Much at stake for area football teams this week

Central's Carston Shockey looks for running room as Strasburg's Ethan Duckworth pursues during second-quarter action Friday night in Woodstock. A win  by Strasburg and Central this Friday would give them a share of the Bull Run District title. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central's Carston Shockey looks for running room as Strasburg's Ethan Duckworth pursues during second-quarter action Friday night in Woodstock. A win by Strasburg and Central this Friday would give them a share of the Bull Run District title. Rich Cooley/Daily

The last week of the football regular season highlights a big week in local high school sports.

A lot is at stake for several of the football teams in the area. Some have a playoff berth on the line, while for others a win will move them higher up in the playoff seedings.

Here’s a look at the six games this week:

William Monroe (5-4) at Strasburg (7-2): A win guarantees Strasburg at least a share of the Bull Run District title. It would also likely give the Rams a higher seed in the Group 2A, East Region playoffs.

The Rams are coming off a big 7-0 win over Central.

“I think it’s a tremendous win for our guys,” Strasburg coach Mark Roller said of the Central victory. “It puts us in a great spot going into the playoffs. We got a home game next week with William Monroe, and a chance to have one (home game in the playoffs) or possibly more depending on how well we do after that. It’s a great win for this program.”

Central (7-2) at George Mason (2-7): Just like Strasburg, Central has a chance to claim a share of the Bull Run District title with a victory.

Central coach Mike Yew said he hoped his team learned a lesson from the Strasburg loss.

“I think the one thing we can hope from this is that we don’t look beyond anybody and take anything for granted,” Yew said. “I think we were ready to celebrate a Bull Run District title, and you gotta finish the job before you can celebrate and enjoy everything. We may have put the cart before the horse.”

Skyline (2-7) at Warren County (2-7): Both teams will be playing for pride and county bragging rights in their final game of the season.

Both teams are coming off lopsided losses and will try to get back on track as they end their season.

Stonewall Jackson (0-9) at Luray (5-4): The Generals will try to finish their season with a win, in what has been an injury-plagued year.

Last year the Generals lost a close contest to the Bulldogs.

Sherando (5-4) at Millbrook (8-1): The Warriors need a win to have any shot at making the Group 4A playoffs.

The Northwestern District title will also be on the line when these two Frederick County rivals meet. The Pioneers currently have one of the top seeds in the Group 4A, West Region playoffs.

Covenant (3-6) at R-MA (5-3): The Yellow Jackets need to win to have a shot at making the playoffs.

The game will be played at 3 p.m., Thursday. The Yellow Jackets will be trying to cap off one of their best regular season records in recent history with a win.

Volleyball

The playoffs start today for most of the area volleyball teams and feature two big rivalries.

Warren County will host Skyline at 6 p.m. today in the Conference 28 tournament quarterfinals. The Wildcats, the second seed, won both of the meetings in the regular season.

Central will play at Strasburg at 7 p.m. today in the first round of the Conference 35 tournament.

The two teams just played Thursday with Central pulling out a five-set win, only its second of the season.

“We know what its going to be like, and so we’re going to gun for them an they’re going to do the same thing for us,” Central coach Alyssa Bane said after Thursday’s win. “We’ll be ready. I think this gives us a tremendous amount of confidence.”

Sherando will be playing at Woodgrove at 6 p.m. today in the quarterfinals of the Conference 21 West tournament.

The Warriors lost earlier this season to the Wolverines.

Stonewall Jackson will start its postseason against William Campbell at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Conference 44 tournament quarterfinals.

The Generals won a first round game last season in the tournament.

Cross country

There will be four regional cross country meets this week, with a trip to the state meet on the line.

Skyline’s girls team and Warren County’s boys team along with individuals from Warren County’s girls and Skyline’s boys teams will be in the Group 3A East Region meet. The meet will be held at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Stonewall Jackson’s boys and girls teams will be running in the Group 1A East Region meet at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville. The meet will start at 3 p.m.

Stonewall Jackson’s girls team won the Conference 44 meet last week,and finished second in the region last year.

On Wednesday, Strasburg and Central’s boys and girls teams will run at Panorama Farms in the Group 2A East Region meet at 3 p.m.

The Falcons, who finished second in the state last year, will have plenty of tough competition in the meet. Defending state champion Maggie Walker Governor’s School will be trying to repeat as region champions. Wilson Memorial will also be a contender.

“Maggie Walker is just an elite group, but we have our eye on their back, and if things fall into place you never know,” Central coach Melissa Wright said.

Sherando didn’t qualify the boys or girls teams to the Group 4A West Region meet, which will be held at Kernstown Battlefield in Winchester at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. However, Sherando’s Hayden Williams, Stella Williams and Paige Conner all qualified individually.

Basketball

Massanuten Military Academy’s postgraduate basketball team starts its regular season Tuesday.

MMA hosts Capital Christian at 7 p.m. Then on Thursday MMA hosts Scotland Performance Institute at 7 p.m.

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

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