WOODSTOCK -- It certainly looked like the first game of the season for both Central's and Warren County's girls basketball teams when the two faced off in an early Bull Run District matchup on Monday night.
PURCELLVILLE -- Central's offense had been tough to contain for opposing defenses all season long, but the Falcons' high-powered attack was nowhere to be found in Saturday's Class 3A East regional semifinal game against Loudoun Valley.
PURCELLVILLE -- Central football coach Mike Yew knew from the moment he saw them in middle school that this year's senior class was going to be special. Even though the Falcons' season came up short on Saturday there's no question he was right.
WOODSTOCK -- Standing at just 5 feet, 4 inches and weighing 151 pounds, Central High School senior Daniel Molina doesn't exactly embody the image of a physical running back. But put a football in his hands, and Molina will gladly go toe to toe with any defender standing in his path.
WOODSTOCK -- Central has lived by the proverbial "bend but don't break" philosophy on defense all season long, and that mentality proved effective against visiting Poquoson in the second round of the Class 3A East regional playoffs on Saturday.
WOODSTOCK -- Central has seen plenty of opponents utilize run-heavy, misdirection offenses this season. Clarke County and George Mason both run the single-wing, Stonewall Jackson utilizes the flexbone triple-option and Spotswood's high-powered spread rushing attack has a little deception mixed in.
WOODSTOCK -- It seems as though every game this season, a different receiver has emerged as that go-to threat in Central's high flying passing attack. The Falcons' playmaking ability has been that diverse, and even head coach Mike Yew probably struggles to pinpoint which Central receiver is next in line for that breakout game.
WOODSTOCK --Central had a little extra motivation for its playoff game with Thomas Jefferson (Richmond) on Saturday. The third-seeded Falcons felt they weren't being respected around the state and they wanted to show they deserved their seeding.
WOODSTOCK -- Last week with a little help from other teams, Central was able to move up to the No. 3 seed in the Class 3A, East Region playoffs. Many times that would lead to a somewhat easy first-round match-up, but the Falcons are fully aware that will not be the case when they host 14th-seeded Thomas Jefferson (Richmond) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
STRASBURG -- Daniel Molina missed both of the Strasburg-Central games last season due to being out with an injury. The Central senior running back made the most of playing in the Shenandoah County rivalry game on Friday night.