Skyline-Handley highlights busy week of football

Skyline's Ryan Scott looks for yardage as Central's Carston Shockey waits to make the tackle during their game on Aug. 26. Skyline hosts Handley on Friday on senior night. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Skyline's Ryan Scott looks for yardage as Central's Carston Shockey waits to make the tackle during their game on Aug. 26. Skyline hosts Handley on Friday on senior night. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Friday will be one of the busiest high school football nights of the season with eight local games.

One of the biggest rivalry games will be Skyline hosting Handley in a Northwestern District contest.

The Hawks (1-6) are coming off a tough loss against James Wood. The Judges were defeated by rival Sherando, 56-0, over the weekend.

Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said he hopes the team can put it together on senior night.

“It’s our last game for our seniors at home,” Gilbert said. “We’re 0-4 at home right now. So there wouldn’t be anything better for those guys than to have a final victory at Skyline.”

Madison County (4-3) at Strasburg (5-2): The Rams are coming off big second-half rally against Warren County. They will be facing a high-powered Mountaineers’ offense that is averaging 32.1 points per game.

Central (6-1) at William Monroe (4-3): The Falcons have scored over 35 points in three straight games. The Dragons are undefeated at home this season.

Stonewall Jackson (0-7) at Buffalo Gap (5-2): The Generals are still searching for their first win of the year, but it won’t be easy on the road against a solid Buffalo Gap squad.

Stonewall Jackson coach Jay Goode said that his players just need to keep giving it everything they’ve got.

“It’s been a tough road this year, disappointing,” Goode said. “We got three more weeks. Just keep battling through, just keep our heads up, keep playing is all you can do.”

Warren County (1-6) at George Mason (2-5): The Wildcats will have to regroup after a tough loss to Strasburg, in which they led 21-7 at the half. The Mustangs have lost five straight games.

Sherando (4-3) at Fort Hill (Md.) (7-0): The Warriors lost a close game to Fort Hill last year at home. The Sentinels, who won a state title last year, are averaging 53.9 points per game.

Christchurch School (2-2) at R-MA (4-2): The Yellow Jackets are averaging 29 points per contest. R-MA has won four of its last five games.

MMA (0-8) at Hancock (Md.) (1-6): The Colonels are trying to bounce back from a 58-6 loss to R-MA. The Panthers won their first game of the year this weekend, 59-14, over Hundred High School (W.Va.).

Cross country
The only varsity cross country meet of the week is the Shenandoah County meet held at Central’s North Street Course at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Rivals Central, Strasburg and Stonewall Jackson will face off in the meet. Central and Strasburg competed in the Bull Run District meet least week on the same course with Central winning the boys district title.

It is the last time this season that the three local cross country teams will compete against each other as the Generals are a Group 1A school, and Central and Strasburg are both Group 2A schools.

Volleyball
There are plenty of district contests this week in volleyball, with the regular season winding down. There will also be a lot of pink this week.

Strasburg hosts George Mason in a ‘pink night’ game (for cancer) on Tuesday. Central also hosts Warren County on its ‘pink night’ Tuesday. Warren County hosts Strasburg in a ‘pink night’ on Thursday.

Sherando hosts Frederick County rival Millbrook on Tuesday as well.

Skyline hosts Sherando on Thursday in a Northwestern District contest. Stonewall Jackson will host Buffalo Gap Thursday in a Shenandoah District battle.

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

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