Shenandoah Valley High School Football Weekly Previews

November 9th Round 1 Playoffs and  Regular Season WEEK 11 Re-Cap

Sherando (9-1 6-0 in Northwestern District) defeated Millbrook (7-3, 4-2 in Northwestern District play) last Thursday 41-14.

RB TJ Washington had 193 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown

By virtue of their win the Warriors claimed the Lindon/Barr Apple Cup and the Northwestern District title

Sherando is the #2 seed in the REGION 4C Playoff bracket and will receive a bye this week (Woodgrove is the #1 seed) The Warriors will play in the Region 4C semifinals at home on 11/16/18 with the opponent TBD

Millbrook travels to Kettle Run this Friday at 7pm and will play the Cougars in a Region 4C Opening Round playoff game. Kettle Run defeated Millbrook (at Millbrook) in the regular season 44-22.

James Wood lost to Kettle Run last Thursday 41-14 and finished 4-6 on the season (2-4 in Northwestern District play)

Clarke County (7-3) defeated West Point HS 17-16 in overtime last Thursday. The Eagles are the #4 seed in the REGION 2B playoff bracket and will host Buffalo Gap this Friday at 7pm.

WEEK 11 High School Football Matchups (all games played on 11/2/18)

MILLBROOK (7-2 4-1 in Northwestern District play) @ SHERANDO (8-1 5-0 in Northwestern District play) 7pm (airs on

The Pioneers are coming off a 36-12 win over Liberty. Sherando has but one hiccup this season (a loss @ Martinsburg 50-45). A lot is riding on this game as the winner claims the Lindon/Barr Apple Cup Trophy (awarded to the Winchester/Frederick County school (Handley, James Wood, Millbrook & Sherando) with the best record against the other area teams Handley, James Wood, Millbrook & Sherando) AND the Northwestern District Title.

Sherando won both the Apple Cup and the Northwestern District title in 2017. The Warriors defeated Millbrook twice last season (35-22 in regular season finale and 35-32 in Region 4 Championship game). Both of those game were played at Millbrook.

Sherando defeated Fauquier 49-6 last Thursday and has won 12 of the last 15 matchups with Millbrook. The Pioneer’s last win in this series was a 42-41 classic in 2016.

 CLARKE COUNTY (6-3, 3-1 in Bull Run District play) @ WEST POINT (6-2, located near Richmond VA.) 7pm

The Eagles are coming off a 35-16 win over George Mason. After starting 0-2 Clarke County has won 6 of it’s last 7 games. With a win over West Point Clarke County should have a home 1st round playoff game while a loss would mean that the Eagles would play their 1st round playoff game on the road.

This game was not originally on Clarke’s schedule but was scheduled because their game with Manassas Park on 8/31 was cancelled. This will be a busy week for WEST POINT as they have a game on Tuesday October 30th as well as their game with Clarke on 11/2/18. The Pointers have scored at least 60 points in three of their wins this season.


The Colonel’s (4-5, 2-3 in Northwestern District play) are coming off a dramatic 21-14 overtime win over Handley last Friday. James Wood scored 21 unanswered points after falling behind 14-0 in the first half. Jackson Turner scored the go ahead touchdown in overtime on a four yard run and the Colonels stopped Handley on a 4th down run at the three yard line. Kettle Run (8-1, 4-1 in Northwestern District play) defeated James Wood 47-26 last season and is coming off their bye week.

HANDLEY: The Judges season is over after their 21-14 overtime loss at James Wood last Friday. Handley finishes with a record of 5-5 (1-5 in Northwestern District play). After starting 5-1 the Judges lost their last four games to Millbrook (36-28), Liberty (20-7), Sherando (42-0) and James Wood (21-14 in overtime).

Week 10 Match-ups - Friday  10/26/18

CLARKE COUNTY (4-3, 2-1 in Bull Run District play) @ GEORGE MASON (3-5, 0-2 Bull Run District) 7:30PM

The Eagles are coming off a 49-7 rout at home against Madison County. Clarke County Alum Chandler Rhoades coaches the Mountaineers and his return to Berryville was not a pleasant one. George Mason fell to Central 39-0 last week.

Clarke County has won 12 in a row against George Mason dating back to 2007 scoring at least 35 points in each game while allowing more than 10 points in only three of those games

HANDLEY (5-4, 1-3 in Northwestern District play) @ JAMES WOOD (3-5, 1-3 in Northwestern District play) 7PM (airs on

The Judges are reeling having lost three in a row after starting 4-0. Handley’s latest loss was last Friday to Sherando 42-0. This is the second straight game the Judges have not scored an offensive touchdown. Handley trailed 14-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter but gave up 28 straight points after that to lose their 8th straight game to Sherando. QB Jacob Parker threw three interceptions.

Handley has won two in a row and 7 of the last 10 over James Wood. This series dates back to the 1940s.

The Colonel’s are coming off a 44-14 win over winless Fauquier.

The Judge’s have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs with a win but will probably need help to reach the postseason.

