against Sherando, 34-0. One team will snap its four-game losing streak this week.

Strasburg (4-2, 1-1 Bull Run) at Warren County (1-5, 0-3 Bull Run), 7 p.m. Friday: Warren County enters this week’s contest against the Rams having lost a pair of district matchups during a rare two-game week last week. The Wildcats fell to William Monroe on the road last Friday, 35-10, and have now lost four straight. Strasburg is coming off its own blowout loss, a 52-14 setback at home against Clarke County in which the Rams’ defense allowed 434 rushing yards.

“We’ve gotta come back and respond and regroup and get ready for Warren County. They’re playing well,” Strasburg coach Mark Roller said after last week’s loss, adding that he wants to see the Rams more disciplined on both sides of the football.

“That’s the thing that I think we need to focus on is getting those false starts and some of the mistakes – penalties, late hits, personal fouls. I like the aggressiveness but we’ve got to turn it back a little bit and just be a little bit more knowledgeable of our surroundings.”

Riverside (2-5) at Central (5-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Like Warren County, Central played two games in a five-day span last week, but unlike the Wildcats, the Falcons emerged victorious both times. The Falcons set a school record with 543 rushing yards in a 45-26 win over Madison County last Friday and now get a break from district play with a contest against a Riverside squad coming off its second win in the program’s short history, a 31-13 victory over George Mason.

Sherando (3-3, 1-0 Northwestern) at Handley (1-5, 0-0 Northwestern), 1 p.m. Saturday:Sherando picked up its second straight win with its victory over James Wood last week and now travels to the Handley Bowl to take on a Judges squad in the midst of a five-game slide. The Warriors have outscored their last two opponents by a combined score of 75-12.

Massanutten Military Academy (0-7) at Randolph-Macon Academy (3-1), 2 p.m. Saturday: Both military schools will compete in their annual rivalry game this weekend but before they square off, R-MA will take on Fredericksburg Christian at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The Yellow Jackets have won three straight while MMA was shut out for the third straight time in a 52-0 loss to Rappahannock County last week.

Golf

Stonewall Jackson’s golf team will compete in the Group 1A state tournament today and Tuesday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg, marking the Generals’ first trip to a state tournament since they were the runners-up in the Group 2A championship round in 2013.

The Generals are coming off a second-place effort in the Region 1A East tournament, a round at London Downs in Altavista in which they finished a stroke behind the host school. Junior Nick Dotson led Stonewall with an 83 in last week’s regional tournament, while junior Yash Desai was the lone General to advance to the state meet a year ago.

Stonewall, which hasn’t played in an official tournament at Heritage Oaks since their season-opening round in August, will be one of four teams competing for the state championship trophy alongside Altavista, George Wythe (the Region 1A West champ) and Auburn.

Cross country

A trio of local schools will compete in the Bull Run District cross country championships this week as Central will host the eight-team field that also includes Strasburg and Warren County. Central’s boys won the district title last season.

Volleyball

Central, Sherando and Strasburg each play a pair of conference volleyball matches this week. Central hosts Clarke County Tuesday before traveling to George Mason on Thursday. Sherando travels to Handley (Tuesday) and James Wood (Thursday) and Strasburg is on the road today and Tuesday against Clarke and Madison County, respectively.

Stonewall Jackson plays three matches this week, including a Conference 44 matchup at Luray today. Warren County plays two matches this week, including a conference game at home against William Monroe on Thursday, while Skyline plays at James Wood on Tuesday in a Northwestern District match.

College football

Shenandoah University (3-2) evened its Old Dominion Athletic Conference record at 1-1 with a 36-33 comeback win at Emory & Henry on Saturday. After struggling to establish a consistent rushing attack for three straight games, the Hornets received a 137-yard rushing performance from Cedrick Delaney in the victory.

No. 7 James Madison University (5-1, 3-0 CAA) held off William & Mary, 31-24, on Saturday and will now travel to New Hampshire for a noon kickoff this weekend.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com

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