Saturday, October 25, 2014

James Wood Football Stops Late Two-Point Try To Beat Millbrook 21-20

Posted: October 25, 2014

By ROBERT NIEDZWIECKI

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — After his players leapt into each other and began yelling in unison, James Wood football coach Mark McHale sent his players off the Millbrook High School field by summing up the night from the Colonel perspective perfectly while breaking them down in the post-game huddle.

“It doesn’t get any better than this.”

McHale’s message inspired more roars, and the Colonels had every right to scream themselves hoarse after a thrilling 21-20 comeback victory over Frederick County and Northwestern District rival Millbrook Friday night.

The Colonels (4-5, 1-2 Northwestern) trailed 14-0 at the half in part because of three interceptions. But James Wood scored on each of its three second-half possessions to take a 21-14 lead, then stopped Millbrook sophomore P.K. Kier inches short of the goal line on a two-point conversion run after Kier’s 3-yard touchdown run gave Millbrook a chance to win with 59 seconds left.

In losing by a combined 86-21 over the last two weeks to Sherando and Skyline, James Wood looked a lot like the Colonel teams that went a combined 2-18 the last two years. But on Friday, the Colonels reminded everyone that this is a different team.

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Game of the Week Preview: James Wood vs. Millbrook

 

High School Football Game Of The Week: Millbrook, James Wood Head Into Rivalry Game With Plenty At Stake

Posted: October 24, 2014

By ROBERT NIEDZWIECKI

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — In losing each of their past two games, the James Wood and Millbrook football teams haven’t been playing their best of late.

But there’s nothing like the prospect of a big rivalry game to get one focused and energized.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Millbrook senior linebacker Dylan Lee (team-high 74 tackles) when asked if the Pioneers were thinking about last year’s 13-6 loss to James Wood, which snapped the Colonels’ 17-game losing streak. “We’re not taking James Wood lightly. They’re a good team, and it’s going to be a good game.”

It kicks off at 7 p.m. tonight at Millbrook, and it’s one both need if they hope to earn a spot in the 16-team 4A North Region playoffs, an achievement that eluded both teams last year. James Wood (3-5, 0-2 Northwestern) sits 20th in the VHSL power ratings, while Millbrook (3-4, 0-1) is 19th.

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Skyline routs James Wood, 42-14

Posted: October 18, 2014
By ROBERT NIEDZWIECKI

WINCHESTER — A failed first-andgoal opportunity. A failed fourth-down stop in their opponent’s territory. An almost-catch by the sideline. A catch by their opponent inches inside the sideline for a touchdown.

Had a few plays gone a little differently, the James Wood football team might have a chance against Skyline. But the Hawks’ ability to make all the crucial plays — and most of the ones in between — turned a potential battle into a whopping advantage in their favor.

Skyline won its third straight game and stayed perfect in the Northwestern District with a 42-14 win over James Wood in the Colonels’ homecoming game Friday night at Jerry L. Kelican Stadium.

“There were a lot of things that happened in that game,” James Wood coach Mark McHale said. “But the bottom line is that we couldn’t stop the run.”

James Wood (3-5, 0-2 Northwestern) actually finished with more rushing yards than Skyline (220 to 211), but the Hawks (6-2, 2-0) used the run to pick up some crucial first downs and also set up their passing game.

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Game Of The Week — Colonels’ Confidence Higher Heading Into Sherando Matchup

Posted: October 10, 2014
By ROBERT NIEDZWIECKI
The Winchester Star

STEPHENS CITY — A lot of things seemed to be working against the James Wood football team last week against Broadway.

Though the Colonels only lost 17-15 to Fauquier on Sept. 26, they were outgained by 180 yards. And now they were being asked to rebound without two-way lineman Jesus Correa and quarterback/safety Brady Hepner because of injuries against a team on a three-game winning streak.

If it wasn’t already obvious that this is a different James Wood team than in past years, the Colonels screamed it loud and clear with their 21-14 win against Broadway, a game that saw James Wood gain 333 yards without throwing a single pass while holding the Gobblers to 107 total yards.

“We’re pretty proud of what we did,” said James Wood senior wide receiver and cornerback Nick Manuel (area-best six interceptions, 12 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns). “Defense we did pretty well, shutting them down. Our main focus was that if we could outrush them with Dade [Carroll] in at quarterback, a sophomore, that would be huge. That was a confidence boost.”

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