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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
T H U R S D A Y, A U G U S T 2 5 , 2 0 1 1
Northside’s Dakota Jackson, Christiansburg’s Brenden Motley and Glenvar’s Seth Dooley didn’t take shortcuts on their way to making commitments to Virginia Tech. PAGE 4
TIMESLAND TOP 10
1. Christiansburg 2. Northside 3. Franklin County 4. Magna Vista 5. Pulaski County 6. Salem 7. Jefferson Forest 8. George Wythe 9. Cave Spring 10. Galax
Hidden Valley searching for wins
After going 0-10 last year, the Titans and coach Scott Weaver are excited for a fresh start — and to have 20 returning starters. PAGE 3
In a Franklin County state of mind
Former Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner spent a year away from coaching. He returns refreshed and rejuvenated. PAGE 10
2 THE ROANOKE TIMES
WESTERN VALLEY DISTRICT
2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Brookville Cave Spring at Liberty at Halifax County Carroll County Heritage Patrick County at Bassett Magna Vista at Tunstall
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 28 Nov. 4
WESTERN VALLEY 1. Franklin County 2. Patrick Henry 3. George Washington 4. William Fleming 5. Halifax County BLUE RIDGE 1. Northside 2. Staunton River 3. Rockbridge County 4. William Byrd 5. Alleghany 6. Lord Botetourt PIEDMONT 1. Magna Vista 2. Martinsville 3. Bassett 4. Tunstall 5. Patrick County RIVER RIDGE 1. Christiansburg 2. Pulaski County 3. Salem 4. Cave Spring 5. Hidden Valley 6. Blacksburg SEMINOLE 1. Brookville 2. Amherst County 3. Jefferson Forest 4. Liberty 5. E.C. Glass 6. Heritage 7. Rustburg SOUTHWEST 1. Richlands 2. Abingdon 3. Carroll County 4. Marion 5. Tazewell HOGOHEEGEE 1. George Wythe 2. Chilhowie 3. Rural Retreat 4. Northwood 5. Holston 6. PH-Glade Spring MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 1. Galax 2. Grayson County 3. Graham 4. Fort Chiswell 5. Narrows 6. Bland County PIONEER 1. James River 2. Covington 3. Bath County 4. Craig County 5. Parry McCluer THREE RIVERS 1. Giles 2. Radford 3. Glenvar 4. Floyd County 5. Auburn 6. Eastern Montgomery VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT 1. Liberty Christian 2. North Cross 3. Blue Ridge 4. Hargrave
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28
William Fleming at Woodbridge Salem at Magna Vista Bassett at Christiansburg at William Fleming Halifax County George Washington at Patrick Henry
DNP L, 34-14 W, 34-26 W, 34-23 DNP W, 30-7 W, 35-9 W, 14-7 W, 28-0
L, 55-13 DNP L, 27-6 W, 21-14 DNP L, 49-12 W, 59-0 W, 23-0 L, 21-6 W, 42-7
at Chilhowie Northwood at Fort Chiswell Rural Retreat at Graham at George Wythe Richlands at Tazewell Carroll County Abingdon
L, 14-0 W, 21-0 DNP W, 27-14 W, 29-25 DNP L, 51-6 L, 17-14 L, 39-0 L, 7-6
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Lord Botetourt Glenvar at Altavista at Auburn Staunton River at Alleghany at Covington at Parry McCluer Bath County Craig County
Aug. 26 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at North Stokes, N.C. Floyd County Staunton River at Richlands at Radford Magna Vista at Martinsville Tunstall at Bassett Carroll County L, 26-21 L, 48-19 L, 58-12 DNP DNP L, 50-7 L, 59-0 L, 14-0 L, 43-0 L, 47-19
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4
W, 15-9 L 41-34 L, 29-13 W, 41-6 L, 42-21 DNP W, 37-18 W, 51-8 L, 28-0 L, 35-33
W, 14-0 L, 48-22 DNP W, 35-7 W, 35-0 W, 59-33 W, 37-13 L, 14-13 W, 62-0 W, 38-10 W, 28-0 L, 16-14 L, 35-35 L, 17-7 DNP W, 35-12 W, 14-13 W, 49-6 W, 38-3 W, 31-20 L, 41-25 DNP L, 55-20 L, 27-14 DNP L, 37-13 W, 35-14 W, 40-6 W, 49-28 L, 31-20 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Nov. 4 Rockbridge County at Buffalo Gap at Montcalm, W.Va. Riverheads at Roanoke Catholic Auburn at Craig County Bath County James River at Covington DNP L, 28-0 DNP L, 49-0 DNP W, 54-32 L, 41-0 L, 21-0 L, 51-8 L, 26-0
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Hidden Valley Bassett at Pulaski County Blacksburg Battlefield at George Washington at Martinsburg, W.Va. Halifax County Franklin County at William Fleming W, 35-7 W, 26-7 l, 43-42 w, 41-17 DNP W, 30-7 DNP W, 32-12 L, 28-0 W, 37-0
Marion at Grayson County Abingdon at Fort Chiswell at Northwood Virginia High Rural Retreat at George Wythe at PH-Glade Spring Holston at Tazewell at Fort Chiswell Radford at Floyd County Marion Northwood Chilhowie at PH-Glade Spring at Holston Rural Retreat Fort Chiswell at Bland County Grayson County at Marion Narrows at Chilhowie PH-Glade Spring at Holston Northwood at George Wythe
RIVER RIDGE DISTRICT
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Giles at Liberty Tazewell at Patrick Henry Lord Botetourt at Hidden Valley Salem Cave Spring at Pulaski County Christiansburg W, 30-7 L, 47-17 DNP L, 41-17 W, 35-0 W, 30-14 L, 13-7 L, 49-21 L, 34-0 L, 38-21
THREE RIVERS DISTRICT
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Craig County at Covington at East Hardy, W.Va. James River at Parry McCluer Giles at Radford Eastern Montgomery at Glenvar Floyd County L, 42-6 DNP DNP L, 41-6 L, 54-32 L, 42-7 L, 49-6 L, 55-0 L, 42-6 L, 42-6
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Franklin County at Amherst County Magna Vista at E.C. Glass DNP L, 32-14 L, 14-6 L, 20-17 at R.J. Reynolds, N.C. DNP at Salem L, 27-21 Franklin County L, 30-7 at George Washington L, 37-0 at Halifax County L, forfeit Patrick Henry L, 17-0
BLUE RIDGE DISTRICT
Aug. 26 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Covington at Rustburg Bath County at Cave Spring James River Northside at William Byrd Rockbridge County at Lord Botetourt Staunton River W, 26-6 W, 31-24 W, 35-13 W, 28-27 DNP L, 42-7 W, 14-7 W, 31-7 W, 35-7 L, 48-28
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at William Byrd at Martinsville Northside at Lord Botetourt Alleghany at Salem Pulaski County at Blacksburg Christiansburg at Blacksburg DNP DNP L, 37-21 DNP L, 28-27 W, 34-6 W, 41-19 W, 49-21 L, 42-18 W, 49-21
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Bath County at Narrows at Galax Covington Bland County Radford at Floyd County at Auburn Giles at Glenvar W, 27-20 W, 38-6 W, 38-26 DNP W, 42-0 W, 50-21 W, 36-19 W, 55-0 W, 53-27 W, 47-14
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE DISTRICT
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 PH-Glade Spring W, 34-14 Rural Retreat DNP at Holston L, 14-6 at Eastern Montgomery L, 42-0 Northwood W, 21-0 at Narrows L, 20-13 Grayson County L, 48-7 at Graham DNP Galax L, 32-7 at Fort Chiswell L, 35-7 at Rural Retreat George Wythe Marion Chilhowie at Floyd County at Galax at Narrows at Grayson County Graham Bland County W, 41-25 W, 16-14 DNP L, 35-7 W, 22-21 W, 20-16 W, 48-8 L, 35-28 DNP W, 35-7
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Floyd County Giles at Carroll County Bassett Franklin County at Pulaski County Hidden Valley Salem at Cave Spring at Blacksburg W, 40-12 W, 35-0 W, 40-0 W, 29-0 DNP W, 27-17 W, 41-14 W, 28-14 W, 42-18 W, 38-21
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Christiansburg L, 40-12 at Galax DNP at Patrick County W, 48-19 George Wythe W, 17-7 Fort Chiswell L, 22-21 at Glenvar L, 21-20 Eastern Montgomery L, 36-19 at Giles L, 42-28 Radford W, 20-12 at Auburn W, 42-6
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at James River L, 15-9 Salem L, 18-13 Hidden Valley W, 27-23 Cave Spring DNP at Blacksburg L, 35-0 William Byrd L, 14-13 at Rockbridge County DNP at Staunton River L, 28-8 Alleghany L, 14-7 at Northside L, 31-0
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Patrick Henry William Byrd at Lord Botetourt Northside at Bassett Blacksburg at Christiansburg Pulaski County at Salem at Cave Spring L, 35-7 L, 25-0 L, 27-23 L, 13-10 DNP L, 30-14 L, 41-14 L, 22-21 L, 38-3 L, 34-10
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Blacksburg at Christiansburg Covington Narrows at Tazewell at Auburn Glenvar Floyd County at E. Montgomery at Radford L, 30-7 L, 35-0 DNP W, 42-14 DNP W, 42-7 W, 20-17 W, 21-20 L, 53-27 L, 34-25
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Amherst County DNP at Pulaski County W, 27-7 at Cave Spring W, 37-21 at Hidden Valley W, 13-10 Salem L, 17-13 at Alleghany W, 42-7 Staunton River W, 28-7 William Byrd W, 24-0 at Rockbridge County DNP Lord Botetourt W, 31-0
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Radford Northside Patrick Henry at Richlands Magna Vista Christiansburg at Cave Spring at Hidden Valley Blacksburg at Salem L, 32-29 L, 27-7 W, 43-42 DNP DNP L, 27-17 L, 41-19 W, 22-21 W, 34-0 W, 21-13
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Parry McCluer at Waynesboro Fort Defiance at Robert E. Lee Amherst County at Staunton River Lord Botetourt at Alleghany Northside William Byrd DNP W, 38-0 W, 26-7 L, 40-9 DNP DNP DNP L, 31-7 DNP DNP
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4
at Glenvar DNP Floyd County DNP Eastern Montgomery L, 38-26 Radford L, 27-21 at Craig County W, 30-21 Fort Chiswell L, 20-16 at Graham DNP Narrows W, 48-8 at Bland County W, 32-7 at Grayson County L, 23-14 at Alleghany, N.C. Chilhowie at Rural Retreat Clintwood at Carroll County Graham at Bland County Fort Chiswell Narrows Galax W, 34-14 W, 48-22 W, 55-20 DNP L, 36-35 DNP W, 48-7 W, 35-28 W, 54-14 L, 23-14
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Galax DNP at James River W, 41-34 at James Monroe, W.Va. DNP at Covington W, 35-14 William Byrd DNP Floyd County W, 21-20 at Giles L, 20-17 at Radford L, 42-7 Auburn W, 42-6 Eastern Montgomery L, 47-14
Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Lord Botetourt at Franklin County William Byrd at Northside William Fleming Cave Spring at Blacksburg at Christiansburg Hidden Valley Pulaski County W, 18-13 W, 34-14 W, 35-6 W, 17-13 W, 27-21 L, 34-6 W, 13-7 L, 28-14 W, 38-3 L, 21-13
Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Jefferson Forest Liberty at Patrick County at James River Tunstall Rockbridge County at Northside Lord Botetourt at William Byrd at Alleghany W, 21-7 L, 18-7 W, 58-12 W, 42-21 W, 37-0 DNP L, 28-7 W, 42-6 W, 28-8 W, 48-48
Aug. 26 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Pulaski County at George Wythe at Galax at Virginia High Patrick County at E. Montgomery Auburn Glenvar at Floyd County Giles W, 32-29 W, 36-35 W, 27-21 DNP DNP L, 50-21 W, 49-6 W, 42-7 L, 20-12 W, 34-25
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Halifax County at Staunton River at Bassett Turner Ashby at Brookville E.C. Glass at Liberty Amherst County at Heritage Rustburg DNP L, 21-7 L, 42-7 W, 27-26 L, 48-35 L, 30-16 L, 33-6 L, 55-21 L, 20-7 W, 37-14
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Cave Spring DNP at Hidden Valley W, 25-0 Brookville L, 55-0 at Salem L, 35-6 at Glenvar DNP at Lord Botetourt W, 14-13 Alleghany L, 14-7 at Northside L, 24-0 Staunton River L, 28-8 at Rockbridge County DNP
James Monroe, W.Va. L, 46-8 Eastern Montgomery L, 48-6 at Craig County L, 34-6 at Giles L, 42-14 at Rural Retreat DNP Bland County W, 20-13 Fort Chiswell L, 48-8 at Galax L, 41-0 at Grayson County L, 54-14 DNP Graham
VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT CONF.
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 10 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 14 Oct. 22 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Roanoke Catholic L, 42-32 Virginia Episcopal L, 36-12 at Broadwater Academy DNP at Brunswick Academy L, 60-42 Kenston Forest L, 44-20 Walsingham Academy DNP at Isle of Wight Aca. L, 48-14 at North Cross DNP at Fishburne Military DNP Hargrave Military L, 45-37
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at E. Montgomery at Riverheads Buffalo Gap at Alleghany Pocahontas Co., W.Va. Covington at Parry McCluer Craig County at James River Pendleton Co., W.Va. L, 27-20 DNP L, 19-13 L, 35-13 L, 7-6 W, 27-12 W, 21-0 W, 28-15 W, 28-0 W, 32-8
Bassett Robert Anderson’s 2010 predictions Regular season: 235-55 .810 Playoffs: 26-6 .813 Overall: 261-61 .811
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Carroll County at Patrick Henry Jefferson Forest at Christiansburg at Franklin County Hidden Valley at Tunstall Martinsville Patrick County at Magna Vista W, 17-14 L, 26-7 W, 42-7 L, 29-0 L, 34-23 DNP W, 43-6 L, 23-0 W, 43-0 L, 48-7
Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Blacksburg at Staunton River Martinsville at Heritage Rustburg at Brookville Jefferson Forest at E.C. Glass Harrisonburg Amherst County W, 47-17 W, 18-7 W, 27-6 W, 24-7 W, 43-10 L, 28-14 W, 33-6 W, 34-15 DNP W, 27-0
Aug. 27 Sept. 3 Sept. 9 Sept. 17 Sept. 24 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 15 Oct. 22 Nov. 5 Charlotte Latin, N.C. Norfolk Christian at Blessed Sacrament at Bishop Sullivan Blue Ridge at Hargrave Military at Liberty Christian Atl. Shores Christian Carlisle at Virginia Episcopal L, 35-21 DNP W, 32-28 W, 21-0 W, 34-14 W, 49-6 L, 24-14 W, 14-12 DNP W, 16-10
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 at Bassett Mt. Airy, N.C. Christiansburg Grayson County at Martinsville at Abingdon Richlands Tazewell at Marion at Patrick County L, 17-14 DNP L, 40-0 W, 36-35 DNP W, 28-3 L, 63-0 W, 50-13 W, 39-0 W, 47-19
Alleghany L, 26-6 Auburn DNP at Giles DNP at Eastern Montgomery DNP Glenvar L, 35-14 Summers Co., W.Va. DNP at Bath County L, 27-12 James River L, 37-18 at Craig County W, 23-14 Parry McCluer W, 26-0 at Auburn at East Hardy, W.Va. Narrows Roanoke Catholic Galax Parry McCluer at Montcalm, W.Va. at Bath County Covington at James River W, 42-6 DNP W, 34-6 DNP L, 30-21 W, 41-0 W, 57-0 L, 28-15 L, 23-14 W, 35-33
Team capsules compiled by Robert Anderson, Ray Cox, Aaron McFarling, Chuck Altizer, John Montgomery Copy editors Shaun Hoy, Rich Mathieson, Howard Wimmer Cover photo Kyle Green Section design Mark Shaver Sports editor Steve Hemphill
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Heritage at Morehead, N.C. at William Fleming Franklin County at Pulaski County Halifax County at Patrick County Tunstall at Martinsville Bassett W, 41-7 W, 44-14 W, 32-14 L, 34-26 DNP W, 54-24 W, 50-7 W, 62-7 W, 21-6 W, 48-7
Aug. 26 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 at Carlisle W, 42-32 Fredericksburg Christian DNP Brunswick Academy W, 28-14 at Craig County DNP Parry McCluer DNP at Fishburne Military W, 31-30 at Virginia Episcopal L, 45-12 Walsingham Academy DNP at Fuqua W, 34-16 Blessed Sacrament L, 59-25
Thursday, August 25, 2011
2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
THE ROANOKE TIMES
The Hidden Valley football team went into the 2010 season with playoff aspirations, but injuries and three close losses ultimately left the Titans winless. This Friday, the team begins its climb back from 0-10.
