Strasburg-James Wood game highlights busy week of football

Strasburg High School’s football team is coming off a solid win over Riverside, and will look to take that momentum into this week’s game against James Wood.

Strasburg High School’s football team is coming off a solid win over Riverside, and will look to take that momentum into this week’s game against James Wood.

The Rams (2-1) will host the Colonels (1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Strasburg’s run game has been solid all season, and will face a tough task against James Wood. Strasburg’s Josh Pritchett ran for a career-high 139 yards against Riverside.

James Wood is coming off a 16-7 loss to Warren County.

Here’s a look at the other football games on Friday.

Manassas Park (0-3) at Skyline (1-2): The Hawks struggled offensively against Brentsville last week, but will look to get back on track against the Cougars. Manassas Park lost 63-0 to James Monroe this past week.

Skyline coach Heath Gilbert said the Hawks just need to learn from their mistakes as they try to pick up a win at home.

“Hopefully we can find a way to get a win at home,” Gilbert said. “We’re 0-2 at home this year. Obviously, it isn’t good and that’s not what we want. So hopefully we can find that first home win. We’re going to have to work hard, nothing’s going to be a given for us this year. We’re going to have to be ready to do our best this week in practice and hopefully it translates to Friday night.”

Brentsville (2-0) at Warren County (1-1): Warren County is coming off a solid victory over James Wood. The Wildcats will have their hands full with the Tigers, who beat Skyline, 49-0, last week.

Brentsville’s wishbone offense and misdirection will be a tough task for the Wildcats, who held James Wood to only 7 points.

Sherando (1-2) at Eastern View (3-0): The Warriors got their first win of the season last week, after back-to-back tough losses to start the year.

The Warriors crushed Washington (West Virginia), 71-13, but will not have it so easy against the Cyclones this week. Eastern View is averaging 40 points per game.

Central (2-0) at Turner Ashby: The Falcons were off last week and have two weeks to prepare for a solid Turner Ashby squad. The Knights fell to Monticello 26-19 last week.

Central senior Carston Shockey ran for 118 yards in each of his first two games this season, and will need to keep it going against the Knights this week.

Northern Virginia HomeSchool (0-3) at MMA (0-3): The Colonels had their closest contest of the season this past weekend, a 33-6 loss to Grace Christian Academy.

Both teams will be searching for their first win of the season.


The Skyline Invitational will be held at noon Tuesday at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal. Skyline, Warren County, Strasburg and Sherando will be among the teams in the tournament.

Sherando will also be in the Conference 21-West mini-tournament at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Shadows in Front Royal.

All of the Conference 21 West teams will be in the tournament, which will give each team an idea of where they stand just a few weeks before the conference tournament.


Warren County has two big volleyball matches this week.

The Wildcats host George Mason at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Rappahannock County at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Cross country

One of the biggest cross country meets of the week will be held at Central’s North Street Course at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Falcons will be hosting Madison County, Rappahannock County, Page County, Luray, Massanutten Military Academy and Shenandoah Valley Academy.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or