Today's Sports

  • Nailing it


    As this is the season of giving, I'm more than happy to give something to you, valued reader.

    Oh, it's nothing that comes wrapped in shiny paper with a bow affixed to its top.

    But it is, nonetheless, quite valuable.  At least I believe it is.  It is the gift of unsolicited advice.

    To the point, it is unsolicited advice on what to add to your Christmas shopping list.


    Yes.  If you happen to have an athlete on your shopping list, I urge you to buy him or her a pair of flip-flops.

  • Chins up, lads: That was an...


    By my count, there is a total of  about 100 people who  had any inkling that the Jefferson Forest football team would have as fine a season as the one just ended.

    I get that number from a count of the players and coaches on the team.  Outside of that small group, I really don't see anybody.

    Heck, I picked the Cavs to finish in fourth place in the Seminole District.  And I bumped them from my original spot of seventh only after seeing them in a scrimmage.

  • Sports Commentary: Army-Navy...


    Although it doesn't take place until ten days from now, it's not too early to write my favorite column of the year:  The one directed at the Army-Navy game.

    Folks in these parts point to UVa-Virginia Tech as the big rivalry game.  And rightly so.  But, since I attended neither school, I don't have a dog in that fight.  That is, I can make lighthearted fun of neither of those schools.

  • Sports commentary: T-Giving...


    Ah, the big day is nearly here.

    Thanksgiving is truly one of the great holidays.  It is a  day to load up on great food and then waddle your Tryptophan-laden self to the couch to catch some football.

    Yeah, turkey and football go with Thanksgiving like candy canes and creches go with Christmas.

    Or do they?

  • Up next for JF: A different...


    Already haven beaten a team from the Evergreen District as well as a team named Liberty, Jefferson Forest seeks to do so again this Saturday afternoon.

    That's because they'll host Liberty-Bealeton in a Region 4A-North semifinal matchup.

    The Cavs dispatched Eastern View last week which, along with Liberty-Bealeton, is a member of the Evergreen.  Two weeks prior to that, JF topped Liberty-Bedford to claim the Seminole District crown (as well as the Bedford County championship).

  • Cavs quiet Loud-oun County with...


    The Jefferson Forest football team must have been inspired by the school's cross country teams' appearances at States this weekend.

    In their honor, the football Cavs also ran.  And ran and ran and ran.

    And in the end, they ran their way to a 43-21 victory over Loudoun County in the first round of the 4A-North playoffs.

    While rumors of the activation of a no-fly-zone over Sabre Stadium proved to be unfounded, the Cavs shelved their passing game to focus nearly completely on the run.

  • Sports commentary: Bills and...


    Folks around here don't hesitate to show pride in their teams.  Whether it be at the  high school, college or professional level, these teams get plenty of love.

    And that love comes in many forms.  Certainly game attendance is one of them.  As is watching them on the telly.  Adorning one's vehicle with flags, stickers and magnets depicting a team's (or teams') logo(s) is yet another.

  • Give 'em a "Ten"


    For three quarters, JF and Liberty played a classic.

    But, the saying isn't, "It was 

    36 minutes for the ages," it's "It was a game for the ages."

    This one nearly was.

    In the end, however, it was the machine that is the Jefferson Forest offense which drove the visitors to a 49-27 victory.

  • Sports commentary: Trophy...


    Well, we're heading into mid-November.  This is the time of year for leaf rakin', turkey eatin' and Heisman talkin'.

    That's right.  It won't be long before some young man heads to the podium to collect the second coolest-looking trophies in all of sports (after the Stanley Cup).

    Prior to the start of the season, I took up a friendly challenge from my nephew, Sean.  We each picked five players who we thought had the best shot at winning the Heisman.

  • Still perfect


    Midway through the first quarter, the Jefferson Forest offense had gained a total of 33 yards.

    Yet, the Cavs held a 21-point lead over E.C. Glass.

    That was but one oddity during an appropriately-themed Halloween night game, won by JF, 55-14.

    The three touchdowns were fueled by three events not directly related to the JF offensive unit.

    -After a three-and-out to open the game, Glass muffed a punt attempt.  JF took over on the 11 yard line and scored two plays later on a Jason Ayers QB sneak.