Hidden Valley’s football team comes together at the end of practice earlier this month. The Titans were one of three Timesland teams to endure a winless season last year. Another (William Fleming) got branded with an 0-10 record, too, when it had to forfeit its lone victory over Halifax County because of an ineligible player. It’ll probably happen to some team again this year.
Photos by KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
LESSONS LEARNED FROM LOSSES
By Aaron McFarling firstname.lastname@example.org 981-3124
Nobody quit the team. Not when one loss turned to three, then six, then nine. Not when whispers in the hallways at school evolved into blatant taunts. Not when practices got tougher, hopes got slimmer and fate got crueler. The Hidden Valley team that ended last season 0-10 was the same group that had entered the year with playoff aspirations. One player got kicked off the team for off-thefield issues, but not a single kid hung ’em up. And maybe that’s the biggest lesson to take from a season like that: Commitment means something, and not just when times are good. But there’s another lesson here, too: If last year’s Titans could go an entire season and not win a game, it could happen to almost any team.
Didn’t see it coming
Only the biggest schadenfreude practitioners want to see a program endure a winless season. Last year, three teams — Hidden Valley, Patrick County and Auburn — lost all 10 of their games. Another (William Fleming) got branded with an 0-10 record, too, when it had to forfeit its lone victory over Halifax County because of an ineligible player. It’ll probably happen to a team this year, some squad previewed in this very special section. Perhaps you can even see the misery coming. Hidden Valley could not. “I’ve been around long enough,” coach Scott Weaver said. “I’ve seen a lot of really bad teams win some ballgames. And last year, we weren’t that bad of a team. We just didn’t catch any breaks. It was just one of those things.” The Titans knew they’d have a hard time replacing All-Timesland running back David Williams, who graduated after a recordbreaking career. Still, after going 7-4 in 2009, they fancied themselves a playoff contender again. Strategically, they adjusted to the loss of Williams, building their offense around a strong-armed, intelligent quarterback named Michael Simonic and their defense around a punishing middle linebacker named Jake Hubbard. By the end of Hidden Valley’s first game (a 35-7 loss to Patrick Henry), both of those leaders were out for the year. Simonic tore his ACL in the team’s last scrimmage. Hubbard suffered a serious concussion against PH. The road had just gotten a lot tougher. Expectations of an eight-win season would have to be revised. The Titans instead would
“Last year, we weren’t that bad of a team. We just didn’t catch any breaks. It was just one of those things.” Hidden Valley head football coach Scott Weaver says.
try to win five or six and sneak into the playoffs. But 0-10? Never. “I coached on the 2003 Northside team, and we went 1-9,” Weaver said. “I believe by our first ballgame, we had lost three of our four captains to season-ending injuries. And that year just seemed like you couldn’t catch a break. But then one game, everything lined up.” This time, it never did.
The bad breaks pile up
Simonic remembers the day the team started losing hope. It was Sept. 10, and the Titans were hosting Lord Botetourt. Simonic watched from the sidelines as Hidden Valley led much of the game, only to fall 27-23. “I think that’s what really did it,” Simonic said. “We were playing just great; we were all going full speed, and we were all really excited. We should have won that game. I think when we lost that game, it was just awful. We played our best game, and we still didn’t win.” Two weeks later, the Titans lost at Northside by a mere field goal to drop to 0-5. Then they fell to Blacksburg 30-14. The next week, they were hanging with the top-ranked team in Group AA, Christiansburg, and had a chance to cut the deficit to a touchdown with 10 minutes left. Instead, they fumbled into the Blue Demons’ end zone and watched the ball get scooped and taken 102 yards the other way. Oh-and-seven. Suddenly, their own disappointment wasn’t the only thing the Titans had to stomach. They were hearing it from their own classmates, too.
“That’s what upset me the most,” Simonic said. “Even though I wasn’t out there with them, they’re still my teammates. I had people come up to me and say, ‘What’s wrong with you guys? Why are you guys so terrible?’ I would have to kind of keep my cool a little bit, because I really could say some things I would regret.” Weaver tutored his players on how to handle the barbs. “We had that talk several times last year: Nobody knows what we go through but us,” he said. “And until we win a ballgame, we have nothing to say. You’ve got to earn that right by winning some ballgames to have those people not talk about it. “We had adversity everywhere but on our team. We had adversity in games, we had it in our school, with the other athletes and kids in our school. But our kids bonded together, and they never blinked at it. They just kept working. And the following week at Pulaski County, they were almost rewarded for it. Almost.
ing penalty. In overtime, the Titans scored first and converted the extra point to go up 21-14. A personal foul against Pulaski on the P.A.T. meant the Cougars needed to gain 25 yards in four downs to win it. They did. Then they went for two — and got it. Final: 22-21, Cougars. “I think that’s what kind of summed up our season,” Simonic said. “Every time something started kind of going in our favor, something would just happen to take it completely away and put us a few steps back. We’d get in the game and we’d get momentum and then we’d have something just completely go the opposite way.” Salem blew out the Titans 38-3 the next week to drop them to 0-9. That left one game, against rival Cave Spring, as the last opportunity. “That Wednesday — our very last practice that they knew we were going to have — was the most intense, physical, get-after-it practice that we’ve had in eight years that I’ve been here,” Weaver said. “And it was the last practice we had before the last game, when we were 0-9.” The gritty response lifted Weaver’s spirits but couldn’t lift the team to victory. Cave Spring won 34-10. “It was heartbreaking,” wide receiver Dee Fletcher said. “It was kind of hard to believe we actually had a goose-egg season. Couldn’t believe it. It hit hard. It’s still hitting hard.” At least until this Friday night.
Remember how last year felt
This year’s Titans occasionally talk about 0-10, but only as a motivational tool. “There’s no point in dwelling on it,” Weaver said. “But every time you get tired or you don’t want to do something or you think you’re going to take a play off, they need to think about how last year felt. Remember how it felt and use that to succeed this year. “Nobody wants anyone to go 0-10. It’s over. It’s done with. This isn’t the same team. We’re more experienced. We’re bigger. We’re faster. We’re stronger. But it still was the same people that had to go through it. That’s a bond that those kids have.” Although Hubbard has not been cleared by doctors to play, Simonic is back to lead the offense. Counting him, 20 starters return. The Titans secondary enters this season with 80 combined starts. The three linebackers have 60 starts among them. “Quite frankly, we were embarrassed about last year,” Simonic said. “We really thought we were better than that. ... We’re all ready to surprise some people.” And if they endure some struggles again? Well, nobody quit the first time around. Don’t expect them to start now.
‘It’s still hitting hard’
By the time they got to Dublin on Oct. 22, the Titans barely resembled their former selves. Eleven JV players had been called up to varsity to cover for various injuries. Only three healthy defensive backs remained. Because of the inexperience, only the most basic plays could be called. But they never stopped hustling, and they gave themselves a chance against Pulaski. Tied 14-14 late in regulation, the Titans appeared to set up the game-winner with a long passing play. It was negated by a hold-
4 THE ROANOKE TIMES
2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Thursday, August 25, 2011
After this year, Christiansburg quarterback Brenden Motley, Northside tight end Dakota Jackson and Glenvar defensive end Seth Dooley will head to Blacksburg to play for Virginia Tech.
ON THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO LANE STADIUM
By Robert Anderson email@example.com 981-3123
Traffic to Blacksburg faces various obstacles: Construction ongoing, explosives blasting, tractor-trailers trucking, workers repaving, holes sinking, drivers texting, deer crossing and the western sun setting. It can be a tough trip. But you can get there from here. Even if you are a football player at one of Timesland’s 45 high schools. Since 2000, only 13 Timesland players have signed a scholarship with Virginia Tech, which has become a perennial Top 25 college football program. Against growing odds, three Timesland athletes — Christiansburg quarterback Brenden Motley, Northside tight end Dakota Jackson and Glenvar defensive end Seth Dooley — have committed to the Hokies’ 2012 recruiting class. How did they find the way? U.S. 460? The back way through Ironto? Nope. None of the three took a shortcut.
Christiansburg coach Tim Cromer said he believes Brenden Motley is the first Christiansburg football player to earn a scholarship since Mark Franklin played for N.C. State from 1982 to 1985. Motley is far from the first scholarship athlete in his family. His father, Andre, was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball at East Tennessee State. His uncle, Donald Wayne Snell, is a former Virginia Tech wide receiver. His sister, Daniella, is a women’s basketball standout at Wofford. On the football field, Motley’s athleticism oozes … and sometimes goes unnoticed. “He has a long stride,” Cromer said. “I think sometimes it doesn’t look like he’s running as fast as he’s running. It’s effortless. At times, we get on him about going a little harder, but I think that’s what athletes do: They make it look easy.” Since taking over as the starting quarterback midway through his sophomore season in 2009, the 6-foot-4 Motley has led Christiansburg to back-to-back Region IV Division 4 championships. Motley also starred on the Blue Demons’ basketball team that rolled through an unbeaten regular season and reached the Group AA Division 4 semifinals in March. In the spring, he played No. 4 singles on Christiansburg’s tennis team.
“He’s the best athlete I’ve coached, for sure,” Cromer said. Motley, also a starting free safety, did not produce eye-popping statistics for Christiansburg’s balanced offense in 2010, completing 50 of 93 passes for 982 yards and eight touchdowns. College coaches looked at other qualities. “His size and athleticism, the physicality he shows on defense, and then his arm strength and ability to run the offense,” Cromer said. Motley says he is a better player in 2011. “I feel like I’m making smarter decisions,” the senior said. “I’ve got to learn to throw the ball away more than trying to force a play to happen. A couple of guys, we come up to the school sometimes just to throw around. The whole team’s making me better.” Virginia Tech recruited Motley exclusively as a quarterback. “I think he can play quarterback,” Cromer said. “You get people all the time saying, ‘He’ll go there and play safety.’ Well, if he plays safety, what’s wrong with that? “Jake Locker was a wing-T quarterback. Some people think whatever. But Brenden, he’ll be able to show it.” Motley picked Virginia Tech over subsequent offers from Virginia and Georgia Tech. Cromer said his star has remained grounded throughout the process. “I think it’s great for him. It’s great for our program,” Cromer said. “But he’s still Brenden. I’m still Coach Cromer. We’re going to continue to keep doing what we’ve been doing. “But every time I bring a new concept or I make changes, he’s all for it. It’s nice to have that unassuming calmness there. He just wants to win.”
Christiansburg’s Brenden Motley led the Blue Demons to the Group AA Division 4 state semifinals last year where they lost to Harrisonburg 28-21 in double overtime.
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“He’s the best athlete I’ve coached, for sure.”
Christiansburg coach Tim Cromer On quarterback/defensive back Brenden Motley
to come in and check him out,” Torrence said. “When they see him walk in as a 15-year-old, 6-foot-4, 205-pound tight end, they’re like, ‘Wow!’ ” Now Jackson hardly resembles his former self. He’s bigger — 250 pounds — and, get this, faster. Jackson is one of many Northside football players on head coach Jamie Price’s track and field team. “Dakota was running the second leg on our 4-by-100 relay team, at 250 pounds,” Torrence said. “That shows you. One of the other competitors said, ‘What are you doing over here?’ He said, ‘You’re about to find out.’ ” Jackson’s combination of size and speed earned him a scholarship offer from Tech in January. He committed before any other school made a bid. “I’ve liked all Virginia teams, but growing up 35 minutes from Blacksburg, that kind of tugs on you a little bit,” Jackson said. Torrence said Tech’s rivals wanted in on the act but it was too late. “They tried,” the Northside coach said. “I wouldn’t let ’em. We make sure that’s where they want to go, and when they tell a coach, ‘You’ve got my word, I’m coming,’ you’re going to live up to that word. “He would have got more than one offer, bottom line. But for him, there wasn’t a better offer than Virginia Tech.” Like Motley, Jackson is about more than statistics. In 11 games last year, he had 18 catches for 343 yards and four touchdowns. As a defensive end, he was Northside’s fifth-leading tackler. “People look at him and say, ‘He should be dominating on defense,’ ” Torrence said. “He is, in our scheme. We don’t ask kids to run up the field and get 30 sacks. In our scheme, each man has a piece of the puzzle.” Torrence said Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring insists Jackson will fit into the Hokies’ panorama at tight end. “There’s rumblings in the community and stuff that he’ll be an offensive guard,” Torrence said. “Coach Stinespring told me, ‘I don’t deal with rumors. He’s going to be a tight end at Virginia Tech.’ “But if offensive guard was where they wanted to move him, you wouldn’t hear a word out of Dakota. He’d put his hard hat on.”
Virginia Tech signees from Timesland schools since 2000
2011 Michael Cole Cave Spring 2010 Caleb Farris Rockbridge County 2009 Cody Journell Giles Andrew Miller Bassett Nubian Peak Pulaski County 2006 Darryl Robertson Liberty 2005 Brandon Holland Northside via Hargrave Sam Wheeler Blacksburg via Hargrave 2004 Brandon Holland Northside Sam Wheeler Blacksburg 2003 Kory Robertson Magna Vista 2002 Chris Burnett Liberty Nic Schmitt Salem 2001 Jeff King Pulaski County 2000 Josh Spence Floyd County None in 2007, 2008
Been there, done that
Dakota Jackson already has made some big plays in Lane Stadium. As a sophomore, he had a key first-down pass reception and a crucial quarterback sack in Northside’s 21-17 victory over Bruton in the 2009 Group AA Division 3 championship game in Blacksburg. By then, Jackson was already on the Division I-A recruiting radar. Northside linebacker Nick Sigmon was a highly coveted senior two years ago, eventually signing with Liberty University. “When they were all coming in to see Nick, they would say, ‘What year is that kid?’ ” Northside coach Burt Torrence said. The Vikings’ 2009 playoff run didn’t hurt. “When you play that late in the season and guys start hearing the name, they want
A rare harvest
Seth Dooley lists his career ambition as “farmer.” He’s done some impressive growing in the past year. The 6-foot-6, 221-pound senior defensive end had just one season of football under his belt when Virginia Tech offered him a scholarship in July. How long did Dooley wait to make a decision? “About two hours,” he said. “I always dreamed I would play at Tech, but I didn’t really think I’d make it.” Glenvar coach Kevin Clifford had a few hints. Dooley hoisted 365 pounds in the power clean lift. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds at a University of Virginia combine. He turned in a 35-inch vertical jump at a Tech camp, then ran the “pro shuttle” in 4.22 seconds. Clifford said college recruiters evaluate prospects using video of game footage and up-close workouts in one-day camps on their campuses or at regional scouting combines. Dooley made an impression.
Northside’s Dakota Jackson will get a chance to play tight end at Virginia Tech.
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“Dakota was running the second leg on the 4-by-100 relay team, at 250 pounds.”
Northside coach Burt Torrence On Virginia Tech-bound Dakota Jackson
“Certainly, when you look at him he passes the eyeball test,” Clifford said. “Then we sent him to all the one-day camps. People wanted to see him for themselves. When you’re talking about giving somebody $100,000 in scholarships, film is fine, but you also want to see him move. “Those guys do that for a living, They know what to look for.” Before Dooley got recruited, Clifford had to make his own sales pitch. Dooley’s parents, Hugh and Monique, were hesitant to let the youngest of their three sons play football, even though Hugh Dooley played at Salem High School. “His parents are great,” Clifford said. They stay on top of him. “They told him in high school he could play one sport. That was it. He was playing basketball. “One day I just happened to bump into them at Walmart. I went over to them and said, ‘Look, Mr. and Mrs. Dooley, there’s a good chance someone’s going to look at him. I’m not going to promise anything, but if he dedicates himself he’ll be a very good football player.” Clifford coached numerous future Division I players when he was in Florida. Dooley is the first Glenvar player to get a Division I-A scholarship out of high school since Brandon Semones went to Virginia Tech in 1992. “Seth’s an anomaly here,” Clifford said. “We won’t see another kid like him for a while.” Dooley’s only I-A offer came from Tech. Clifford said that UVa was waiting to see Dooley’s SAT scores and that Tennessee was showing interest. “He’s just a great kid,” Clifford said. “I’ve coached a lot of kids that were good football players but were not very good kids. I’d adopt him in a heartbeat. You can’t lie about that. “He’s going to do fine. He’ll get up there and get his degree and hopefully have a good career. If Seth had wanted to go to Ferrum, I’d have been just as happy.”
