Thursday, October 23, 2014

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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Colonels Run Ragged Over Broadway In 21-14 Win

Posted: October 4, 2014

By MARK SAWYER

Special to The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — For the James Wood football fans that were worried about how the Colonels were going to attack the defense of visiting Broadway Friday night with senior quarterback Brady Hepner out due to an injury and sophomore Dade Carroll making his first varsity start, the game plan was simple — run the football.

And when the Colonels said run the ball they didn’t mean establish the run, or use the run to set up their passing attack, they meant run the ball — all night.

James Wood ran 48 plays from scrimmage and each and every one of them was a running play. Not once did they ask Carroll to pass, nor did he even drop back to attempt a pass.

But when you gain 333 yards on 48 carries for almost seven yards a pop, why would you even think about throwing the ball?

Getting most of the work was Wood’s leading rusher junior running back Tyler Bishop. Coming into the game, Bishop had 186 yards in five games, and he picked up almost half that on his first carry Friday night.

Bishop rushed for a career-high 263 yards on 18 carries and scored twice, leading the Colonels to a confidence-building 21-14 non-district win over Broadway at Wood’s Kelican Stadium.

It was the Colonels’ third win in their last four games, with the only setback being a two-point loss last week to Fauquier. It also snapped Broadway’s three-game winning streak.

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Colonels’ Late Push Comes Up Short Against Fauquier In 17-15 Loss

Posted: September 27, 2014

By JERRY HOLSWORTH

Special to The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — With Fauquier out-rushing James Wood 204-143, and out-passing them 142-23, it might seem that Friday’s football game between the Colonels and Falcons wasn’t close.

Add in the fact Fauquier was in the Wood’s red zone five times and Colonel starting quarterback Brady Hepner didn’t play the entire second half and most would envision a very lopsided game.

Football, however, is not entirely about statistics and athletic ability. Character and determination are also factors, and in those categories the Colonels hung tough, despite losing a narrow 17-15 decision to Fauquier.

Three things proved to be the deciding factors in James Wood’s demise. Falcons running back Briar Thomas was able to churn out 151 yards on 24 carries behind a punishing Fauquier offensive line that consumed valuable minutes off the clock and kept the ball out of the hands of the Colonel offense.

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Preview - Fauquier at James Wood

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: James Wood’s Kelican Stadium in Winchester.

Records: Fauquier Falcons (2-2); James Wood Colonels (2-2).

Last week: Fauquier beat Millbrook 29-21; James Wood beat Strasburg 40-20.

Last year: Fauquier won 21-20.

Preview: Riding their first two-game winning streak in three years, Mark McHale has noticed an “extra bounce” in the step of his football team this week.

But the James Wood coach knows there’s no time to take it easy, and he’s been impressed with the focus of the Colonels.

“They’re happy with the way the last two weeks have gone, but they know that they have to keep playing well if they want to keep winning,” said McHale, who watched James Wood snap a two-year 1-9 streak with an impressive win over Strasburg last week. “It’s going to take the same formula we had the last two weeks and they’re focused on doing the right thing.”

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