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Two games, two county rivals.
That's the way the schedule has worked out for Staunton River, which heads to Jefferson Forest this Friday night after hosting Liberty a week ago.
JF, on the other hand, will have to wait for the regular-season finale to get its crack at the Minutemen.
The game this Friday evening should be a good gauge for both teams. It will also be a means to see some retro-style football, as JF's wishbone and River's single wing offenses will be showcased.
"We'll be seeing another power offense and another aggressive defense," said River Head Coach Chuck Poston. "There's a lot of emotion involved. It should be a great game."
"I'm guessing this is one of the best Staunton River teams in a while," said JF honcho Bob Christmas. "I'm impressed with how they play on both sides of the ball."
One of the most stark differences will be the number of bodies each team brings to the party.
Take a gander at the bench areas during the game. On the Jefferson Forest side, you'll see about 70 young men dressed out along the sideline. Staunton River will have about a third of that total.
But, they only let you play 11 at a time. Who those 11 are and how they perform will be the key for each team.
Over the past ten years, JF holds a 9-2 edge over the Eagles.
"Wait a minute," you may be thinking. "That's 11 games."
True, but it includes a 2011 playoff game, won by JF, 21-7.
River topped Forest in 2005 and 2010, with JF winning the other eight regular-season meetings. Over the ten-year span, JF has outscored the Eagles on a per game basis, 29.3 to 16.7.
Note to fans
A huge crowd is expected for this game, the home opener for Jefferson Forest.
Two weeks ago, Sabre Stadium drew about 1,000 fans for a meaningless scrimmage against Western Albemarle, a team with which JF has no history.
The main parking lot (next to the high school) will likely fill up fast. So your best option might be to park your vehicle at Forest Elementary School before carefully crossing Perrowville Road.
Let's limit any heavy hitting to the gridiron!