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Glenvar | senior Linebacker/fullback 6-foot-5 | 230 pounds Jersey No. 2
Favorite athlete: Michael Vick Favorite food: Mac and cheese Least favorite food: Beets Best career moment: Beating James River in my junior year. Most embarrassing career moment: Running right by the quarterback in my first game. Favorite musical artist: Dave Matthews, Lil Wayne. Favorite book: “Of Mice and Men” Favorite movie: “The Other Guys” Favorite actor: Will Smith Favorite class in school: U.S. History Favorite person in history: My dad Talent outside of sports: Fishing and hunting Tattoos, yes or no: No Career ambition: Farmer One thing people do not know about me: I like to lift weights.
Northside | senior Tight end/defensive end 6-foot-4 | 250 pounds Jersey No. 44
Favorite athlete: Dallas Clark Favorite food: Steak Least favorite food: Sushi Best career moment: Winning the state championship my sophomore year Most embarrassing career moment: I had a kickoff hit me in the facemask during my sophomore year. Favorite musical artist: Eminem Favorite book: The Bible Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans” Favorite actor: Jim Carrey Favorite class in school: Chemistry with Ms. Woods Favorite person in history: George Washington Talent outside of sports: Mostly anything outdoors in the wild, like hunting and fishing. Tattoo, yes or no: Yes Favorite tattoo: I have a cross on my shoulder with Isaiah 40: 31. It’s one of my favorite verses and also is a dedication to my grandfather. Career ambition: I would love to own my own business and to raise a healthy family. One thing people do not know about me: I am an only child.
Christiansburg | senior Quarterback/free safety 6-foot-4 | 191 pounds Jersey No. 8
Favorite athlete: LaDainian Tomlinson, Kobe Bryant. Favorite food: Philly cheese steak! Least favorite food: Sushi Best career moment: Winning the Region championship in 2009 Most embarrassing career moment: Whenever I’ve gotten trucked at the safety spot. It happens to the best of us. Favorite musical artist: Kanye West Favorite book: “The Hanging Woods” Favorite movie: “Hancock” Favorite actor: Chris Rock Favorite class in school: Any of the art classes, I have taken them all. Favorite person in history: Martin Luther King Jr. Talent outside of sports: Drawing Tattoos, yes or no: No, but I would like to get one. Career ambition: To be successful in whatever it is that I choose to do. One thing people do not know about me: I don’t like chocolate.
“I always dreamed I would play at Tech, but I really didn’t think I’d make it.”
Seth Dooley Glenvar linebacker/fullback
Head coach Kevin Clifford says Seth Dooley (2) has size and athleticism that make him “an anomaly” at Glenvar.
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VHSL GROUP AAA NORTHWEST REGION DIVISION 6 Battlefield.............................. 2,982 Osbourn.Park..........................2,742 Woodbridge...........................2,546 Gar-Field................................2,467 Stonewall.Jackson................2,442 Forest.Park.............................2,290 C.D..Hylton..............................2,195 Franklin.County..................... 2,164 Colonial.Forge.......................2,053 . Osbourn..................................1,953 Patrick.Henry. ....................... 1,948 . Riverbend............................... 1,917 . Stafford...................................1,887 DIVISION 5 Massaponax...........................1,874 Freedom-Loudoun................. 1,814 Freedom-Prince.Will..............1,794 Mountain.View.......................1,760 Halifax.County. ...................... 1,742 . Albemarle...............................1,709 North.Stafford........................ 1,691 Broad.Run............................... 1,661 . Potomac..................................1,655 Brooke.Point........................... 1,631 Orange.County.......................1,552 William.Fleming......................1,511 George.Washington..............1,377 . GROUP AA REGION III DIVISION 4 Amherst.County. .................. 1,468 . E.C..Glass................................ 1,374 Jefferson.Forest.................... 1,288 Harrisonburg..........................1,282 William.Byrd........................... 1,160 Heritage-Lynchburg................1,111 Lord.Botetourt....................... 1,089 Staunton.River...................... 1,088 . Turner.Ashby......................... 1,058 Broadway................................1,023 DIVISION 3 Brookville.................................1,011 Northside.................................. 989 Rockbridge.County.................. 963 Liberty.......................................920 Rustburg....................................919 Fort.Defiance............................ 856 Waynesboro..............................851 Alleghany..................................850 Spotswood............................... 810 . R.E..Lee-Staunton.....................743 . REGION IV DIVISION 4 Pulaski.County...................... 1,450 Salem......................................1,239 . Bassett....................................1,228 Carroll.County........................ 1,186 Hidden.Valley........................ 1,096 . Christiansburg...................... 1,062 Blacksburg............................. 1,050 Magna.Vista............................. 953 . DIVISION 3 Abingdon.................................. 925 Tunstall..................................... 836 . Cave.Spring..............................820 Patrick.County......................... 778 . Richlands.................................. 736 Marion........................................715 Martinsville.............................. 705 Tazewell.................................... 663 DIVISION 2 WEST (Timesland schools only) Floyd.County............................ 636 . Grayson.County....................... 632 Glenvar......................................600 Giles............................................512 Fort.Chiswell. ...........................496 . James.River.............................. 479 . DIVISION 1 EAST (Timesland schools only) Parry.McCluer.......................... 329 Covington..................................251 Bath.County.............................. 232 Craig.County. ............................ 217 . DIVISION 1 WEST (Timesland schools only) Radford..................................... 455 . Chilhowie..................................445 George.Wythe.......................... 435 Auburn...................................... 387 . Galax......................................... 387 . Rural.Retreat............................360 Bland.County............................ 299 Eastern.Montgomery.............. 298 Narrows.................................... 233 . VIS DIVISION III Fishburne.Military.................... 147 . Covenant. .................................. 147 . Hampton.Roads........................145 Atlantic.Shores. ........................ 133 . Fredericksburg.Christian..........121 Portsmouth.Christian...............120 Massanutten.Military............... 110 Virginia.Episcopal.................... 108 Norfolk.Christian. ......................112 . Isle.of.Wight............................... 98 North.Cross................................ 95 . DIVISION IV Carlisle........................................ 83 Greenbrier.Christian.................. 83 Fuqua........................................... 83 Hampton.Christian.................... 70 Quantico..................................... 69 Roanoke.Catholic....................... 68 Blessed.Sacrament.................... 64 Brunswick.Academy.................. 60 Southampton.Academy.............55 Broadwater................................. 48 Tidewater. .................................. 44 . NOTES: Numbers used to determine VHSL divisions are March 31, 2011, average daily membership for grades 9-12 submitted to the Department of Education by each school. Classification into three groups is based on Sept. 30, 2009, membership. VIS enrollment figures are for male students only and are 2009 figures.
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Coach: Chris Jones (third season) Record at Franklin County: 18-6 Last season: 9-3, 4-0 (lost in Northwest Region Division 6 semifinal) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: RB-DB Alex Keys (6-0, 185, sr., OT-DT Shaun Greer (6-4, 295, sr.), WR-DE Tarell Basham (6-5, 225, sr.), QB Kyle Ellis (5-11, 165, jr.), RB Ryan Wade (5-11, 225, jr.), DB Christian Witcher (6-2, 190, jr.), DL Xavier Hunt (6-0, 285, sr.), LB Zach Schiemann (6-0, 195, sr.), LB Chance Tyree (5-8, 175, jr.), TE Lucas Thomasson (5-11, 205, sr.). 2010 summary: Franklin County won a second straight Western Valley title and achieved a milestone with the first home playoff game in school history, a 17-14 victory over Woodbridge. An early-season loss to Salem and a 32-21 loss in Week 10 at Osbourn Park were all that marred the regular season. Senior linebacker Tre Preston was named the Timesland defensive player of the year. Outlook: Replacing graduated quarterback T.J. Shaw could be tough. Shaw set regularseason school records with 1,163 yards and 17 TDs. The Eagles have switched to the wing-T offense, where Keys spent some time at QB in preseason. Keys set a school record with 304 yards rushing last year against Bassett. Greer anchors a massive offensive line, while Witcher is back after being named Timesland Sizzlin’ Sophomore defensive player of the year. Circle this date: Oct. 21, when George Washington visits Rocky Mount. The outcome of that game figures to decide the WVD title.
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Coach: Alan Fiddler (first season) Last season: 6-4, 3-1 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 4 Players to watch: QB-DB David Prince (6-0, 175, jr.), OL-DL Ryan Revia (6-6, 290, sr.), QB-DL Jaquan Taylor (6-2, 235, sr.), RB-DB Xavier Whorley (5-11, 185, jr.), RB-LB Nick Ollie (6-2, 225, sr.), RB-DB Shaheed Fitzgerald (5-8, 175, sr.), WR-DB Cortez Ogden (5-10, 170, soph.), TE-DL Matt Wood (6-2, 220, sr.), P Nick Conte (6-3, 200, sr.), TE-LB Trey Mauck (6-2, 210, sr.). 2010 summary: Patrick Henry carved out its first winning season since 2000 and was one victory away from winning the WVD title. The Patriots played just one close game, a 43-42 triple-overtime loss at home to Pulaski County. PH won three of its last four after Prince took over the starting quarterback duties, highlighted by 214 yards rushing in a 30-7 victory at George Washington. Outlook: Fiddler became PH’s sixth head coach in the past 11 years when he was hired in April after seven seasons as the head man at Division II Glenville (W.Va.) State College. An offensive guru, he led Moorefield (W.Va.) High School to six Class A state titles. The Patriots will run the spread, utilizing Prince’s speed, perhaps with more option plays. Ollie, a transfer from Roanoke Catholic, will be a factor on both sides. Taylor could also play QB if he and Prince are on the field together. PH’s schedule is tough. A winning season is possible, but a first playoff berth since 2000 is a long shot.
Coach: Lee Johnson (second season) Record at William Fleming: 0-10 Last season: 0-10, 0-4 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 3 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: QB Dom Dunnaville (5-9, 167, soph.), RB-LB Jonathan Hagins (6-1, 203, sr.), FS Miles Henderson (5-9, 161, sr.), RB-LB DeRell Stone (6-2, 221, jr.), DL Darius Medley (5-9, 216, sr.), OT Darius Burks (5-9, 282, sr.), LB Trevor Mike (5-10, 169, soph.), CB DaShawn Hodnett (5-10, 171, sr.), TE Martiesse Hill (6-1, 174, sr.), CB DaVonte Martin (5-10, 178, sr.). 2010 summary: Fleming lost four close games in the first five weeks last year and never got rolling. The Colonels did defeat Halifax County 24-14 but forfeited the victory because they used an ineligible player. Fleming’s offensive line struggled to get in gear early, and the Colonels scored just 15 points combined in four losses. Fleming is still looking for win No. 1 in its on-campus stadium. Outlook: Weapons return, including Dunnaville, who started two games at QB as a freshman. He should be effective on keepers and rollouts. Assistant Don Holter has been moved from defensive coordinator to offense and will run a power-based game with 200-pounders Hagins and Stone, a transfer from Lord Botetourt. Fleming’s questions are up front, where college signees Sedale Young (Richmond) and Marcus Firebaugh (Carson-Newman) starred. Veteran coaches John Hinkle and Bob Gray are new on the staff, but with just three home games this could be another long season.
DAVID PRINCE Patrick Henry quarterback/ defensive back
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Coach: Jack Baker (ninth season) Record at Alleghany: 34-50 Last season: 9-3, 2-2 (lost in Region III Division 3 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 4 Players to watch: QB Seth Bradley (6-4, 225, sr.), RB-LB Casey Walker (5-10, 185, jr.), RB-LB Conner Simpson (6-2, 220, sr.), OL-DL Casey Smith (6-5, 265, sr.), WR-DB DeAndre Burks (5-9, 155, jr.), WR-DB Tanner Seay (5-10, 175, jr.), OL-DL Ethan Dew (6-1, 245, sr.), WR-DB Kendall Kessinger (5-7, 145, soph.), OL-DL Dustin Via (5-9, 195, sr.), WR-DB Dalton Unroe (5-10, 165, jr.). 2010 summary: Alleghany reeled off six wins, including an overtime victory over Cave Spring, to open the season. The Mountaineers’ spread offense produced 256 points, but the defense gave up 90 in two Blue Ridge losses at home to Northside and Staunton River. Alleghany won both its BRD road games. A playoff win over Robert E. Lee was the program’s first since 1984. Outlook: Bradley finished third in Timesland in passing yardage in the regular season with 1,853 yards at the helm of the spread. He also ran for 564 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns. Alleghany must break in new receivers. Four wideouts who combined for 125 catches graduated, and so did their backups. Simpson returns as the team’s leading tackler, and he might move from down lineman to tight end on offense. Smith, Dew and Via also return as starting offensive linemen. Alleghany should not have trouble scoring points. If the defense can hold, a return to the playoffs is likely. Blue Ridge title, outscoring four league opponents 125-14. The only regular-season loss came 17-13 at longtime nemesis Salem. Outlook: How could the forecast be anything but positive? Hardister returns after setting school records with 1,505 passing yards and 19 TD passes. Jackson, who has committed to Virginia Tech, should wreak havoc on both sides of the line. Fisher returns after suffering a broken leg in October. He is a major talent. Look for Kelso to make an impact at running back, while Epilon was the team’s leading tackler in 2010. Place-kicker Sean Joyner tore an ACL playing soccer and will not handle kickoffs this year. Look for another Northside-Brookville playoff game, this time in the regional final. Coach: Jason White (seventh season) Record at Rockbridge County: 28-38 Last season: 3-7, 2-3 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 8 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: QB-FS Porter Abell (6-0, 176, jr.), RB-DB Ling Zheng (5-8, 174, sr.), OL-DE Angelo Harris (6-0, 225, sr.), OT-DT Add Siler (5-11, 214, sr.), OL-DT Austin Doll-Hennis (6-0, 227, sr.), OL-DL Allen Chappell (6-2, 271, sr.), TE-LB Adam Doll-Hennis (6-1, 215, soph.), RB-LB Quinten Youngblood (6-0, 184, sr.), LG-DL Curtis Fridley (6-1, 272, jr.), WR-DB Colton Wilson (5-9, 153, jr.). 2010 summary: Smiles were not abundant in Lexington after the 2010 season, but considering Rockbridge County went 0-10 in 2009, a record of three wins was an improvement, although none of the victims owned a winning record. The Wildcats lacked a consistent passing game, and other than Zheng’s 970 yards, no other threat on the ground existed. The defense registered just one interception all season. Outlook: Rockbridge should be one of the most improved teams in Timesland. Abell, the son of Washington and Lee assistant and former Liberty and Amherst County coach Scott Abell, should be one of the area’s best young QBs. Zheng has rushed for more than 2,000 yards in the past two years, while Harris was one of the district’s premier linemen. Rockbridge returns to the Blue Ridge for the first time since 2000. The Wildcats should finish in the top half of the standings. A 7-3 regular-season record and a No. 4 seed in the Region III Division 3 playoffs are not out of the question. RB-DB Jarret Moon (5-7, 180, sr.), FB-LB Trevion White (5-10, 190, sr.), OL-DL Asa Walvoort (6-1, 215, sr.), OL-DL Zach Miller (6-2, 245, jr.), OL-DL Ryan Willis (5-8, 185, sr.), QB-LB Paul Williams (5-9, 170, jr.), Deshawn Martin (5-8, 160, soph.), WR-DB Sam Jennings (5-8, 150, sr.), OT-DT Chris Moon (6-5, 364, jr.). 2010 summary: Staunton River had perhaps the second-best season in school history, including a victory over E.C. Glass for the Golden Eagles’ second playoff win ever. The only regular-season losses were to three teams — Northside, Liberty and Cave Spring — that combined for a 25-5 record. Seniors Meech Coles and Cody Jones combined for almost 2,400 yards rushing. Outlook: Coles is gone after rushing for more than 3,000 yards in the past two seasons counting the playoffs. Jarret Moon, a track speedster, will be the tailback in Poston’s stack-I set. Williams, who directed the playoff win, will take the snaps, but Martin will be used at QB in the Wildcat formation. Ellis made 100 solo tackles last year and had three interception returns for TDs. Walvoort and Miller were secondteam All-Blue Ridge picks. Chris Moon is back on the team after skipping last season. Seven wins might be a lot to ask, but a winning season is a possibility.
