County rivals Central, Stonewall highlight busy football week

Central's Kyle Clanton runs for the sidelines as he is chased by Skyline's Justin Jenkins during their game Friday night in Front Royal. The Falcons play at Stonewall Jackson this week. Rich Cooley/Daily

For the second straight week two Shenandoah County teams will be going toe-to-toe in high school football action this Friday.

Central (1-0) plays at Stonewall Jackson (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in the second game of the season for both teams.

The Falcons are coming off a 34-13 victory over Skyline. Central’s offensive line dominated the Hawks, with senior Carston Shockey rushing for 118 yards on 24 carries with four touchdowns.

The Generals suffered a 13-12 loss to Strasburg. Stonewall Jackson led 6-0 at halftime, but couldn’t hang on.

Central coach Mike Yew said he expects it to be a tough game.

“I expect a lot of emotion. We’re excited about it,” Yew said. “Any time you play Stonewall or Strasburg the record kind of goes out the window, and you just got to go play football and execute.’

There are four other football games on Friday and one on Saturday.

Strasburg (1-0) at East Rockingham (1-0): The Rams will look to build off their win over Stonewall Jackson. They face a very solid Eagles’ squad, who beat Spotswood in their season opener. The Rams defeated the Eagles last year.

Sherando (0-1) at Martinsburg (1-0): This is usually one of the top games in the area each season. Last year the Warriors got the win. Sherando will be trying to bounce back from a tough 22-21 loss to Louisa.

Skyline (0-1) at Broadway (0-1): Broadway is coming off a 40-0 loss to Albemarle. Skyline turned the ball over four times against Central. Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said his team will get better with each week.

“The team that we (were Friday) isn’t going to be the finished prodcut that we’re going to be down the road,” Gilbert said. “So the kids have to trust the process and keep working hard, and it’s going to get better.”

Roanoke Catholic (0-1) at MMA (0-1): The Colonels will look for a better outing this week, after a 61-0 loss to Quantico in their opener. Roanoke Catholic lost 34-14 to North Cross in its opener.

R-MA (0-0) at Potomac School (0-0) (Saturday): The Yellow Jackets have a lot of returners from last year’s 4-5 team. Former Skyline standout quarterback Corban Ruch will be looking to lead the way with his arm and his legs.


Central plays at Stonewall Jackson at 7 p.m. on Monday in a battle of Shenandoah County teams. Both teams are searching for their first victory of the season.

Skyline has two tough Conference 28 contests next week. The Hawks host William Monroe at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and travel to Brentsville on Thursday.

In Skyline’s four-set loss to Clarke County last week, the Hawks had some strong contributions from their bench.

“When people get hurt or just worn out you got to look to them,” Skyline coach Erika Berry said of her bench. “They’ve been stepping up whether it be the front row, back row, middle wherever I throw them in the mix.”


Shenandoah University and James Madison University have season openers on Saturday.

The Hornets play at Gallaudet at 7 p.m., while JMU hosts Morehead State University at 6 p.m.

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