Skyline-Brentsville football highlights week in local sports

Skyline looked like a different football team last Friday against Broadway when compared to the Hawks’ squad that showed up in the season opener against Central two weeks ago. Now the Hawks are hoping to carry that positive momentum into Week 3.

Skyline hosts Brentsville at 7 p.m. Friday in one of seven local high school games on tap this week. The Hawks (1-1) are coming off a 45-21 win at Broadway, a rout in which they churned out nearly 600 yards of offense while the defense forced seven sacks and three turnovers.

“(We have) so many young kids and this is amazing for them,” Hawks coach Heath Gilbert said following the win. “That’s exactly what I told them, I was like look at what kind of team we were at Dominion (in a scrimmage on Aug. 12). You watch the film of Dominion and you’re looking at it like, man, we’re gonna go 0-10. It was that bad.”

The Hawks, who fell at Brentsville last season 27-14, host a Tigers (1-0) squad that beat William Monroe 38-20 in their opener last week.

Six other local games highlight this week’s high school football schedule:

Strasburg (1-1) at Riverside (0-2) (Thursday): Strasburg will look to bounce back from a blowout loss to East Rockingham last week with a rare Thursday night matchup against second-year program Riverside. Last year Strasburg was a 27-6 winner over Riverside, which is still seeking its first win in program history.

Stonewall Jackson (0-2) at Parry McCluer (1-1): Stonewall Jackson is coming off a 40-18 loss to Central last week in a game that also saw the Generals lose starting quarterback Brendan Hoover to a broken collarbone. Parry McCluer, coming off a 20-0 loss to Buffalo Gap, beat Stonewall last season.

Warren County (0-1) at James Wood (1-1): Warren County is coming off an early bye week after dropping its opener to Handley two weeks ago. James Wood, a 23-6 winner over Park View last Friday, beat the Wildcats in a shootout last season.

Washington (W.Va.) (0-2) at Sherando (0-2): After dropping a heartbreaker in the final seconds of its season opener, Sherando hung tough with Martinsburg (West Virginia) in a close loss last week and will seek its first win of 2016 against the Patriots. Washington is coming off a 68-8 loss to Oakdale (Maryland).

R-MA (0-1) at St. Anne’s-Belfield (1-0): R-MA dropped its season opener 42-26 to Potomac School last Saturday and will look to rebound Friday against the Saints, who beat Hargrave Military Academy 32-27 last week.

Grace Christian (0-2) at MMA (0-2) (Saturday): MMA suffered its second straight blowout loss of 2016 in an 83-6 defeat at the hands of Roanoke Catholic last week. Grace Christian fell to Fishburne by a touchdown.


Two rivalry matchups kick off the sports week on the volleyball court today as Stonewall Jackson hosts Strasburg and Warren County hosts cross-town rival Skyline. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Strasburg and Stonewall have already met on the court once this season, as they squared off on Aug. 30 in what was the season opener for both squads. Strasburg won that matchup in five games, though the Rams (1-3) – who also travel to Page County on Thursday – have lost all three of their matches since then. Stonewall (0-4) is still seeking its first victory of 2016.

“We’ve just gotta keep working. I still have my confidence in them,” Generals head coach Lindsey Dinges said following a loss to Central last week.

“These non-district games are getting them prepared for our district and our conference, so I’m still confident.”

Skyline and Warren County will meet on the court for the first time this season and both are seeking their second win of 2016 in the Conference 28 matchup. The Hawks (1-4) have lost four straight, while Warren County (1-1) hasn’t played since a win over Manassas Park on Aug. 25. The two Front Royal teams split two meetings last season.

Central, which picked up its first win since 2014 last week, has non-conference games against Eastern Mennonite (today) and East Rockingham (Thursday), while Sherando hosts Conference 21 West foe Harrisonburg (today) and travels to Martinsburg,  West Virginia, on Thursday.

Cross country

Central, Skyline and Strasburg will compete in the Eastern Mennonite Invitational on Saturday morning, while Warren County and Sherando will race in the Handley Invitational that same day.

College football

Shenandoah University will play its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday with a non-conference matchup against Ferrum. The Hornets opened the season with a 43-6 win over Gallaudet over the weekend.

James Madison University opened its 2016 season in record fashion with an 80-7 drubbing of Morehead State on Saturday, and the Dukes remain at home this week for a 4 p.m. contest against Central Connecticut State.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com