ADAM HARDISTER Northside quarterback/ linebacker
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Coach: Tater Benson (sixth season) Record at Lord Botetourt: 17-36 Last season: 3-7, 0-4 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 3 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: QB Will Cline (5-9, 165, jr.), FB-LB Thomas Kennedy (6-0, 230, jr.), WR-DB Connor Bronson (5-10, 170, jr.), TE-DL Andrew Williams (6-2, 240, jr.), WR-PK Jay Phillips (6-0, 170, sr.), LB Max Dannhardt (5-9, 185, sr.), TE-DE Brandon Kibler (6-1, 190, sr.), FB-DE Daniel Rader (5-9, 225, soph.), NG Nic Saylor (6-3, 250, sr.), RB Chris Thompson (5-10, 185, soph.). 2010 summary: Lord Botetourt posted three straight wins early, but two of them — Hidden Valley and Patrick County — were against teams that finished 0-10 and the other one was against a 2-8 Rustburg team. The Cavaliers averaged just 3.4 yards per carry as a team and completed just 64 passes all year. The result was a second straight last-place finish in the Blue Ridge. Outlook: Cline already has 16 starts at quarterback under his belt. He completed 53.6 percent of his attempts last year but had just two touchdown
passes and seven interceptions. Botetourt is without 2010 leading rusher DeRell Stone, who transferred to William Fleming. Kennedy should be able to open some holes inside for Thompson and pick up some carries. Botetourt could have an edge in close games thanks to Phillips, who kicked five field goals last year, three longer than 40 yards. It is hard to fathom another last-place finish, but this is a junior-dominated team with better days ahead. Coach: Burt Torrence (sixth season) Record at Northside: 30-27 Last season: 9-2, 4-0 (lost in Region III Division 3 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: TE-DE Dakota Jackson (6-4, 250, sr.), WB-DB Tyler Fisher (5-11, 166, sr.), QB-LB Adam Hardister (5-11, 167, sr.), RB-LB Isaiah Kelso (5-6, 183, jr.), RB-LB Jeremy Williams (5-10, 230, jr.), OT-LB Mikey Epilon (5-10, 234, sr.), OT-NG Naji Link (5-10, 230, sr.), OT-DE Demetreus Ferebee (6-4, 221, jr.), RB-LB Blair Johnson (5-9, 194, sr.), OG-DT Gino Saunders (6-2, 256, sr.). 2010 summary: Northside sailed through most of a 9-1 regular season but hopes for a second straight Group AA Division 3 state title came to crashing halt with a 12-10 regional semifinal playoff loss at home to Brookville. The Vikings won their second straight
Coach: Chuck Poston (second season) Record at Staunton River: 8-4 Last season: 8-4, 3-1 (lost in Region III Division 4 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: OL-LB Brian Ellis (5-11, 205, sr.),
Coach: Jeff Highfill (31st season) Record at William Byrd: 157-148-3 Last season: 4-6, 1-3 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: RB-LB Simeon Horstmann (5-7, 190, soph.), QB-DB Jake Barton (5-7, 167, sr.), TE-LB Timmy Meador (6-1, 204, jr.), TE-DE Seth Webb (6-4, 195, sr.), OG-DE Brandon Harless (5-11, 189, jr.), WR-LB Joe Barton (5-7, 167, sr.), FB-LB Darryl Preston (5-7, 180, jr.), OT-DL Sean Jackson (6-1, 261, jr.), RB-DB Keith Jennings (6-0, 207, sr.), QB-DB Zac Hill (5-10, 160, soph.). 2010 summary: William Byrd got the most out of its schedule, winning close games against Dan River and Lord Botetourt to avoid what could have been a two-win season. Other than a 14-7 seasonending loss to Alleghany, the Terriers’ other defeats were decisive. Horstmann set himself up for some impressive career numbers with 847 yards as a workhorse freshman. Outlook: Jake Barton returns as Byrd’s starting quarterback; the Terriers will need him to improve on a 42 percent completion rate. Horstmann averaged 4.9 yards per carry last year and should wind up with about 200 attempts this season if he stays healthy. Far from the biggest team in the trenches, the Terriers will feature a physical style of play. Overall, the schedule is tougher, with Cave Spring, Glenvar and Rockbridge County replacing Rustburg, Dan River and Patrick County. As Highfill begins his fourth decade at Byrd, it might be a challenge to exceed last year’s four wins.
Coach: Don Rice (eighth season) Record at Jefferson Forest: 36-37 Last season: 2-8, 1-5 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 10 Returning defensive starters: 10 Players to watch: QB-LB Marcus Jones (6-0, 195, sr.), TE Ryan Gingrich (6-3, 235, sr.), TE-LB Mikey Wallman (5-10, 185, sr.), OL-DL Michael Yost (6-4, 310, sr.), K-P Dylan Sims (6-1, 185, sr.), LB Garrett Neal (5-11, 205, jr.), DE Chad Pinigis (6-3, 230, sr.), WR Dominique Royal (6-2, 175, jr.), G Alex Bennett (5-11, 220, sr.), TB Tyler Fowler (5-11, 190, sr.). 2010 summary: The season got off to a terrible start when Jones broke a finger in the opener against Northside. Without their offensive engine, the Cavs struggled while dropping their first four games. Jones returned in October and led the team to back-to-back wins over Turner Ashby and Rustburg. JF closed 0-4 against the class of the rugged Seminole. Only two seniors saw significant action all year. Outlook: Despite his lost opportunities, Jones finished just seven rushing yards shy of 1,000 last year and will be the dual-threat catalyst again. He’s got sure-handed passing targets in Gingrich and Royal. JF’s pistol offense will feature Wallman and Fowler in the backfield, often at the same time. Defensively, Yost is a massive disrupter up front, tying up blockers for experienced linebackers. Sims is one of the better place-kickers in Timesland. The Cavaliers will be much improved and should challenge for their first Region III Division 4 playoff berth since 2008.
Coach: Chris Watts (10th season) Record at Liberty: 79-29 Last season: 10-2, 5-1 (lost in Region III Division 3 final) Returning offensive starters: 2 Returning defensive starters: 1 Players to watch: RB-S Breon Brawley (5-10, 185, sr.), OG DT Dennis Shoen (5-11, 235, sr.), OL-DL Dashe Reaves (5-11, 305, sr.), QB Josh Martin (6-1,180, sr.), TE-LB Hunter Taylor (6-2, 215, jr.), QB-RB Trevon Lightfoot (5-10, 180, jr.), C-LB Hunter Patterson (5-11, 200, jr.), OL-DL Josh Quick (6-2, 275, jr.), RB-DB Chase Key (5-8, 165, jr.), T Adam Nott (6-0, 185, sr.). 2010 summary: The veteran Minutemen posted a second straight 10-2 season, including a 27-0 victory over Seminole power Amherst County.
The only losses were to Brookville in Week 6 and again in the regional final. Senior Anthony Reynolds finished fourth on the Timesland scoring list with 127 points. The defense held opponents to a touchdown or less in six games. Outlook: Liberty has the fewest returning starters in Timesland. Five QBs worked during two-a-days, with Martin and Lightfoot emerging as the top candidates. Both are mobile and have strong arms but possess little experience. Brawley will be leaned on heavily in the running attack — always the focus in Bedford. This will mark the fifth straight year the team is breaking in a new corps of offensive linemen. Young talent is on the horizon, but Liberty ranks behind Brookville and Amherst in the Seminole forecast. A ninth trip to the playoffs in the past 10 years is likely but not a lock.
Only two seniors saw significant action last season for the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers.
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Coach: Jay Gilbert (eighth season) Record at Bassett: 50-33 Last season: 4-7, 2-2 (lost in Region IV Division 4 first round) Returning offensive starters: 8 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: QB-SS DaShaun Valentine (6-0, 208, jr.), RB-LB Eddie Bowman (6-0, 205, jr.), RB-QB-DB Tra Ross (5-8, 167, jr.), RB-DB Daniel Martin (5-6, 153, jr.), SE-OLB Bryor Daniels (5-10, 167, sr.), OL-DL Chris Hilton (6-0, 237, jr.), OL-DL Roger Woody (6-3, 248, jr.), OL-DL Dustin Craig (5-9, 201, jr.), RB Devontae Jordan (5-9, 148, fr.), K Zach Atwood (6-0, 182, sr.). 2010 summary: The Bengals fielded a young team for the second straight year. They started well, with road wins over Carroll County and Jefferson Forest in their first three games, before dropping four in a row. The offense averaged just 7.5 points per game during the skid. Bassett rebounded to thump Tunstall and Patrick County by a combined score of 86-6, securing a postseason berth. The season ended with a 39-21 loss to Carroll County in the region semis. Outlook: Mason Maples, last season’s leading tackler and part-time quarterback, has transferred to Franklin County. One positive that could come of that: Valentine won’t be looking over his shoulder now. He’s the guy under center — a QB with a fullback’s body who can get some tough yards. The entire offensive line returns to help. Keep an eye on the freshman Jordan, a small but unflinching athlete who could emerge as a four-year starter at running back. Bowman should be the leading stopper in Bassett’s 3-4 defense. The Bengals replaced Amherst County with Hidden Valley on the nondistrict slate. A .500 season would be a very good year. Vista’s average margin of victory in its 11 wins was 29.9 points, allowing plenty of reserves to see action. Outlook: The Warriors are in good hands with Taylor, an accurate passer (14 TDs vs. three INTs last year) who makes plenty of plays with his feet. Both middle linebackers from last year are gone — including leading tackler Dexter Dodson — so Mabin moves down from safety while Silver slides inside. Wells will be a bruiser as a first-year starting running back, and Carter should show off his speed. Despite a slew of personnel losses, the Warriors should be quicker on both sides of the ball this year. Their Oct. 28 trip to Martinsville projects as the game of the year in the Piedmont. K Zach Corcoran (6-0, 170, sr.). 2010 summary: The Bulldogs switched to a triple-option offense and struggled early against a tough schedule. Without a passing threat, the running game was stuffed by opponents. Better balance in the second half of the season, combined with stellar defense, helped Martinsville reel off four straight wins, including three shutouts, before being blasted by Richlands in the regional semifinal. Outlook: Leading tackler Kisharn Starkie is gone, but the defense Martinsville returns ranks among the fastest in the region. Jones, who reads opposing offenses extremely well, will be a stalwart at linebacker, while the secondary features a trio of three-year starters. Garcia and Hairston, who’s moving from linebacker to safety, are both firstteam all-district picks. Hairston’s switch to quarterback provides hope for a more productive passing game. The Bulldogs will battle it out with Magna Vista for Piedmont supremacy and should get a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the regional playoffs. 240, sr.), G-DE Marquise Nowlin (6-0, 250, jr.), WB-LB Corey Hammond (5-8, 170, sr.), FB-LB Brad Lewis (5-0, 185, sr.), OT-LB Devin Merriman (5-10, 210, sr.), WB-DB Jared Wright (5-7, 155, sr.), QB-DB Brian Drewery (5-6, 145, jr.), G-NG Brode Corns (6-1, 275, jr.), TE-DE Jacob Gunter (6-1, 180, sr.), QB-LB Jonathan Goad (6-0, 180, sr.). 2010 summary: The Cougars — who lost 17 key players off the 2009 squad — entered the year aware that victories would be elusive. One chance came in the opener against North Stokes, N.C., when a late lead turned into a 26-21 loss. Defeats and injuries mounted from there. Patrick County scored just 20 points in the final six games as the season came to a merciful end with a 59-0 home loss to Martinsville. Outlook: The Cougars should be slightly improved. Drewery, a first-year starter at QB, will need to move the pocket to compensate for his lack of size, but he has a good arm. Lewis is a throwback fullback who will attack defenses between the tackles, while Hammond also can pick up tough yards. Last year’s No. 2 rusher, Jalen Reynolds, didn’t qualify academically, while Merriman is out until at least mid-September with a fractured leg. Richlands and Radford replace William Byrd and Lord Botetourt on a tough nondistrict slate. Three wins would be a solid season in Stuart.
Coach: Joe Favero (fourth season) Record at Magna Vista: 18-17 Last season: 11-2, 4-0 (lost in Region IV Division 4 final) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 3 Players to watch: QB Harvey Taylor (5-9, 178, sr.), WR-LB Zaukeus Witcher (6-3, 200, sr.), G Dillon Christian (6-2, 285, sr.), WR-CB DeShaun Penn (6-0, 162, sr.), RB-LB Cire Silver (5-11, 175, sr.), RB Antonio Wells (6-4, 264), sr.), RB-LB Keon Mabin (6-2, 205, jr.), RB-LB Marque Carter (5-10, 180), WR-DB Jalen Hayden (5-10, 147, sr.), DE Gabe Hagwood (6-3, 246, sr.). 2010 summary: Two years removed from an 0-10 season, the Warriors surged to the Region IV Division 4 title game, where they fell to then-unbeaten Christiansburg 41-27. Taylor and running back T.C. Carter both finished with more than 1,000 yards rushing. Magna
Coach: Bobby Dalton (third season) Record at Martinsville: 8-14 Last season: 6-6, 3-1 (lost in Region IV Division 3 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 9 Players to watch: RB-DB Cedric Tarpley (5-7, 160, sr.), RB Freddie Williams (5-9, 190, sr.), QB-S Ishmel Hairston (5-11, 190, sr.), G Tyshawn Williams (6-1, 310, jr.), WR Damien Patterson (6-1, 175, sr.), LB Herman Jones (5-9, 180, sr.), DT Alberto Garcia (5-7, 200, jr.), TE Jontae Powell (6-2, 250, jr.), T Darius Simington (6-4, 250, jr.),
Coach: Brad Dalton (sixth season) Record at Patrick County: 22-30 Last season: 0-10, 0-4 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 8 Players to watch: C-DE Austin Helms (6-0,
BRENDEN MOTLEY Christiansburg quarterback/ defensive back HARVEY TAYLOR Magna Vista quarterback ZACH SNELL Christiansburg running back/ linebacker
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Coach: David Crist (37th season) Record at Blacksburg: 226-168-4 Last season: 3-7, 1-4 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 3 Returning defensive starters: 3 Players to watch: OG-LB Marcus Ilardo (6-0, 260, jr.), RB-LB Ryan Sims (6-0, 160, soph.), PK-P Carson Wise (5-9, 135, soph.), WR-CB Corey King (5-8, 147, sr.), WR-FS Luke Grant (5-9, 146, sr.), FB-LB Joe Lucas (5-10, 160, soph.), OT-DE Adam Vaught (6-6, 230, soph.), OG-DT Adam Peton (6-2, 240, soph.), TE-DE Parker Robertson (6-3, 220, jr.), TE-LB Sam Robinson (6-0, 170, sr.). 2010 summary: Blacksburg’s program made most of its news off the field when it was learned that Crist would be inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame this fall. Blacksburg’s wins were against Giles, Lord Botetourt and Hidden Valley. Other than a close loss to Salem, the Bruins were beaten decisively in their losses against some very strong competition. Outlook: Most, if not all, of the playmakers on last year’s team are gone. The big loss was QB Terrence Travis, who led Blacksburg in rushing and passing. The top three tacklers graduated as well. The Bruins do have good size up front defensively. Ilardo, the son of former Virginia Tech linebacker Leno Illardo, packs a wallop at linebacker. Sophomores might start at quarterback, tailback and fullback. Wise kicked six field goals last year and was Blacksburg’s second-leading scorer. Given the youth and inexperience, this shapes up as a tough season for the Bruins.
Coach: Tim Cromer (10th season) Record at Christiansburg: 62-41 Last season: 12-1, 5-0 (lost in Group AA Division 4 semifinal) Returning offensive starters: 4 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: QB-FS Brenden Motley (6-4, 194, sr.), RB-LB Zach Snell (5-10, 171, sr.), NG Ervin Buchannon (5-8, 226, sr.), RB Kam Johnson (6-0, 168, sr.), OG-LB Seth Wills (6-0, 191, soph.), WR-CB Zach Davis (6-3, 175, sr.), LB Addam Scott (6-0, 183, sr.), DE Alex Dunn (6-2, 219, sr.), DE Jonathan Galante (5-11, 189, sr.), WR Dee Kelly (5-11, 167, sr.). 2010 summary: Christiansburg averaged 36 points per game in rolling to the first 10-0 regular season in school history. The Blue Demons used a devastating running game out of the wing-T to win a second straight regional title. The defense posted three straight early-season shutouts and one in the playoffs. A 28-21 loss to Harrisonburg in double-OT in the snow ended hopes for a first state title. Outlook: The Blue Demons are favored to repeat as River Ridge and Region IV champs. Motley, who has committed to Virginia Tech, headlines an athletic backfield that includes Snell, who averaged nine yards per carry. Johnson could be as quick as any back in Timesland. The new receiving corps is tall, deep and athletic. Buchannon is a returning All-Group AA player. The kicking game is solid. The schedule is tougher with Franklin County replacing Patrick Henry. Christiansburg is a lock for a postseason berth and is a decent bet to advance at least one step further in the postseason.
