Falcons, Wildcats kick off sports week with Monday night football
Mother Nature had its fun with some of the local high school games last week, as heavy rainfall forced several cancellations and postponements. One result of the area’s heavy dose of rain is a rare two-game week for the varsity football teams from Central and Warren County high schools.
The Falcons and Wildcats, originally scheduled to face off last Friday night, will kick off their Bull Run District matchup at Warren County at 7 tonight. Both teams will turn right back around and play another football game Friday night, with Central (3-1) scheduled to host Madison County at 7:30 and Warren County (1-3) set to travel to William Monroe at 7 p.m.
A full slate of high school football games is on tap this week, with six other football games scheduled for the end of the week:
James Wood (1-4) at Sherando (2-3), 7 p.m. Friday: In another game impacted by last week’s weather, the Warriors’ homecoming contest against the Colonels was pushed back a week. It will be the Northwestern District opener for Sherando, which is coming off a 47-12 win over Jefferson County (West Virginia) on Sept. 23 in which senior Nathan Wagner scored four touchdowns. The Warriors beat James Wood 14-10 last season.
Millbrook (5-1) at Skyline (1-4), 7 p.m. Friday: Since picking up a victory over Broadway in Week 2, Skyline has been outscored 146-35 and has been shut out twice in a span of three straight losses. The Hawks open Northwestern District play this week against a Pioneers squad averaging 38 points per game and coming off a 61-12 win over Rock Ridge.
Stonewall Jackson (0-5) at Wilson Memorial (1-4), 7 p.m. Friday: The struggles continued for Stonewall Jackson last week in a 27-0 loss at home to Stuarts Draft, the third consecutive shutout suffered by the Generals. Wilson Memorial, coming off a 34-33 loss to Luray, has allowed 30 or more points in a game three times this season.
Clarke County (3-2) at Strasburg (4-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Strasburg won its third straight game with a 25-14 victory on the road at George Mason last week. The Rams will be seeking a 2-0 start in Bull Run District play against a Clarke County squad that rolled to a 62-0 win over William Monroe. The Eagles shut out the Rams in Berryville last season.
Rappahannock County (2-3) at Massanutten Military Academy (0-6), 4 p.m. Friday: MMA suffered a 53-0 loss to Hargrave Military Academy last week, marking their second straight shutout defeat and third this season. The Colonels are averaging just 3 points per game in 2016.
Randolph-Macon Academy (3-1) at Fredericksburg Christian (1-4), 2 p.m. Saturday: R-MA has won three straight after a 21-0 win over Fishburne Military School last week. Fredericksburg Christian has dropped four in a row, including a 29-22 loss to Norfolk Christian last week.
Local high school golf teams are already in the thick of playoff action, and all six schools will be represented in various regional tournaments scheduled for today and Tuesday.
Central, coming off its second straight Conference 35 championship, will take its team to Heritage Oaks in Harrisonburg for the Region 2A East tournament. Strasburg will send sophomores Austin Stickles – a Group 2A state qualifier last season – and Seth Stickley to the same meet.
Central golf coach Jeff Walters said after the Falcons’ conference victory last Monday, everything accomplished after is just “icing on the cake.”
“The one thing is, it’s a close place. We’re gonna be able to get a practice round in there and just go from there, roll the dice and see what happens,” Walters said last week. “But it’s all icing on the cake.”
Also on today, Stonewall Jackson will travel to London Downs in Altavista for the Region 1A East tournament after placing second as a team in the Conference 44 meet held at the same location last week.
Sherando, which won the Conference 21 West title nearly two weeks ago, will travel to Algonkian Golf Course in Sterling on Tuesday for the Region 4A North tournament.
That same day, Skyline’s Lauren Sims and Warren County’s Jacob Loughlin will compete in the Region 3A East tournament at New Kent after both fired 82s to qualify in the Conference 28 meet.
A couple rivalry matches kick off the week, beginning today when Central (1-10) travels to Strasburg (4-7) for a Bull Run District/Conference 35 matchup. That game is a make-up of last week’s postponement. Sherando (5-6) hosts Northwestern District/Conference 21 West rival Millbrook on Tuesday.
Central, Stonewall Jackson and Strasburg each play three volleyball matches this week.
Sherando and Skyline will compete in a Northwestern District mini at Millbrook on Wednesday before returning to action on Saturday. Sherando, along with Central, will compete in the Albemarle Invitational this weekend, while Skyline will take part in the Robinson Invitational.
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