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Opening night: Sherando QBs, Clarke County offense under spotlight as prep football begins

Given Corey Rice's performance in his three starts last season -- 22-of-33 for 304 yards and a touchdown -- it's no wonder Sherando coach Bill Hall named him the Warriors' starting quarterback for Sherando's game tonight at Park View.

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District realignments, lack of star power generates questions

mont_hand11.22.8wilsontd.jpg The new season is here, and with it comes a number of questions. With several stars heading to college football and district realignments wreaking havoc in the Shenandoah Valley, the changes have clouded expectations.
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QB wants to restore program's luster

sherfey_matt8.19.9.jpg WOODSTOCK -- Matt Sherfey saw first hand what playoff football was all about. As Central made it to the postseason for the second year in a row, he was there on the sidelines.
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Two-way player carries his weight

washington_elijah8.14.9.jpg WINCHESTER -- Elijah Washington loves the weight room. He enjoys going in and challenging himself day after day, pushing himself to hit a new mark. It's that mentality that's helped him become the strongest player on Handley's team and molded him into one of the team's leaders.
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Signal caller ponders college football, deals with high expectations

tinsman_trae8.12.9.jpg WINCHESTER -- It was a busy summer for Trae Tinsman. The James Wood senior spent most of it traveling from one football camp to another, but that's the life of a recruit trying to gain more attention from college programs.
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Versatile lineman brings experience

murrel_doug8.20.9.jpg WINCHESTER -- Doug Murrell learned how to play on the offensive line the hard way. As a sophomore he was forced into the starting lineup and had to go against players such as Sherando's Joey Christine, who was all-state on the defensive line that year.
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Weight room addict ready to help push team in 2009

sherando_newman8.14.09.jpg STEPHENS CITY -- It's hard to tell whether Sherando linebacker Baxter Newman is flexing or not. The deep crevices of his arms, which define first his shoulder, then his triceps and biceps before slithering down to his forearm, suggest that he probably is flexing.
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Sophomore develops into reliable QB

sj_pirtle2_8.14.9.jpg QUICKSBURG -- The pressure was certainly there. As a freshman last season, John-Michael Pirtle was named starting quarterback when Dylan Dawson, the previous starter, was moved to tailback before the Generals' season opener.
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Senior brings versatility on both sides

caison_damien8.18.9.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- The art of blocking, at first, came easy for Damien Caison. As a tight end at Warren County, Caison had only to set himself on the line of scrimmage, take one or two hard steps, and engage the bulky defensive end or linebacker in front of him.
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Falcons optimistic as football practice commences

WOODSTOCK -- Central players walked onto the practice field Monday morning with a new level of enthusiasm.

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