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

Posted: September 27, 2014


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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Colonels Crush Rams 40-20 For Second Win In A Row

Posted: September 20, 2014


The Winchester Star

STRASBURG — There were plenty of numbers for the James Wood football team to get excited about Friday night.

There were the 227 rushing yards the Colonels piled up, the 496 yards of total offense they compiled and the zero points they allowed Strasburg in the first half.

But the only number that mattered for James Wood was one it had been chasing since 2011 — two.

With Friday’s 40-20 thumping of the Rams, the Colonels didn’t just capture their second win of the year, but also clinched their first two-game winning streak and multi-win season in three years.

“This is the best feeling in the world for us, we really needed it,” said junior running back Tyler Bishop. “The past couple years have been tough, but this shows that we’re a different team and we’re going to build on this and go into next week and hopefully win another game.”

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Week 4 Football Preview

Posted: September 19, 2014

James Wood at Strasburg

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Ram Stadium in Strasburg.

Records: James Wood Colonels (1-2); Strasburg Rams (1-1).

Last week: James Wood beat Warren County 36-0; Strasburg did not play.

Last year: Strasburg won 32-0.

Preview: It’s a pretty simple formula for success for James Wood — don’t turn the ball over and establish the running game.

In their two losses to Heritage (24-12) and Loudoun Valley (38-0) the Colonels had a total of seven turnovers and managed just 71.5 yards rushing per game.

In an impressive 36-0 rout of Warren County last week, James Wood didn’t turn the ball over once and rushed for 116 yards.

“We know what we have to do,” said James Wood coach Mark McHale. “We did it against Warren County and we saw the kind of success we could have.”

Now the Colonels will try to do it for a second game in a row — and snap an 11-game road losing streak in the process.

It won’t be easy against a Strasburg team that shut out James Wood 32-0 last year and brings back a number of key players from that team.

Rams coach Mark Roller has senior Mark Smoot back at quarterback and he’s joined by fellow returners in running back Colton Funk and fullback Justin Carr.

Read more: Week 4 Football Preview


James Wood Football Shuts Out Warren County 36-0 For First Win In Home Opener

Posted: September 13, 2014


The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — On a night in which every player on the James Wood football team fought for every yard on offense and scrapped for every tackle on defense, some Manuel labor gave the Colonels a spark, and then some separation.

James Wood senior Nick Manuel set up the Colonels’ first touchdown with a 25-yard interception return to the Warren County 37, then fought off two defenders to turn what looked like a regular 14-yard completion into an electrifying 74-yard touchdown reception to put the Colonels up two touchdowns with just 1:26 left on the first-half clock.

From that point on, James Wood left no doubt who the better team was on Friday night at Kelican Stadium, defeating Warren County 36-0 in non-district action.

Read more: James Wood Football Shuts Out Warren County 36-0 For First Win In Home Opener


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