LIBERTY (4-4, 2-1 in Northwestern District play) @ MILLBROOK (6-2, 2-1 in Northwestern District play)

The Pioneers had their bye last week and defeated the Eagles last season 22-14. Liberty is coming off a 33-14 loss to Kettle Run. Millbrook is averaging 400 yards per game and 40 points per game

FAUQUIER (0-8, 0-4 in Northwestern District play) @ SHERANDO (7-1, 4-0 in Northwestern District play) 7PM

The Warriors are coming off another dominating performance a 42-0 shutout of Handley. RB TJ Washington had 196 yards rushing and four touchdowns against the Judges while Sherando’s defense picked off Handley QB Jacob Parker three times. Sherando topped the Falcons 49-7 last year.


The Central Falcons are coming off a 39-0 win over George Mason and have allowed a grand total of 43 points in eight games this season. The Gladiators defeated Robert E. Lee of Staunton 49-10 last week.

The Gladiators are averaging 46 points per game while allowing 7 points per game

The Falcons are averaging 38 points per game while allowing 7 points per game

Central defeated Riverheads 21-6 last season.

Week 9 Match-ups - Friday  10/19/18

Madison County @ Clarke County 7:30pm

 Clarke (4-3, 1-1 in Bull Run District play) is coming off a 26-23 win over Strasburg. The Eagles stopped the Rams deep in Clarke County territory on 4th down to preserve the victory. Madison County (2-6) is coming off a 47-23 loss to Central. The Mountaineers are coached by Clarke County Alum Chandler Rhoads who led the Eagles to back to back Basketball State Championships in 2006 & 2007 and also played football for Clarke County.

 Handley @ Sherando 7pm  airing on as the game of the week.

Sherando (6-1 overall and 3-1 in Northwestern District play) is coming off a 27-14 win at Kettle Run over the previously unbeaten Cougars. LB JoJo Doleman Sherando had a 47 yard interception return for a touchdown. QB Hunter Entsminger threw a 27 yard TD pass to Gabril Hayes. Sherando has won seven straight games over Handley including the last three by a combined score of 166 to 14.

Handley (5-3 and 1-2 in Northwestern District play) has lost two straight games (to Millbrook 36-28 two weeks ago at home and last Saturday at home to Liberty). Against Liberty the Judges did not score an offensive touchdown. DB Kevin Curry had a 31 yard interception return Handley’s lone score. Liberty sacked Handley QB Jacob Parker 10 times.

 Fauquier @ James Wood 7pm (2-5 overall, 1-3 in Northwestern District play); The Colonel’s fell to Millbrook 60-32 last Friday. James Wood led 6-0 just 1 minute and 40 seconds into the game on a Jackson Turner 1 yard touchdown run which was set up by a 60 yard completion from Carson Hoberg to Tyler McBride. Then Millbrook scored 46 unanswered points before James Wood outscored the Pioneers 26-14 to end the game.

Fauquier is 0-7 but has won four in a row against James Wood by a combined score of 124 to 51.

Central @ George Mason 7:30pm; Central is 6-0 after a 47-23 win over Madison County last week.

Millbrook (bye week) The Pioneers are 6-2 (3-1 in Northwestern District play) after their 60-32 win over James Wood last Friday (broadcasted on Jr. QB Michael Buza had four touchdown passes for Millbrook. The Pioneers play Liberty next on October 26th.

Week 8:  Friday October 12th

 James Wood (2-4) at Millbrook (5-2) 7pm (airs on

The Colonel’s are coming off a 32-23 loss at Liberty Bealeton.  James Wood led 23-17 in the 3rd quarter before losing to the Eagles.  The Colonel’s lost to Liberty 48-0 in 2017.

 Millbrook defeated Handley last Saturday 36-28 in a game where they committed four turnovers and never led until their go ahead score with 3:05 left in the 4th Quarter. 

The Pioneer’s have won three straight in this series (24-8 in 2017) and have outscored James won by a combined score of 152-8 in those three games.

 Sherando @ Kettle Run 7pm

 The Warriors (5-1) fell to Martinsburg (7-0) 50-45 last Friday.  WR Nick Mazza had touchdown catches of 77 and 53 yards and threw a TD pass to QB Hunter Entsminger in the loss.  Sherando faces an undefeated Kettle Run team (7-0, 3-0 in Northwestern District play).  The Cougars have already defeated Millbrook (44-22) and Handley (28-21) this season.

 Strasburg @ Clarke County 7:30pm

 The Eagles (3-3, 0-1 in Bull Run District play) lost to Central 35-20 last Friday in Woodstock.  Clarke lost to Central in 2017 40-0 but in this game they closed to with 28-20 in the 4th quarter.  Clarke has won 6 straight over Strasburg including last season 63-20. 

Central @ Madison County 7:30pm

The Falcons remain undefeated after defeating Clarke County last Friday. 20 points were the first points they had allowed all season.


Saturday October 13th

Liberty (3-3) at Handley (5-2) airs on

The Judges are coming off a painful 36-28 home loss to Millbrook.  Handley was up 14-0 in the 1st quarter, 21-6 at halftime and 28-20 with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter yet still couldn’t get the victory.  Kevin Curry had three touchdown catches (he now has 12 touchdown catches on the season) but dropped a pass with less than a minute left in the end zone that would have led to a game tying 2 point conversion try.  Liberty is coming off a 32-23 win over James Wood.  The Eagles defeated Handley in 2017 35-0.


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