Coach: Todd Jones (second season) Record at Pulaski County: 5-5 Last season: 5-5, 3-2 (ineligible for playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: LB Cody Long (6-1, 191, sr.), RB Rick Cobbs (5-10, 201, sr.), DL Pierce Rigney (6-2, 212, sr.), DL Phoenix Ramsey (6-1, 230, sr.); OG Sammy Songer (5-11, 228, sr.), QB Tyler Dotson (5-11, 171, jr.), RB Marcus McClanahan (5-10, 187, jr.), DL James King (6-3, 225, jr.), WR Zack Akers (6-2, 208, jr.), DL Kareem Calfee (6-3, 270, soph.). 2010 summary: Jones’ first year on the job had to rate as a major success. He was hired in mid-summer and he inherited a one-year VHSL probation that left the Cougars ineligible for postseason play. Pulaski had early-season wins over Patrick Henry and William Fleming, and closed with three straight wins including a 21-13 victory over Salem, its third over the Spartans in the last four meetings. Outlook: Who expects Pulaski to hover around the .500 mark for long? The Cougars appear to be on the way up again and why not? Jones is one of the state’s winningest active coaches from his tenure at Group A Essex. Pulaski should be stronger defensively after giving up more than 30 points three times in 2011. Long has established himself as one of the area’s premier linebackers. Dotson takes over at QB and his performance will be critical. Somebody in Pulaski must be optimistic. Otherwise, the Cougars wouldn’t be playing at Richlands this year. Count on a return to the playoffs and a chance to make some noise.
Coach: Harris Hart (seventh season) Record at Bland County: 31-31 Last season: 2-8, 0-4 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 3 Returning defensive starters: 2 Players to watch: QB-S Raymond Greene (6-1, 170, sr.), OL Ryan Hagy (5-9, 276, jr.), FB-DE Jakob Haun (5-11, 185, sr.), S-RB Josh Tiller (5-10, 146, sr.), RB-CB Ray Holston (5-8, 145, sr.), DE-TE James Collins (6-3, 176, sr.), C-LB John Griffth (6-0, 255, jr.), DE-TE Cody Radford (5-10, 229, jr.), CB-WR Shane Linkous (5-9, 143, sr.), OG Cody Nelson (5-8, 160, sr.). 2010 summary: Bland County lost senior Jacob Lambert, the best player on both sides of the line of scrimmage, to injury the second game of the season, fell into disarray and never recovered. The Bears’ struggles were acute on offense. They were shut out three times and scored seven or fewer points in four more losses, missing the playoffs for the second straight year. Outlook: Much will be expected of Greene, who is close to indispensable. He caught 13 passes as a receiver last year. The Bears will be big up front, which could give Greene time to run the option out of the wing-T. Haun led Bland in rushing last year with 473 yards, but he did not find the end zone. Linemen will be platooned if possible, but inexperience and a lack of depth may force a change of plans at a moment’s notice. The roster includes 11 sophomores and nine freshmen, so the Bears will be young next year too. Even with the new playoff system, making the postseason will be a stretch.
to the Mustangs. When Galax won a state basketball title last spring, head coach Verl Brown repeatedly praised new assistant Dixon, a former Miami Dolphins lineman. That’s an indication Galax might continue to be a force. Outlook: Is the Maroon Tide the next EastMont? There will be real disappointment in these precincts if this group of moldbreaking seniors doesn’t make a big run at Division 1 glory. The first four weeks or so, Galax will be without injured lineman Brown. Vaughan (99-670) will be a workhorse if he can avoid the injuries that slowed him in 2010. George (20.7 per catch, 10 TDs) is big and play-ready, and the multitalented Pack won the Region C high jump title in May. Although big-play QB Terrance Mazon graduated, don’t be surprised if Galax wins more than nine games this year.
Coach: Tim Fulton (seventh season) Record at Cave Spring: 34-33 Last season: 8-4, 4-1 (lost in Region IV Division 3 final) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: RB Sam Wright (5-11, 195, sr.), TE-LB Jordan Bryant (6-1, 224, jr.), QB-DB Reece Kingery (6-0, 185, sr.), WR-DB Tony Simmons (6-3, 190, sr.), WR-DB Jon Evans (5-10, 150, jr.), OG-LB Tyler Francis (6-0, 180, sr.), C Kyle Harris (5-10, 255, sr.), OG Daniel Cloeter (5-11, 190, sr.), RB-LB Ryan Gerhardt (5-8, 175, sr.), OL-LB Nick Frohock (5-9, 205, sr.). 2010 summary: Cave Spring is coming off back-to-back seasons in which the Knights reached the state semifinals in 2009 and the regional final last year. The Knights had a landmark 34-10 home win over Salem. QB Josh Woodrum finished his career with more than 5,300 passing yards and signed with Liberty University. Top receiver and defensive back Michael Cole signed with Virginia Tech. Outlook: Wright is back for his third year as Cave Spring’s featured running back. He topped the 1,000-yard mark for the regular season and finished with 1,252 yards and 18 TDs in 12 games. Kingery will replace Woodrum at QB and should bring a high level of athleticism. Simmons, the team’s leading tackler with 85 solo hits, will try to fill Cole’s role. Three of five starters return on the offensive line, which includes Dylan Brucki (6-4, 290, jr.). Cave Spring will be hard-pressed to repeat last year’s second-place finish in the River Ridge, but another berth in the regional final is possible.
Coach: Scott Weaver (third season) Record at Hidden Valley: 7-14 Last season: 0-10, 0-5 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 8 Returning defensive starters: 9 Players to watch: QB Michael Simonic (6-1, 198, sr.), WR-SS Jake Kite (6-1, 175, jr.), RB Walker Brand (5-7, 168, soph.), WR-FS Dee Fletcher (6-2, 178, sr.), RG Chris Moses (6-1, 221, jr.), RT Jordan Parke (5-11, 285, jr.), LT Trevor Holdren (6-4, 277, sr.), LB Kyle Stanley (6-2, 184, sr.), LG Jared Repass (5-11, 230, sr.), TE Shane Foley (5-10, 200, sr.). 2010 summary: Hidden Valley’s troubles began in the preseason when Simonic was lost for the year with a knee injury and linebacker Jake Hubbard suffered a season-ending concussion in the first game. Hubbard will not play this year either. Despite having freshmen starting at quarterback and tailback, the Titans lost to Northside, Pulaski County and Lord Botetourt by a combined total of seven points. Outlook: Barring major injuries, the picture has to look brighter this year for Hidden Valley. Simonic is 100 percent and has set team weightlifting records, while the offensive line returns virtually intact. Kite has started in the secondary since his freshman year and is among a number of juniors in the lineup. Sophomore Massi Flici will start at middle linebacker. The Titans have replaced Brookville on the schedule with Bassett, which could be a very important game. Hidden Valley will be improved, and grabbing one of the six Region IV Division 4 playoff spots could be within reach.
Coach: Stephen Magenbauer (eighth season) Record at Salem: 77-11 Last season: 7-4, 2-3 (lost in Region IV Division 4 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: QB Matt Hill (6-5, 198, jr.), WR-FS Chad Fisher (5-9, 163, jr.), WR-SS Mic Edwards (5-11, 198, sr.), RB-DE Marty Bishop (5-11, 209, sr.), TE-DE Colton Taylor (6-1, 206, sr.), OG Devin Smith (5-10, 199, sr.), RB Jordan Daniels (5-5, 149, sr.), OT Alex Light (6-5, 259, soph.), LB Jamal Holland (5-11, 207, jr.), NG Quan Lee (5-9, 197, sr.). 2010 summary: Salem’s 7-4 season would be a success at most schools, but the four losses were the most for the Spartans since 2002. However, Salem did defeat Franklin County and Northside along with a comeback win over William Fleming. Salem committed 17 turnovers in its four losses, including six against Christiansburg and three in a 48-35 regional semifinal playoff loss to Magna Vista. Outlook: Hill, the JV quarterback last year, takes over following a two-year run by Adam McGarrell. At 6-5, he is Timesland’s tallest QB. Daniels led the Spartans in rushing with 554 yards while Bishop had a team-high nine TDs. Edwards is the leading returning receiver with 14 catches. Smith and Brandon Spangler are the two returning starters on the offensive line. Edwards, Smith, Fisher, Taylor and Bishop should be two-way starters. Salem has excellent team speed, led by freshman RB Isaiah Harris. Another seven-win season and an eighth straight playoff berth seem like a realistic forecast.
Coach: Stephen James (seventh season) Record at Fort Chiswell: 36-29 Last season: 9-3, 3-1 (lost in Region C Division 2 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: OL-ILB Coleman Thomas (6-6, 260, soph.), G-NT Justus Houston (5-10, 260, sr.), QB Cory Mabry (6-5, 170, sr.), FB-S Daniel Hamm (5-11, 175, jr.), OT-DT Josh Gleason (6-1, 235, sr.), FL-CB Trey Jackson (6-0, 180, sr.), TB-S Ray Rodriguez (5-11, 175, sr.), WR-CB Corey Gravely (6-5, 180, sr.), WR-OLB Desmond Perry (6-0, 170, jr.), CB-WR McKenzie Mabe (5-10, 155, sr.). 2010 summary: Fort Chiswell mixed some big wins (Galax, George Wythe, Floyd County twice) with some frustration (two losses to Chilhowie, including an 28-14 defeat in the regional semifinals). The Pioneers were a pleasant surprise given significant graduation losses from the 11-2 team in 2009. A 35-28 loss at home to Grayson County in Week 10 kept Fort Chiswell from winning the district title outright. Outlook: Mabry moves to QB after serving a backup role under Will Freeman last year. Also gone is Johnse Hatfield, who rushed for 1,488 yards in the regular season. Thomas, the firstteam All-Region C center as a freshman, could very well end up an NCAA Division I prospect. Hamm, the reigning Group A triple jump champ, and the explosive Rodriguez, give the Pioneers offensive firepower. James’ program has developed an enviable consistency. If Fort Chiswell can get through a difficult early schedule, the Pioneers should advance to the Division 2 West playoffs.
Coach: Brett McPherson (sixth season) Record at Grayson County: 23-30 Last season: 6-5, 3-1 (lost in Region C Division 2 first round) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 7 Players to watch: TB-CB Xavier Rodriguez (5-6, 150, sr.), FB-LB Darren Anderson (5-9, 215, sr.), WR-DB Mike Rodgers (6-2, 190, jr.), C-DE Dan Crawford (5-9, 200, sr.), OL-DL Chris Shaw (6-2, 200, sr.), QB-S Max Rodgers (6-3, 185, soph.), LB-RB Zach Vaughn (5-11,160 sr.), DE-TE Ty McMillian (5-9, 230, sr.), DE-RB Jarel Smith (5-9, 165, jr.), WR-DB Spencer Roberts (5-7, 140, jr.). 2010 summary: Grayson County was strong early in the campaign and late, drubbing Chilhowie 48-22 in Week 2 and clinching a Division 2 postseason berth by winning three of the its four MED games. The two hot streaks bookended a four-game midseason losing skid. The Devils could score, averaging 45.6 points in their wins and booking 34 more in the 1-point loss to Carroll County Outlook: The Blue Devils will be explosive again. Last year, Rodriguez averaged 105.4 rushing yards per game and scored 110 points, No. 7 in Timesland. Mike Rogers caught 26 passes and will be the focus after the graduation of star receiver Eric Harvey. Max Rogers, coming off a shoulder injury last year, replaces Ethan Hash at QB. This could be McPherson’s best team in Independence. Expect Grayson to challenge Galax, Fort Chiswell and new addition Graham for supremacy in a much-improved MED en route to a spot in the Division 2 West postseason.
Coach: Mark Dixon (second season) Record at Galax: 9-4 Last season: 9-4, 3-1 (lost in Region C Division 1 final) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 8 Players to watch: RB-LB Jordan Vaughan (6-0, 190, sr.), OL-DL Darius Brown (5-11, 220, sr.), WR-S Deion George (6-3, 190, sr.), RB-LB Jacob Fisher (5-10, 185, sr.), QB Austin Pack (6-2, 175, sr.), OL-DL Woody Dixon (6-1, 200, sr.), OL-DL Colton Turbyfill (6-1, 200, sr.), FS Devonte McKinney (6-3, 200, sr.), SS Dante Ravenell (5-9, 150, sr.), CB Donte Peoples ( 5-8, 175, jr.). 2010 summary: Galax produced a blockbuster start to the Dixon regime. Ultimately, the Maroon Tide could not solve the Eastern Montgomery riddle, losing twice
Coach: Kelly Lowe (ninth season) Record at Narrows: 40-45 Last season: 2-8, 1-3 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 6 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: RB-LB Wyatt Robertson (5-7, 150, sr.), RB-LB Joe Butler (6-0, 188, sr.), RB-LB Adrian Parcell (5-205, sr.); OL-DL Cody Cumbee (6-3, 185, sr.), OL-DL Cody Ludwig (5-9, 230, sr.), TE-LB Taylor Craft (6-2, 195, sr.), OL-DL Tyler Evans (5-9, 180, jr.), SE-DB Jared Brown (5-10, 150, jr.), RB-DB Rodney Perdue (5-10, 150, soph.), QB-DB Joe Hall (6-2, 160, soph.). 2010 summary: Narrows lost five of its first six games and never gained any traction once it reached the district portion of its schedule. The only victories came against winless Auburn in the fifth game and against Bland County, a win that saved Narrows from the district cellar. Defense was a major problem. Outlook: Narrows can bank on tradition. Several prominent players are sons or relatives of Narrows stars of the past. Expect the Wave to return to the basics of wing-T offense. Butler and Robertson last year combined for 811 rushing yards. Robertson added a team-leading 55 solo tackles. Hall, the JV QB last year, won the varsity job over another sophomore. Hall has good size and has displayed a strong arm and solid mechanics. It probably will take three wins to qualify for the new Division 1 West playoffs. Narrows will be better, but the MED is improved. A playoff berth is a possibility.
