WINCHESTER -- After 60 minutes of play, the ferocity that once was Averett's had become Shenandoah's.
The offensive potency that once was Averett's had become Shenandoah's.
The defensive acuteness, too.
And after 60 minutes of play, the game also became Shenandoah's, a 24-14 Hornets' win Saturday at Shentel Stadium, giving SU (3-5, 3-2 USA South) the most conference victories it's had since 2004.
WINCHESTER -- When Corey Giffing played outside linebacker at North East High School (Md.), his coaches typically saved film sessions for those rainy days when the school's practice field turned to a muddy, sloppy mess.
Because Giffing rarely watched film, he didn't understand the intricacies of football early in is career, he didn't quite know the importance of playing with a high football IQ.
Left with few alternatives, Giffing had only one approach to high school football: "I was just kinda the guy that would run around, trying to get to the football," Giffing said.
FERRUM -- Host Ferrum College snapped Shenandoah University's two-game football winning streak with a 56-20 USA South Conference win Saturday afternoon at Adams Field.
Ferrum (3-4, 3-1 USA South) rolled up 523 yards in total offense and scored a pair of special teams touchdowns to key the victory over Shenandoah (2-5, 2-2).
WINCHESTER -- Larry Gibbs knew. So did Paul Barnes.
With the number of plays Shenandoah linebacker Joshua Rogers made in preseason camp, Shenandoah's free safety and head coach knew Rogers would likely improve upon an already solid linebacker corps.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah quarterback Daniel Wright watched Methodist placekicker Tyler Mosko line up for a 29-yard field goal with 24 seconds left in Saturday night's homecoming game on Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.
Wright had to watch to see how the game would play out. The crowd's reaction, he said, is too difficult to interpret -- and he needed to be sure the Hornets weren't heading to overtime.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- Shenandoah University earned its first football win in over a season Saturday afternoon with a 7-6 USA South Conference win at Maryville College.
The loss snaps a 13-game losing streak for the Hornets (1-4, 1-1 USA South) and is the squad's first-ever victory over Maryville (1-4, 0-2).
CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Ross Metheny waited patiently Saturday.
He put on his helmet and waited some more as VMI completed a first down midway through the third quarter. Finally Virginia stopped VMI and forced a punt.
BRIDGEWATER -- Brad Martz sat slumped in his chair, fielding questions from local media. He bore marks of a man who had just left everything out on the field. His jersey was patches of brown and white, his one finger bloodstained and continuing to bleed.
WINCHESTER -- Not too long ago, Phil Volz imagined he'd play soccer in college. He had, after all, spent the greater portion of his high school career playing for his travel soccer team, Ashburn SC, and in a multitude of college showcases.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University baseball coach Kevin Anderson announced Thursday morning the path his team will take in attempting to earn a third straight trip to Appleton, Wis., and the NCAA National Championships.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah football coach Paul Barnes is often amazed during the Hornets' defensive team meetings. He blithely absorbs the meetings along with the rest of his team, which is making the transition from a base 4-3 scheme to a 3-4.
WINCHESTER -- As Sarah Moomau and her parents were headed to look at Longwood University, she had a bad feeling about it. The Handley girls tennis standout didn't think there was any way this school would be the right one for her.