WINCHESTER -- Maryland suburbia, in spots, is drenched in football tradition. There are those classic Washington Catholic Athletic Conference battles between Good Counsel and Dematha, which draw crowds by the thousands every year; there is the recent rise of the Montgomery County Class 4A Sherwood Warriors, who often rank among Maryland's top 10 programs.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah strong safety Larry Gibbs leads the USA South with six interceptions. Traveling to conference-leading N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday, Gibbs will have plenty of opportunities to add to his total.
WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah Hornets (1-6, 0-4) still boast the best defense in the USA South conference. They still boast the best scoring defense, the best pass defense and the best total defense. They allow the fewest first downs and the fewest fourth-down conversions.
WINCHESTER -- Don't be fooled by Shenandoah left tackle Jamal Venable. Don't be fooled by his tossed, lazy hair, his black, baggy sweat pants or his early morning shuffle. And don't be fooled by his immense 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame or his quiet demeanor.
WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah fullback Anthony Cordero remembers the last time he could run this fast. He remembers the last time he could cut left, then right, cap off a long run with a touchdown and still have the energy to try it again on the next drive.
NEWPORT NEWS -- Shenandoah University suffered a heartbreaking loss to Christopher Newport on Saturday, falling 30-27 in double overtime in football action. It was the USA South conference opener for both teams.
WINCHESTER -- There's a peculiar aura enveloping the Shenandoah locker room, and hovering over Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium. One which hasn't existed since 2004, when the Hornets were the co-champions of the USA South.
WINCHESTER -- Just weeks after Shenandoah football coach Paul Barnes declared that senior tailback Kevin Roberts would miss the 2009 season because of health issues, the Hornets have lost another key member of their backfield.