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  • Jeff Forest exorcises Glass...

    Sigmund Freud would have been proud.

    The Jefferson Forest football team used a fine second half to overcome the mental obstacle that was E.C. Glass. As a result, the Glass game looks to serve as a springboard for the Cavs’ playoff aspirations. In recent years, the Glass game has served to derail such hopes.

    “Last year stuck in my craw,” said Cav Head Coach Don Rice, of the apple-cart upsetting loss to Glass. “The kids wanted to prove our first two wins were good wins and that we’re a solid team.”

  • Patrick County's Harris...

    Patrick County’s John Harris showed why he is one of the most highly regarded running backs in Region IV. His performance last Friday evening in the Cougar’s 33-7 win over Staunton River earned him loads of respect from those in Region III.

    Harris posted a phenomenal 372 yards, averaging nearly 14 yards per carry. Touchdown runs of 65, 53 and 22 yards certainly didn’t hurt that average.

    “Every play was a potential long run,” noted Staunton River Head Coach Rick Witt of the speedy senior.

  • Liberty to host Martinsville

    A “must win” game four weeks into the season?

    It looks that way for Liberty, when it takes on visiting Martinsville this Friday night.

    Nobody associated with the Minutemen wants to start the district slate with a 2-2 mark (all remaining games for Liberty are Seminole skirmishes).

    A win over Martinsville would give Liberty a 3-1 mark and accomplish the following:

  • Peak, Pulaski to invade Jeff...

    This is where it gets really interesting for Jefferson Forest’s gridiron gang.

    Having broken the mastery that Glass had over them, the Cavs get a chance to knock off another team that has had its way with Forest.

    This Friday night, the Cavs entertain high powered Pulaski County, a team that is often mentioned in discussions of possible state champions.

    The Cougars have done nothing that would make such talk unwarranted, having dismantled all opposition in the early going.

    In its first three games, Pulaski has outscored its opponents 115-35.

  • Commentary: Curses, I'm a...

    Barring a major meltdown, it appears that the Chicago Cubs are on their way to the playoffs and another shot at a World Series title. And another shot at breaking the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere.

    When discussing the team’s 100-year run of futility, there’s usually a reference to the contribution of the Curse of the Billy Goat.

    This curse is Chicago’s version of the Curse of the Bambino, which plagued the Red Sox for many years,

    The BoSox jinx came about because the team sold Babe Ruth to the hated New York Yankees.

  • Liberty D-vine in Magna Vista win

    A voter registration booth was open for business outside the gate of the Magna Vista-Liberty football game last Friday.

    Meanwhile, a pair of urchins had drawn up a game poster touting “Boo for president,” despite the fact that Carlton “Boo” Payne is many years shy of eligibility for that office.

    Into this celebration of democracy stepped the Liberty defense, which keyed a landslide victory, 34-7, over the visiting Warriors.

  • Minutemen travel to dangerous...

    The Minutemen travel to inhospitable Blacksburg this Friday evening in what should be their toughest challenge of the young season.

    Last year, the Bruins dominated homestanding Liberty, 35-6. In that contest, the thinness of the Liberty lineup was revealed when middle linebacker Jon Langhorne’s shoulder injury seriously weakened the Minutemen defense.

    Additionally, Liberty failed to capitalize on the opportunities it was presented.

  • Forest, Glass prepare to get...

    During the last two seasons, E.C. Glass has managed to cause more damage to JF’s playoff aspirations than any other team.

    Two years ago, the Hilltopper defense did just enough to frustrate the Cavs, in winning 14-8.

    Last year, Glass cooled down Forest’s hot start to the season, handing the mistake-prone Cavs a 23-17 loss at Sabre Stadium. It was a portent of things to come, as the season unraveled to a large degree and Forest limped home with a 4-6 overall record.

  • Eagles take to road; head to...

    Staunton River will take the long trip to Patrick County this Friday evening, seeking its first victory of the season.

    The Cougars, of course, want to avoid playing the role of generous benefactor to the Eagles. More importantly, Patrick County wants to improve its playoff chances at the expense of Staunton River.

    As Patrick County is a Division 3 school, a win over the Eagles would give a bonus boost to the Cougars in the playoff math. That proved to be the case last year, as Patrick County snuck into the playoff hunt with a 5-5 record.

  • Eagles top Minettes, JF wins in...

    The Seminole District volleyball season kicked into gear last Thursday and one thing is clear: The three county teams appear to be much improved over last year.

    How that improvement translates into end-of-season standings remains to be seen, of course.

    Liberty visited Staunton River and the Minettes fell to the Golden Eagles 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, 25-22.

    Jefferson Forest invaded Heritage, coming away with the sweep, 25-18, 25-12, 25-10.