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2010 REGULAR SEASON STATS
SCORING Johnson, Chilhowie Shelor, EMont Helton, Covington D.Harris, Floyd Reynolds, Liberty Hatfield, Chiswell Rodriguez, Grayson Taylor, M.Vista Coles, S.River Mollett, Carroll Ollie, RCatholic Wright, C.Spring Lee, Christiansburg Wooten, EMont Carter, M.Vista Adkins, Radford Cole, C.Spring Martin, N.Cross Preston, Franklin Carter, Radford Tolley, Wythe Woods, Glenvar RUSHING D.Harris, Floyd Hatfield, F.Chiswell Coles, S.River Woods, Glenvar Johnson, Chilhowie Helton, Covington Taylor, M.Vista Shelor, EMont Carter, M.Vista Rodriguez, Grayson Wright, C.Spring Tolley, P.McCluer Mullins, Auburn M.Jones, J.Forest Keys, Franklin Zheng, Rockbridge Martin, N.Cross Lee, Christiansburg Carter, Radford Reynolds, Liberty Deer, Catholic C.Jones, S.River Prince, P.Henry Snell, Christiansburg Horstmann, Byrd Graves, Carlisle Fry, Bath Travis, Blacksburg Lewis, Covington Gibson, Alleghany Hardy, Fleming Baker, Giles Martin, Craig Ollie, Catholic Cobbs, Pulaski Conley, Chilhowie M.Ouellette, Craig Crouse, Bath Vaughan, Galax Cochran, P.Henry Ziglar, Martinsville Tolley, Wythe Stone, Botetourt Garrett, J.River Terry, P.Henry Kessinger, Giles Finney, Bassett Clark, Liberty Anderson, R.Retreat RECEIVING Wooten, EMont King, J.River Gunter, Carlisle Ware, J.River Stewart, EMont Hughes, Salem Kirby, Alleghany Trent, N.Cross Foster, R.Retreat Carter, Alleghany George, Galax Akers, Pulaski Harvey, Grayson Preston, Franklin Falls, J.River Anderson, C.Spring Clark, N.Cross Fry, Bath Porter, Blacksburg Shelor, EMont PASSING Christian, EMont Talbott, J.River Bradley, Alleghany Woodrum, C.Spring Hardister, Northside McGarrell, Salem Taylor, M.Vista Weaver, N.Cross Hash, Grayson Shaw, Franklin Mitchell, Carlisle Mazon, Galax Williams, R.Retreat Carter, Radford Motley, Christiansburg Robertson, Bath J.Ouellette, Craig Perry, Pulaski Rhett Sturgill, Chilhowie Travis, Blacksburg Willis, Wythe Lusk, Narrows Cline, Botetourt Barton, Byrd Freeman, Chiswell Hollandsworth, Floyd Outhong, Liberty PUNTING Coleman, Carlisle Cook, Pulaski Mabry, Glenvar Corcoran, Martinsville Carter, Radford Atwood, Bassett Hawks, Wythe Austin, Blacksburg Wills, Christiansburg Foster, R.Retreat Joseph, Fleming Brinkley, Bath Gibson, Alleghany INTERCEPTIONS Finney, Bassett Porter, Blacksburg Calfee, Wythe Cook, Pulaski Haynie, Glenvar Martin, Bassett Peregoy, Salem Stevers, J.River TACKLES Hagins, Fleming Ellis, S.River Graham, Marion Brammer, EMont Lythgoe, J.River Maples, Bassett J.Ouellette, Craig Williams, Radford Youngblood, Rockbridge Cain, Chiswell Dodson, M.Vista Meador, Byrd Hite, Blacksburg Simpson, Alleghany Woods, Glenvar Carpenter, Alleghany Lamb, Carroll Robertson, Narrows Dunsmore, R.Retreat Graves, Carlisle Hodges, Carroll K.Starkie, Martinsville Atwood, Wythe Ashby, Chilhowie Hoover, Craig SACKS Waker, Fleming Brinkley, Bath Moran, Northside Alston, S.River Rigney, Pulaski Schacter, Liberty X.Stanley, P.Henry K.Starkie, Martinsville Wynn, Wythe TACKLES FOR LOSS Mollett, Carroll Brammer, EMont Dooley, Glenvar Anderson, C.Spring Hagins, Fleming Vishneski, EMont Phillips, Blacksburg Simmons, C.Spring Wynn, Wythe Reynolds, Botetourt TD 30 26 22 21 17 20 17 18 17 16 15 16 15 14 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 Att 208 221 213 208 134 161 152 142 154 149 173 165 250 152 182 191 164 126 135 110 127 103 105 97 171 102 162 149 144 119 117 105 115 71 128 94 77 131 99 129 101 93 135 115 90 88 89 93 89 Rec 62 55 52 49 48 41 40 38 36 35 35 33 32 32 31 30 30 30 29 28 XPt 6 0 2 2 25 6 8 4 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FG Pts 0 186 0 156 0 134 0 128 0 127 0 126 0 110 0 108 0 102 0 96 0 96 0 96 0 90 0 88 0 86 0 84 0 84 0 84 0 84 0 78 0 78 0 78
2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Coach: Phil Collett (fifth season) Record at Auburn: 8-32 Last season: 0-10, 0-5 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 4 Returning defensive starters: 4 Players to watch: RB-LB Dustin Simpkins (5-10, 185, jr.), QB-MLB Gabe Spencer (5-8, 160, soph.), RB-WR Nick Parsell (5-7, 150, soph.), TE-NG Jacob Mullins (6-1, 290, sr.), OL-DE Michael Hinkley (6-3, 255, soph), WR-CB Ethan Hale (6-0, 165, jr.), OL Caleb Harless (5-11, 205, soph.), LB-FB Luke Wilson (5-7, 150, soph.), OG-DE Josh Simpkins (5-9, 185, sr.), WR-DB Cody Quesenberry (5-11, 175, sr.). 2010 summary: Highlights were few in a winless grind, but there was no overlooking Mullins’ hauling 290 pounds through a Timesland-leading 250 carries for 1,005 yards. The overworked Mullins, who also played nose tackle, could get the Eagles close to the end zone but couldn’t get them in. Auburn was outscored 427-83 and gave up at least 41 points in nine of the losses. Outlook: Better days have to be ahead. Spencer has the tools at QB, but at 160 pounds he also will play middle linebacker. Dustin Simpkins is moving to his natural offensive position. Auburn will try to get him in the open field. Parsell will be much more of a factor. With Green up front, there is still size and ability there. There is also Mullins, among the most unique players in Timesland. He won’t be getting all the carries he did last year, the hope being he won’t be worn out for defense. The horizon is brighter now that Auburn is in Division 1, but this could be another long season in Riner.
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Yds. Avg. GAvg. 1617 7.8 161.7 1488 6.7 148.8 1448 6.8 144.8 1293 6.2 129.3 1236 9.2 123.6 1185 7.4 118.5 1152 7.4 115.2 1130 8.0 113.0 1097 7.1 109.7 1054 7.1 105.4 1045 6.0 104.5 1006 6.1 100.6 1005 4.0 100.5 993 6.5 99.3 986 5.4 109.6 970 5.1 97.0 948 5.8 94.8 928 7.4 92.8 906 6.7 90.6 903 8.2 90.3 888 7.0 98.7 878 7.7 87.8 863 8.2 86.3 859 8.9 85.9 847 5.0 84.7 821 8.0 102.6 816 5.0 81.6 786 5.3 78.6 771 5.4 77.1 750 6.3 75.0 748 6.4 74.8 736 7.0 73.6 732 6.4 73.2 696 9.8 99.0 687 5.4 68.7 685 7.3 76.1 681 8.8 68.1 678 5.2 67.8 670 6.8 67.0 663 5.1 66.3 644 6.4 64.4 642 6.9 64.2 631 4.7 63.1 609 5.3 60.9 601 6.7 60.1 597 6.8 85.3 595 6.7 59.5 584 6.3 58.4 576 6.5 57.6 Yds 1002 714 875 679 833 639 601 471 709 540 724 430 667 712 440 295 546 426 471 363 TD 13 6 10 7 9 7 7 4 10 5 10 3 4 13 3 2 8 3 1 1 Avg. 16.2 13.0 16.8 13.9 17.3 15.6 15.0 12.4 19.7 15.4 20.7 13.0 20.8 22.3 14.2 9.8 18.2 14.2 16.2 13.0
DORIAN HARRIS Floyd County running back/ defensive end
ERIC BRADY | The Roanoke Times
his job easier. The schedule will be a test with games against three 2010 postseason teams in the first five outings, plus some eager Three Rivers opponents. Two victories could be the ceiling for the Mustangs. Coach: Winfred Beale (31st season) Record at Floyd County: 188-126-4 Last season: 5-6, 2-3 (lost in Region C Division 2 first round) Returning offensive starters: 7 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: RB-DE Dorian Harris (6-0, 205, jr.), WR-DB Matt Hollandsworth (6-3, 200, sr.), FB-OLB Eli Overstreet (5-11, 175, sr.), FL-DB Cole Worrell (5-10, 160, jr.), DE-TE Tyler Vaught (6-2, 185, jr.), ILB –OG Zak Sickey (6-0, 195, sr.), OLB-QB Gus Underwood (6-0, 160, jr.), C Dustin McGuire (6-1, 198, sr.), OT Peter Martin (6-3, 306, sr.), DT-OG Jacob Newman (6-1, 195, sr.). 2010 summary: Despite seasonlong in consistency, the Buffaloes reached the Division 2 Region C playoffs, losing to Fort Chiswell for the second time. Floyd County defeated strong teams from George Wythe and Radford and played Fort Chiswell tough but got hammered 42-28 by Giles. It was a breakout year for Harris, who led Timesland in rushing during the regular season with 1,617 yards. Outlook: Despite throwing for 633 yards and nine TDs with a 63 percent completion rate, Hollandsworth has faced a stiff challenge from Underwood for the starting job. If Underwood hangs on, Hollandsworth moves to wide receiver. One of them is going to have to produce in order to take some of the pressure off Harris. Beale vows that the Buffaloes will be no one-man gang. Injuries have slowed preseason development on the offensive line. It might take five or six wins to make the 16-team Division 2 West playoffs. Floyd should be somewhere around that number.
Coach: Mark Poston (sixth season) Record at Eastern Montgomery: 35-21 Last season: 13-1, 5-0 (lost in Group A Division 1 championship) Returning offensive starters: 3 Returning defensive starters: 4 Players to watch: DE-QB James Fields (6-2, 180, jr.), MLB-OL Shane DeWeese (6-2, 230, soph.), OLB-Ol Caleb Woods (6-2, 215, sr.), Christopher Yarbrough (6-1, 190, jr.), WB-DB Matt Epperly (6-0, 165, sr.), QB-DB Troy Rucker (5-7, 140, jr.), OL-DL Eli Motley (6-3, 280, jr.), RB-DL Kendall Sisson (5-9, 135, jr.), WR-DB J.T. Shrader (5-11, 150, soph.), OL-DL Jacob East (6-1, 180, jr.) 2010 summary: Eastern Montgomery’s historic season ended one win short with a 63-49 loss to Riverheads in the Division 1 state championship. Timesland offensive player of the year Shawn Christian finished his career No. 3 on the VHSL list in passing yardage. Among EastMont’s many accomplishments was a sweep of district big boys Radford, Giles, Floyd County and Glenvar. Outlook: Not only did Christian graduate, but receivers Brad Wooten and Julian Stewart are gone along with 1,100-yard rusher Michael Shelor. The QB job has been a battle between Glenvar transfer Fields and Rucker, both of whom took equal snaps in practices and scrimmages. The new QB ought to have a solid line and running game to help make
Coach: Jeff Williams (fourth season) Record at Giles: 17-15 Last season: 3-2, 5-5 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 4 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: TB-DB Brad Kessinger (5-8, 155, sr.), G-LB Tyler Nelson (5-9, 172, sr.), C Bubba Workman (6-1, 230, sr.), G-DL Kearsley Dillion (5-10, 234, jr.), OG-DL Zebb Wall (5-8, 215, sr.) WB-DB Zach Keaton (5-11, 160, sr.), TB-FS Ian Mann (6-1, 157, jr.) OL-DT Kevin Ferrell (5-11, 220, sr.), WB Cody Vaught (6-0, 137, sr.), WB-DB Garrett Lee (6-1, 166, jr.). 2010 summary: Giles’ season was summed up in Week 5 when the Spartans coughed up a threepoint lead in the last 48 seconds and lost 21-17 to George Wythe, costing them a postseason bid. Giles had trouble with teams that had speed and quickness. Kessinger missed half the season with a concussion and ankle injury. Giles had its moments, particularly a late-season two-TD win over Floyd County. Outlook: Kessinger, who ran for 597 yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry, is back at full strength, which adds to the best speed and quickness in the skill positions of the single-wing offense the Spartans have had in years. Nelson is a three-year starter and the leader of the offensive line, a unit that also includes vets Workman, Dillon, Wall and Ferrell. A major strength: Williams thinks he has the best kicking game in the state with Keaton on placements and Lee as a punter. Giles is a strong contender for the Three Rivers title and at least should nail down a Division 2 West playoff berth.
Players to watch: MLB-RB Seth Dooley (6-5, 225, sr.), QB-S Jacob Mabry (5-11, 165, sr.), OL-DL Sean Biddle (6-4, 315, sr.), OL-DL Camren Wynn (6-0, 200, sr.), OL-LB Troy Philpott (5-10, 195, sr.), WR-DB Tyler Haynie (5-9, 150, sr.), TE-DE Jacob Noble (6-3, 230, sr.), C-DL Zach Irish (6-0, 205, sr.), OL-DE Hunter Graham (6-0, 195, sr.), TE-LB Derek Alba (5-11, 195, sr.). 2010 summary: The Highlanders started with a four-game win streak, before injuries struck. Among the most notable losses was Noble, who tore an ACL, played with it for a while, then was done. Glenvar lost four of its last six, including back-to-back losses to Radford and Eastern Montgomery by a combined 84-21. A one-point win at Floyd County in the finale wasn’t enough to salvage a playoff berth. Outlook: Dooley, only in his second high school season, already has committed to Virginia Tech. He will move from end to linebacker. Noble is still battling knee problems but is expected to play. Already looking to replace graduated 1,293-yard rusher Tim Woods, the Highlanders suffered a blow when senior back Tommy Roach tore his ACL in the first scrimmage. Mabry will provide an experienced hand at QB behind an imposing front line that includes Biddle, Wynn, Philpott and Graham. Glenvar hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2005 but that might change.
Coach: Kevin Clifford (fifth season) Record at Glenvar: 22-18 Last season: 6-4, 2-3 (did not make playoffs) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 5
Coach: Matthew Saunders (fifth season) Record at Radford: 32-16 Last season: 9-4, 3-2 (lost in Group A Division 2 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 8 Players to watch: WB-LB Corey Dark (6-2, 220, sr.), WB-S William Minter (5-10, 165, jr.), WR-CB Dashon Devore (6-1, 165, sr.), OG-NG Cody Morgan (6-0, 255, jr.), OG-DT Justan Bland (5-8, 200, sr.), OT-DL D’Vante Edwards (5-11, 250, sr.), DE Shaquille Saunders (5-11, 245, sr.), DE-TE Deion Baylor (5-11, 185, sr.), NG Alan O’Berry (5-9, 170, sr.), QB-LB Hunter Marshall (5-11, 155, jr.). 2010 summary: Radford started 3-1, but a 50-21 loss to Eastern Montgomery took the wind out of the Bobcats’ sails. Radford decked George Wythe and Chilhowie before crashing with a season-ending state semifinal loss to champion-to-be Gate City. That was the end for a crack senior class led by Dontae Carter, one of the top quarterbacks in a program that has had some stellar ones. Outlook: Marshall won’t be asked to fill the athletic shoes of Carter, but he should provide some cool-headed decision-making. Dark, 20 pounds heavier than last year, has a chance to be the best player present every time out if he hasn’t lost any of his quickness. Minter, who was away from Radford football for a time as he evaluated his priorities, started as a freshman in the 2009 state championship game. Radford should be at or near the top of the Three Rivers. The Division 2 West playoff field will be loaded with strong teams, but the Bobcats should be in the mix.
