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Today's Sports

  • Minutemen take Heritage in...

    Carlton Payne might not have been named king of the homecoming court, but he was certainly king of the gridiron as his three touchdowns powered Liberty to a 32-14 victory over visiting Heritage.

    Liberty hadn't scored against the Pioneers in the last two meetings between the two teams. That shortfall was rectified early. Payne hooked up with quarterback Tyler Bowyer on two touchdown passes in the first three minutes of play.

  • Eagles to play Heritage on...

    In a rare matinee appearance, Staunton River will square off with Heritage at City Stadium this Saturday, at 5:00 p.m.

    The odd timing is due to scheduling conflicts at the Lynchburg venue.

    The extra day will give the Eagles additional time to get ready for the Pioneers (as well as to scout Brookville when it faces Liberty on Friday evening).

  • Commentary - Presidential debate...

    I missed out on the presidential debate this past Friday evening, hitting the Liberty-Staunton River game instead.

    The wife watched it, sipping on a nice hot cup of tea. Afterwards, she lamented that she hadn't anything stronger to sip.

    Since this is a sports page, I hereby put forward the questions that I would like to see the candidates answer. I'd also like to see them answer these questions at a time other than a Friday night in the fall.

  • Forest takes Monday Night...

    For a team that wasn't supposed to be looking ahead, Jefferson Forest sure had the look of distraction.

    Nonetheless, the Cavs were able to regroup and defeat Heritage 31-13 at City Stadium. The game was played on Monday evening, due to the threat of foul weather last Friday.

    Heritage put the Cavs back on their heels, ringing up the first tally of the evening as Montez Hamlett went 24 yards off right tackle.

  • Liberty moves to 4-1 by beating...

    Since the last time Liberty visited Staunton River, much has changed.

    The Minutemen found themselves on a new (Bermuda) field, the notoriously high field crown had been shaved down, the Eagles have a new-look scoreboard and the team has a new coach.

    Most important of all, Staunton River led the Minutemen 14-13 midway through the second quarter.

  • Staunton River entertains...

    Staunton River will seek out its first win of the season when it hosts Alleghany this Friday night at the Eagles' nest.

    River (0-5, 0-2 District) hope to break its 20-game losing streak, which extends back to the middle of the 2006 season.

    Alleghany might very well take the form of the Eagles' best shot at that goal. The Mountaineers are off to a less-than-stellar start, standing at 2-3 midway through the season. The team, however, has won its last two starts, over Covington and Bath County.

  • Bees invade Forest this SATURDAY

    That's not buzzing you hear in the near distance.

    It is the sound of the football machine that is Brookville. The Bees roll into Forest this Saturday evening, 6:00 p.m. as part of the Forest homecoming activities.

    The game was moved from Friday evening in response to the JF-Heritage game being pushed to this past Monday.

    Now, the Cavs will have a reasonable amount of time to prepare themselves.

    The question is whether even that additional day will be enough to get ready.

  • Minutemen to host Heritage for...

    Homecoming is usually scheduled against an opponent that you have reasonable faith you can defeat. Then, the after-game dance has more of a festive mood.

    This Friday evening, we'll find out whether the Liberty homecoming committee guessed correctly in scheduling Heritage as the event's foe.

    On the one hand, the Pioneers (1-1 District, 2-4 overall) are riding a four-game losing streak, their last victory coming over Magna Vista in the season's second week.

  • Jefferson Forest at Heritage...

    The football game at City Stadium between JF and Heritage will now be held on Monday, 6:00 p.m. It will still be held at the Stadium.

  • Liberty bounces back against...

    The Liberty Minutemen found themselves in a familiar position this past Friday evening.

    Martinsville had shocked the Minutemen by posting two quick touchdowns, just as Blacksburg had the weekend before.

    While Liberty never really recovered from the Bruins' shock, the Minutemen found a way to revive themselves and rang up six unanswered touchdowns, en route to a 41-14 victory in front of the home crowd.

    Quite frankly, this reporter was considering heading up to catch the second half of the Forest-Pulaski matchup after the Minutemen's anemic start.