C-A-I TD 156-237-10 27 162-294-10 17 145-263-6 14 128-217-6 18 97-169-7 19 106-176-12 10 86-140-3 14 91-189-8 15 64-153-9 11 68-138-8 17 83-166-13 11 68-143-5 15 54-116-5 10 65-119-10 12 50-93-5 8 94-158-7 5 57-110-6 10 62-135-10 10 39-73-5 11 67-152-10 2 45-73-2 7 44-95-7 4 60-112-7 2 48-113-6 7 44-90-6 3 46-73-2 9 33-82-4 4 No. 23 46 22 44 23 36 20 18 19 19 28 24 28 Ind. 118 100 105 85 38 84 82 72 73 84 87 79 70 73 78 71 71 55 77 70 62 70 64 64 61
Pct Yds 65.8 2550 55.1 2220 55.1 1853 59.0 1704 57.4 1505 60.2 1468 61.4 1402 48.1 1337 41.8 1272 49.3 1163 50.0 1139 47.6 1109 46.5 1000 54.6 995 53.8 982 58.2 935 51.8 905 45.9 830 53.4 817 44.1 792 61.6 723 46.3 700 53.6 698 42.5 666 48.9 645 63.0 633 40.2 532 Yds. Avg. 907 39.4 1807 39.3 845 38.4 1571 38.0 861 37.4 1344 37.3 742 37.1 656 36.4 688 36.2 686 36.1 1009 36.0 850 35.4 980 35.0 No. 9 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 Ast. Tot. 41 138.5 60 130.0 48 129.0 56 113.0 148 112.0 47 107.5 50 107.0 69 106.5 63 104.5 34 101.0 28 101.0 43 100.5 56 98.0 48 97.0 37 96.5 50 96.0 49 95.5 80 95.0 28 91.0 42 91.0 56 90.0 36 88.0 46 87.0 45 86.5 50 86.0 Tot. 14.0 12.0 12.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 Tot. 27.0 25.5 20.0 19.0 19.0 18.0 17.0 17.0 17.0 16.0
Coach: Larry Russell (11th season) Record at Chilhowie: 74-34 Last season: 9-3, 4-1 (lost in Region C Division 2 final) Returning offensive starters: 4 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: RB-LB Brett Johnson (5-8, 175, sr.), DB-RB Aaron Conley (5-9, 165, sr.), DL-OL Jacob Shuler (5-11, 220, sr.), WR-DB Reid Sturgill (6-0, 140, jr.), TE-LB Levi Gillespie (6-0, 185, sr.), FB-DE Forrest Haga (6-0 170, jr.), QB-DB Dylan Thomas (6-0, 145, jr.), QB-DB Tyler Pierce (5-10, 150, jr.), C-DT Dalton Snider (5-11, 200, jr.), OG-DT Ben Whitley (5-11, 210, jr.). 2010 summary: Chilhowie was consistently strong, other than a 48-22 drubbing at the hands of Grayson County in Week 2. Seeking their first Hogoheegee title since 2001, the Warriors had the grail snatched away from them by George Wythe in a 14-13 game in the district opener. In its third straight trip to the playoffs, Chilhowie lost 14-6 to Radford in the regional final. Outlook: The Warriors have skill players all over the field. They’re led by Johnson, who rushed for 1,365 yards and scored 33 TDs in 12 games. Conley, who gained 839 yards with 12 TDs, is also multitalented. Chilhowie must replace QB Rhett Sturgill and most of the offensive line. Thomas and Pierce could share the duties at quarterback, while Shuler is the only offensive lineman with experience. Chilhowie dropped down to Division 1 in the new playoff format. J.I. Burton, Clintwood and Appalachia could loom as playoff foes. The Warriors certainly should qualify this year. Floyd County and Fort Chiswell by a combined 13 points. Two of those losses were at home. The Maroons defeated Grayson County in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Radford 26-0 in the regional semifinal. Outlook: The Maroons are loaded with speed. Hagy, Tolley and Young made up three-fourths of the winning 400-meter relay team in the Group A track and field meet. The rich get richer as Turpin is back with the Maroons after playing at Knox Central (Ky.), adding more skill and speed. Willis is a first-time starter at QB, and the Maroons must develop consistency along the offensive line where Lester is a force. Wythe is an overwhelming favorite to win the Hogoheegee title. Now a Division 1 school, the Maroons figure to be playing somewhere in December. 190, sr.), QB Zayne Williams (5-8, 200, sr.) RB-DB Lukas Langston (5-8, 160, sr.), RB-DB T.C. Caudill (5-8, 160, jr,), OL-DL Dillon Cregger (5-11, 205, sr.), OL-LB Ryan Justus (5-8, 200 sr.), TE-LB Jay Linkous (5-11, 200, jr.), OL-DL Jacob Lawson (6-0, 210, sr.), RB-DB Dominque Epps (5-7, 160, jr.), OL-DL Hunter Addison (5-10, 210, soph.). 2010 summary: Rural Retreat started 0-4 but used a four-game winning streak in the middle of the season to secure a second straight playoff berth. A 27-20 victory over Glenvar at home sparked the turnaround. The Indians finished Moore’s first season with three straight losses, including a 55-21 first-round playoff defeat at Galax. Outlook: The Indians, who lost just one starter on each side of the ball, are led by six seniors entering their fourth varsity season. Williams passed for 1,177 yards and 11 TDs last year. Foster, who caught all 11 TD throws, had 41 catches overall. Rural Retreat added Bland County and Narrows to its schedule, so the early schedule isn’t as daunting. District rivals Chilhowie and George Wythe are now in Division 1, but the West Division will include 16 schools. Five wins are a strong possibility, which would easily qualify the Indians for the postseason.
Coach: H.S. Ingo (third season) Record at George Wythe: 15-8 Last season: 8-4, 5-0 (lost in Region C Division 2 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 8 Players to watch: TE-DE Myron Wynn (6-1, 180, sr.), RB-LB Jonathan Turpin (5-11, 200, sr.), RB-DB Hunter Tolley (6-3, 165, sr.), WR-DB Nick Hagy (6-0, 150, sr.), RB Isaac Young (5-10, 160, sr.), RB-DB Mitch Castanon (5-11, 150, sr.), P-PK Mikel Hawks (6-1, 136, sr.), TE-DE Hardy Lester (6-4, 190, jr.), FB-LB Jordan Atwood (6-0, 169, jr.), QB-DB Alex Willis (6-0, 157, jr.). 2010 summary: George Wythe won the Hogoheegee title for the fourth straight year. The three regular-season losses came to Radford,
Coach: Christopher Moore (second season) Record at Rural Retreat: 4-7 Last season: 4-7, 3-2 (lost in Region C Division 1 first round) Returning offensive starters: 10 Returning defensive starters: 10 Players to watch: WR-DB Travis Foster (6-2,
VHSL GROUP AAA DIVISION 6 First round Eastern Region Bayside 26, Frank Cox 15 Oscar Smith 35, Landstown 0 Salem 27, Ocean Lakes 17 Woodside 33, Grassfield 18 Northern Region Lake Braddock 34, Langley 10 Centreville 24, Fairfax 6 Chantilly 7, Westfield 0 James Robinson 14, Oakton 7 Northwest Region Battlefield 17, Gar-Field 13 Franklin County 17, Woodbridge 14 Region semifinals Central Region L.C. Bird 26, Highland Springs 0 Hermitage 28, Varina 14 Eastern Region Bayside 33, Woodside 13 Oscar Smith 48, Salem 7 Northern Region Lake Braddock 24, James Robinson 23 Chantilly 30, Centreville 13 Northwest Region Colonial Forge 43, Franklin County 19 Battlefield 48, C.D. Hylton 14 Region finals Central Region Hermitage 17, L.C. Bird 14 Eastern Region Bayside 42, Oscar Smith 40 Northern Region Lake Braddock 56, Chantilly 18 Northwest Region Battlefield 42, Colonial Forge 14 State semifinals Hermitage 42, Bayside 27 Battlefield 35, Lake Braddock 27 State championship Battlefield 26, Hermitage 7 DIVISION 5 First round Eastern Region Phoebus 49, Warwick 0 G r e a t B r i d g e 4 9, B o o ke r T. Washington 20 I.C. Norcom 24, Churchland 18 Hampton 36, Lake Taylor 7 Northern Region Stone Bridge 55, J.E.B. Stuart 0 South Lakes 39, Mount Vernon 0 Washington-Lee 28, Yorktown 7 Hayfield 34, McLean 13 Northwest Region Massaponax 52, Brooke Point 45 Loudoun Valley 27, Stafford 9 Region semifinals Central Region Hanover 56, Petersburg 28 Dinwiddie 43, Clover Hill 21 Eastern Region Phoebus 35, Great Bridge 6 Hampton 24, I.C. Norcom 0 Northern Region Stone Bridge 36, South Lakes 15 Hayfield 28, Washington-Lee 15 Northwest Region Osbourn 41, Loudoun Valley 21 Mountain View 18, Massaponax 12 Region finals Central Region Dinwiddie 28, Hanover 21 Eastern Region Phoebus 12, Hampton 7 Northwest Region Stone Bridge 35, Hayfield 7 Northwest Region Osbourn 48, Mountain View 7 State semifinals Stone Bridge 21, Osbourn 0 Phoebus 21, Dinwiddie 13 State championship Phoebus 36, Stone Bridge 17 DIVISION 4 First round Region II Louisa County 34, James Wood 7 Briar Woods 53, Orange County 7 Liberty-Bealeton 49, Fauquier 27 Broad Run 49, Sherando 26 Region III Broadway 28, Heritage-Lynchburg 7 Staunton River 21, E.C. Glass 10 Region IV Magna Vista 42, Abingdon 3 Carroll County 39, Bassett 21 Region semifinals Region I Eastern View 31, Powhatan 13 Courtland 14, Grafton 13 Region II Broad Run 39, Louisa County 21 Briar Woods 7, Liberty-Bealeton 0 Region III Harrisonburg 45, Staunton River 13 Amherst County 47, Broadway 14 Region IV Christiansburg 59, Carroll County 0 Magna Vista 48, Salem 35 Region finals Region I Courtland 31, Eastern View 10 Region II Briar Woods 24, Broad Run 21 Region III Harrisonburg 28, Amherst County 23 Region IV Christiansburg 41, Magna Vista 27 State semifinals Briar Woods 52, Courtland 8 Harrisonburg 28, Christiansburg 21, 2 OT State championship Briar Woods 41, Harrisonburg 21 DIVISION 3 First round Region II John Handley 30, W. Albemarle 7 Warren County 29, Dominion 26 Park View-Sterling 33, Millbrook 28 Monticello 20, Goochland 17 Region III Brookville 42, Stuarts Draft 18 Alleghany 35, Robert E. Lee 25 Region IV Grundy 45, Tunstall 14 Martinsville 27, Marion 0 Region semifinals Region I Poquoson 27, Nottoway 6 James Monroe 23, Bruton 9 Region II John Handley 19, Monticello 0 Warren County 14, Park View-Sterling 0 Region III Liberty 24, Alleghany 13 Brookville 12, Northside 10 Region IV Richlands 63, Martinsville 19 Cave Spring 50, Grundy 14 Region finals Region I Poquoson 42, James Monroe 7 Region II John Handley 49, Warren County 20 Region III Brookville 26, Liberty 9 Region IV Richlands 36, Cave Spring 23 State semifinals Poquoson 10, John Handley 3 Richlands 44, Brookville 7 State championship Poquoson 23, Richlands 17 DIVISION 2 First round Region C Fort Chiswell 28, Floyd County 13 George Wythe 21, Grayson County 14 Region semifinals Region A King William 60, Nandua 21 Lancaster 35, Essex 6 Region B Gretna 41, Manassas Park 7 Buckingham County 7, Clarke County 0 Region C Radford 26, George Wythe 0 Chilhowie 28, Fort Chiswell 14 Region D Gate City 56, Coeburn 0 Honaker 19, Powell Valley 13 Region finals Region A King William 36, Lancaster 7 Region B Gretna 42, Buckingham County 41, OT Region C Radford 14, Chilhowie 6 Region D Gate City 53, Honaker 6 State semifinals Gretna 35, King William 21 Gate City 27, Radford 17 State championship Gate City 27, Gretna 17 DIVISION 1 First round Region C Galax 55, Rural Retreat 21 Covington 21, Craig County 7 Region semifinals Region A Franklin 45, Colonial Beach 12 Sussex Central 52, Charles City 44 Region B Riverheads 47, Amelia County 21 Altavista 30, Madison County 22 Region C Eastern Montgomery 41, Covington 8 Galax 21, Bath County 7 Region D Clintwood 42, Twin Springs 7 J.I. Burton 24, Hurley 8 Region final Region A Franklin 26, Sussex Central 20 Region B Riverheads 42, Altavista 14 Region C Eastern Montgomery 41, Galax 21 Region D Clintwood 27, J.I. Burton 14 State semifinals Riverheads 35, Franklin 8 East. Montgomery 26, Clintwood 21 State championship Riverheads 63, East. Montgomery 49 VIS PLAYOFFS DIVISION I First round Fork Union 16, Liberty Christian 10 Collegiate 28, St. Christopher’s 16 State championship Fork Union 16, Collegiate 14 DIVISION II St. Anne’s-Belfield 48, Christchurch 13 Potomac School 38, Pope John Paul the Great 7 State championship St. Anne’s-Belfield 14, Potomac School 7 DIVISION III First round North Cross 37, Hampton Roads Academy 0 Norfolk Christian 43, Portsmouth Christian 34 State championship Norfolk Christian 29, North Cross 14 DIVISION IV First round Blessed Sac.-Huguenot 48, Roanoke Catholic 7 Fuqua 22, Greenbrier Christian 21 State championship Blessed Sac.-Huguenot 41, Fuqua 6
COREY DARK Radford wingback/ linebacker
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2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
THE ROANOKE TIMES
Coach: Will Fields (10th season) Record at Bath County: 71-38 Last season: 6-5, 4-0 (lost in Region C, Division 1 semifinal) Returning offensive starters: 4 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: C Mitchell Stinespring (6-2, 275, sr.), WR-DB Xavier Smothers (5-11, 180, sr.) TE Aaron Newmarker (6-2, 225, sr.), OL Matthew Quantz (6-3, 225, sr.), DB Dariene Helper (5-10, 170, sr.), LB Christian Woodzell (5-10, 205, soph.), DB Raymond Miller (5-9, 170, jr.), RB James McCulley (5-11, 190, sr.) RB Ben Wolfe (5-8, 140, soph.). 2010 summary: Bath County continued its dominance of the Pioneer District, winning the trophy for the eighth time in Fields’ nine years as coach. The Chargers had a firstround bye in the Region C Division 1 playoffs then lost to Galax at home in the regional semifinal. Seniors Derek Brinkley and Dillon Fry were first-team All-Group A picks by the VHSCA. Outlook: There are a lot of question marks in Hot Springs, most notably who’s under center when the season opens. The running backs are inexperienced. Newmarker and Smothers combined for 50 receptions last year. If the defense steps up, the Chargers should be able to play with anyone in Division 1. The Chargers will be the presumptive champion until another team knocks the king off the mountain. Bath County is in the East Division of Division 1, making it imperative to win enough games to avoid a potential long postseason road trip.
TROY HELTON Covington quarterback
Coach: Steve Dressler (fifth season) Record at Covington: 14-29 Last season: 6-6, 2-2 (lost in Region C Division 1 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 3 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: QB Troy Helton (5-10, 155, jr.), WR Warren Harrison (5-9, 140, jr.), RB-DB Dominique Jordan (5-7, 175, sr.), RB-DB Brandon Phillips (5-11, 160, soph.), OL-LB Marcus Jeter (6-0, 235, jr.), RB-LB Colton Harris (5-11, 175, jr.), OG-DE Lucas Via (5-11, 190, sr.), OT-LB Darryl Tolson (6-0, 235, jr.), WR-DB Jacorey Hughes (5-10, 160, sr.), OG-DE Derek Dressler (6-1, 240, fr.). 2010 summary: Covington matched its 2009 win total with six victories, a vast improvement over Dressler’s first two campaigns as head coach at his alma mater, where he started with consecutive 1-9 marks. The Cougars had three shutout wins last year and only allowed one TD in a playoff victory over Craig County. Helton, who has 2,159 career rushing yards, was responsible for 23 TDs. Outlook: Dressler has used a variety of offenses during his tenure, variations of the I-formation, the wing-T and the spread. Something new could be in store this fall. Covington is young with only three returning starters on offense. Phillips is expected to be an impact player on offense as he gained 146 rushing yards on just 12 carries and intercepted five passes as a freshman. Coming off its first .500 season since 2006, Covington is clearly headed in the right direction. The Cougars also might pack up and head east this time for a postseason game under the new playoff format in Group A.
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Coach: Mark McPherson (eighth season) Record at Craig County: 22-48 Last season: 6-5, 2-2 (lost in Region C Division 1 first round) Returning starters on offense: 4 Returning starters on defense: 5 Players to watch: RB Matt Ouellette (5-9, 170, jr.), RB Cody Dunbar (5-7, 160, soph.), OL-DL Kimzy Long (6-3, 270, sr.), OL-DL Jesse Crowder (6-4, 240, jr.), LB Matt Bryant (6-1, 175, jr.), K Jefferson Lee (5-6, 165, jr.) WR Derek Persinger (5-11, 150, sr.) C Kane Fields (5-10, 250, sr.), OL Andrew Newby (5-11, 240, soph.) FB Michael Brookman (5-11, 230, soph.). 2010 summary: Craig County reached the playoffs for just the second time. The Rockets had a rare win over James River and hung with Division 1 state runner-up Eastern Montgomery for three quarters. A first-round playoff loss to Pioneer rival Covington prevented Craig from posting the first postseason win in school history. Outlook: With two speedy backs in Ouellette and Dunbar, Craig will go away from a traditional offense to a shotgun wing-t. Ouellette rushed for 681 yards on 77 carries
for a 8.8 yards per carry average, one of the best in Timesland. Lee has solid leg, but he attempted just three field goals last year. Craig has a chance to make waves in the Pioneer District where every team seems to be rebuilding. The new definition of success requires knocking off perennial power Bath County, and this could be the year the Rockets climb that mountain.
Coach: Philip King (ninth season) Record at James River: 33-38 Last season: 5-5, 2-2 (did not make playoffs) Returning starters on offense: 2 Returning starters on defense: 2 Players to watch: WR Justin Stevers (6-0, 140, jr.), QB Kyle King (5-10, 160, jr.), C Jesse Witt (6-0, 180, sr.), RB Chris Moore (5-8, 140, jr.), LB Creek Turner (6-2, 185, sr.), LB Owen Deacon (6-0, 200, jr.), WR Dylan Flint (6-0, 135, jr.), QB-WR Sherman Austin (5-10, 165, soph) RB-LB Michael Lancenese (5-10, 165, sr.), RB-DL Travis Hays (6-0, 205, sr.), OL-DL Clarence Willis (5-9, 225, sr.), WR-LB Mitchell Caldwell (6-0, 170, sr.). Last season: James River opened the season with one of the biggest wins in school history, beating cross-county rival Lord Botetourt,
a Group AA Division 4 school. However, a 2-2 district record left the team 5-5 and outside of the playoffs, ending the season in disappointment. For a team loaded with seniors, this was not the ending they had in mind. Outlook: The Knights must replace QB Jordan Talbott, who threw for 6,082 yards in his career. Also gone are receivers K.W. King and Chris Ware, who combined for 104 receptions last year. Kyle King will direct the spread, which still should be a challenge for opponents to defend. King caught 16 passes last year at wide receiver. With an early schedule that includes Botetourt, Glenvar, Altavista, Staunton River and Alleghany, it might take some time for the Knights to get started. Even in a 16-team Division 2 West playoff field, five wins might not be enough to get included. Coach: Mike Craft (first season) Last season: 1-9, 0-4 (did not make playoffs) Players to watch: RB-LB Jacob Wheeler (5-9, 165, sr.), QB-DB Dylan Keckler (6-1, 148, sr.), OL-DL Trevor Roberts (5-11, 224, jr.), RB-DB Daquan Dawson (5-9, 160, soph.), WR-DB Taylor Walker (5-7, 143, sr.), Zack Stinnett
(6-3, 165, sr.) Bryson Adams, (6-4 198, sr.), Lucas Wheeler (6-1, 162, sr.) OL-DL Logan Longenecker (5-11, 197, sr.) OL-DL Todd Turner (6-2, 176, sr.) WR-DB Conrad Patterson (6-3, 157, sr.). 2010 Summary: Parry McCluer suffered through a long season for a program with such a proud history. The only win came in a nondistrict game at Auburn. Attrition took its toll, as only 12 players dressed for the final game. Bryan Tolley’s 1006 yards were a bright spot, but the Blues were shut out six times and were outscored 393-74, with 54 of those points coming in the lone victory. Outlook: Craft was thrust into the job this summer after newly hired Matt Wheeler was indicted on a federal child pornography charge. Wheeler had replaced Chris Gardner, who resigned after a two-year stint. A longtime assistant, Craft must turn the turmoil into positive energy. The roster size is increased, although 1,000-yard rusher Bryan Tolley graduated. A number of seniors such as Stinnett and Adams are playing this season after not participating in 2010. There is nowhere to go but up for Parry McCluer and this team should take the first steps toward respectability.
VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Coach: Mancino Craighead (third season) Record at Carlisle: 1-15 Last season: 0-8 Returning offensive starters: 7 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: QB-DB Tyshawn Mitchell (5-10, 165, sr.), WR-DB Eldrick Gunter (5-10, 170, sr.), TE, P-PK James Coleman (6-2, 195, sr.), OT-MLB Carter Wall (6-0, 215, sr.), RB-S Colton Akers (5-9, 160, soph.), OT-DE Lee Hamlett (6-1, 240, soph.), C-DT Aaron McCollum (5-9, 245, soph.), FB-MLB Christian Norris (6-1, 180, soph.). 2010 summary: Carlisle was winless last season with two games vanishing from the schedule for different reasons. Moving the ball was not the problem. The Chiefs lost 42-32 to Roanoke Catholic, 45-37 to Hargrave and 60-42 to Brunswick. Carlisle, which revived its program four years ago after a long absence, will switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense. Outlook: Carlisle returns 13 starters, led by Mitchell and Gunter. Mitchell threw for 1,139 yards while Gunter caught 52 passes for 875 yards and 10 TDs. Gunter also is a kick-return specialist with explosive speed. Many of Craighead’s seniors are in their third year with the program, same as the coach, and this could be the year the Chiefs win a couple although the schedule — which includes North Cross — is very difficult. Look for Wall, a transfer from Virginia Episcopal; and Norris, an aggressive soccer player out for football the first time, to add a boost.
Coach: Tom Hale (13th season) Record at Carroll County: 71-58 Last season: 8-4, 5-1 (lost in Region IV Division 4 semifinals) Returning offensive starters: 4 Returning defensive starters: 5 Players to watch: FB-DT Jacob Mollett (5-11, 240, sr.), QB Conner Lundy (6-3, 160, soph.), RB-LB Logan Hodges (5-8, 171, sr.), RB-LB Brooks Hash (6-1, 184, sr.), HB-DB Kody Alley (5-10, 166, jr.), OT-DE Travis Kinney (5-9, 212, sr.), WR-DB Chris Smoot (6-0, 150, jr.), C-DE Graham Matthews (5-9, 182, sr.), OT-DE Lucas Holder (6-5, 238, jr.), WR-DB Travis Hunter (5-11, 156, sr.) 2010 summary: Carroll County advanced to the regional semifinals where the Cavs lost 59-0 to Christiansburg. Carroll won seven of its last nine games, including a playoff victory over Bassett after losing to the Bengals in the season opener. The Cavs had trouble stepping up in class, losing twice to Christiansburg and once to Richlands by a combined 162-0. Outlook: Four different backs ran for more than 400 yards last year, but the hard-nosed Mollett in the lone returnee. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry, but missed the region semifinal game with an injury. Mollett is a defensive force, with 27 tackles for loss last year. Lundy replaces Blake Bowman at quarterback. He threw five passes last year in limited action. There are some critical road games on the schedule — Bassett, Martinsville, Marion — where Carroll County will need a victory or two. Otherwise, a seventh postseason berth in the last nine years might not happen.
KYLE FRASER North Cross defensive back
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Coach: Stephen Alexander (second season) Record at North Cross: 8-4 Last season: 8-4, 2-1 (lost in VIS Division III championship) Returning offensive starters: 5 Returning defensive starters: 4 Players to watch: QB Thomas Weaver (6-0, 180, sr.), DE Paul Smith (6-4, 265, sr.), OL Paul Ross (6-2, 235, sr.), WR Josh Murray (5-11, 180, sr.), C-DL Chris Shelton (5-11, 255, sr.), WR-LB George Revercomb (6-1, 190, sr.), DL Austin Mylott (6-1, 295, sr.), DL Derek Mason (5-10, 220, sr.), OLB Branden Taylor (6-0, 195, jr.), DB Kyle Fraser (6-0, 175, sr.). 2010 summary: North Cross made it all the way to the state championship in Alexander’s first year, as the rookie head coach implemented a completely new system and the team bought into it. After a crushing 54-0 loss to Ben L. Smith, a large public school in Greensboro, N.C., North Cross displayed a high-octane offense, scoring more than 30 points in five of its wins. Outlook: Weaver completed 48 percent of his passes
for 1,337 yards and 15 TDs after transferring from Salem. Murray should be the top target. Shelton knows how to open holes up front and has a relentless motor. Smith, with substantial size and quickness, is considered a Division I recruit, although he is still only 16. North Cross will play all its home games on Saturday afternoons, including a Sept. 3 rematch of the state final against Norfolk Christian. The Raiders have assembled a rugged schedule and will have to beat some strong teams to ensure another playoff berth.
Coach: Bob Price (ninth season) Record at Roanoke Catholic: 47-31 Last season: 6-4 (lost in VIS Division 4 first round) Returning offensive starters: 9 Returning defensive starters: 8 Players to watch: OT-DT Paul Blanton (6-1, 260, sr.), OT-DT Andrew Nolen (6-4, 290, sr.), WR-CB Christian Akers (6-3, 190, sr.), TE-DE Joseph McDaniel (6-5, 195, sr.), TE-DE Nick Nester (6-2, 195, jr.), FB-LB Sean Deer (5-10, 170, sr.), OG-LB Ben Price (5-9, 215, jr.), OG-LB Nick
Ruble (5-8, 180, soph.), QB David Hart (5-8, 140, soph.), WR-S Alex Wall (6-1, 160, jr.). 2010 summary: The Celtics barely squeezed into the playoffs, falling to eventual state champion BlessedSacrament Huguenot for the second time in 2010. Price, who played for longtime Cave Spring coach Charlie Hammes, regularly gets the most out of his roster. Catholic put up 45 points in a shutout of Montcalm (W.Va.) and scored 42 in wins over Carlisle and Massanutten. Outlook: With 17 returning starters — counting two-way players — optimism in the Celtics’ camp is high. However, there is no depth as Catholic has a 21-man roster. Catholic boasts substantial size, a result of offseason workouts. Deer rushed for 1,011 yards counting the playoff game. Akers and Hart will alternate series. Akers will also play wide receiver and cornerback. After road trips all over the state just to fill a schedule, the Celtics play nearby Group A public schools Craig County and Parry McCluer. Is Catholic a playoff team? The season opener at Carlisle should provide an indication.
Coach: Joey Carroll (first season) Last season: 3-8, 1-5 (lost in Region IV Division 3 first round) Returning offensive starters: 7 Returning defensive starters: 6 Players to watch: QB-DB Marshall Wagner (6-0, 175, sr.), RB-LB Spenser Smith (5-10, 185, sr.), WR-DB Ethan Richardson (5-10, 175, jr.), C-NG Jeremy Stamper (6-0, 245, sr.) WR-CB Colin Gullion (5-8, 160, soph.), OL-DL Matthew Widner (6-1, 200, sr.), TE-LB Zach Pickett (5-10, 180, sr.), WR-CB Dylan Karriker (5-11, 160, sr.), TE-LB Tanner Cullop (6-0, 180, jr.), OL-DL Anthony Bowling (6-2, 255, soph.). 2010 summary: Marion won three of its first four games and that garnered it enough points to make the Region IV Division 3 playoffs despite a six-game losing streak to end the season. Graham was the only Group AA opponent the Scarlet Hurricane defeated. Martinsville defeated Marion 29-0 in the first round of the playoffs, ending the three-year coaching tenure of Mike Briscoe. Outlook: Carroll a former player at Concord (W.Va.) University and an assistant at Marion for the last five years, is installing the spread offense. Wagner will run the show at quarterback with several quality skill guys behind him. He will have to improve on a 31-percent completion rate if the offense is going to produce. Richardson ran for team highs of 560 yards and seven TDs. If three victories are all that is necessary for a return to the Division 3 playoffs, Marion should be able to cover that number if not increase it.
10 THE ROANOKE TIMES
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2011 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
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After resigning as Pulaski County’s head coach under a cloud of controversy in June 2010, Jack Turner has found happiness as an assistant at Franklin County.
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ROCKY MOUNT — The start of the school day for Jack Turner, assistant football coach at Franklin County High School, starts early, goes late and involves plenty of caffeine and looking at the world through a windshield. His alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m. in Pulaski. Turner, who was head coach at Pulaski County for seven seasons before abruptly resigning a year ago amid a VHSL investigation into the Cougars’ program, then hits Interstate 81 and U.S. 220, rolling into the Franklin County parking lot at 6:45. He works out, showers and heads to the first of his three special-education classes. He and the other assistants report, with the football players, to head coach Chris Jones’ practice field right after school. In the evening, Turner takes the scenic route up the mountain into Floyd County — passing, he notes, some of the trout waters once favored by his old Ferrum College coach, gridiron great and fly-fishing ace Hank Norton. The round trip — 70 minutes to Rocky Mount on the major highways, then 55 minutes up back roads, down through Riner and on home — isn’t short. “I just make a circle,” Turner said. “Get me a big Mountain Dew and head on up the road.” A full circle, that’s what it has been for Turner — from playing for Joel Hicks at Pulaski County, to competing for Norton at Ferrum, to getting his first high school coaching job at Franklin County, to coaching at Pulaski County, and then winding up at Franklin County as an assistant. “Every single day I wake up, I can’t wait to get down here to Franklin County to be a part of this school system,” he said recently. “I’ve been happier in Franklin County than I have been in a good many years.” It took about a year to get to this point after parting ways with Pulaski County in the wake of what was described as a practicing-out-of-season episode. But it seems a lot longer than that.
Franklin County quarterback Kyle Ellis scrambles with the ball during the Liberty scrimmage. Franklin County, which went 9-3 last season, returns six starters on offense and seven on defense.
An abrupt exit
Turner left the job at Pulaski County, his alma mater, in June 2010. A charge of practicing out of season, bolstered by videos made by Cougars support personnel and distributed to the VHSL headquarters in Charlottesville and to rival schools, preceded his departure. The VHSL found Pulaski County guilty of violating its out-of-season practice rule and handed down penalties that included a one-year postsea-
son ban. Turner disputes the characterization of what he says was an open-toanybody advanced physical education class, offered since the 1970s, as a football workout, but he tendered his resignation anyway. “When all this stuff started coming down, I knew then that it was time to take a step back,” he said. “I needed a break away from football. I mean, I did. It was taking over my life. I couldn’t enjoy myself; I couldn’t enjoy my family. You know, I just wasn’t having fun. I needed time off. I was spending so much time at that field house that it was driving my family and me crazy.” So a coach whose 2008 team finished 12-1 and reached the Group AA Division 4 semifinals stopped coaching. In his self-imposed exile from coaching, Turner developed a new Friday night routine. His 2010 season included nothing but road games. “I’d take my 8-year-old daughter, and we’d go around and watch some high school football games. We’d get us a couple of hot dogs and something to drink and just enjoy ourselves,” Turner said. Salem, George Wythe, Christiansburg — it didn’t matter. He went. Armed with a notebook, he diagrammed the plays he saw.
season, Turner visited practices as well. He listened and learned. He checked in with coach Tim Cromer at Christiansburg, observed how Burt Torrence was doing things at Northside, hung out with his old Ferrum roommate Tater Benson at Lord Botetourt. “I lived with Tater for eight years, and he never fussed at me once,” Turner said. “I wasn’t married six months before I was getting fussed at.” Turner’s wife, Leslie, teaches at Pulaski County’s Dublin Middle School. The couple met when he was living in Franklin County the first time. His year out of coaching might have tested her patience. “When people started calling and asking if I was interested in getting back in it, I went to her and asked her what she thought,” Turner said. “She said, ‘As soon as you can.’ ”
“Let’s go, men,” Turner says during one recent session, employing the collective Hicks always used when addressing the troops. “One right after the other — make sure you’re spotting each other.” Shaun Greer, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound bruiser of a senior, is Turner’s kind of guy. “He works us real hard,” Greer said. “You can tell he cares about us. You don’t mind doing it for him. He’ll make us stay low now. He’ll put the tape about two feet off the ground on the bag. If we get above that, we get a mouthful.” Here’s what Turner has to say about that: “If working kids hard is a crime, then I’m a criminal.”
Joy follows tumult
There’s no question much emotion has been expended the past year or so by the Eagles’ new offensive line coach. Emotion has always been a big part of Turner, and that’s been true from his playing days — he was a ferocious, if undersized, defensive end — to the present. His joy is hard to hide now. “That year off, that time with my wife and daughters, did me more good than anything I’ll ever do in football,” he said. He said there’s nothing he would change — except, perhaps, people’s perception that he was leading illegal practices or that he quit because of ensuing controversy. He posed one more question. “If we had thought we were doing something illegal,” he said, “why in the world would be filming it?” While that one hangs in the air, all the current moving picture reveals is one happy assistant coach.
Back in his element
Turner and Jones, Franklin County’s head coach, have known each other for years. Turner can’t say enough nice things about the Eagles’ boss, or for that matter, about Franklin County Principal Deb Decker or even the folks in the district’s personnel office. “I’m working for a great guy,” Turner said of Jones. “We’ve talked for years. We used to scrimmage each other when he was at Heritage and I was at Pulaski. I tell you what: He’s a top-notch coach. I’ve learned a lot of football from Chris. I tell you right now, I’m blessed to be with him. He allows me to coach football, and he allows me to be me. He enjoys that oldstyle football. It’s fun being with him.” Turner presides over the offensive line and also helps with the defense. He’s in his element when he has the big boys in the weight room.
A change in the rules
Since Turner’s resignation, change has come to the VHSL. High school teams in Virginia can now practice out of season nearly year-round, prompting Turner to pose a question: “Now, if what Pulaski County did is so wrong, then why six months later, is it OK to do it?” he asked. In addition to watching games last
Christiansburg’s Brenden Motley celebrates after the Demons defeated Magna Vista 41-27 for the Region IV Division 4 title.
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