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Today's Sports

  • Many (un)happy returns

      Jefferson Forest discovered that Amherst is much more than a one-trick pony.

        The Lancers employed exceptional special teams play in dashing the Cavaliers’ hopes of a shot at state.

        Instead, it will be Amherst which moves on to the state semifinals, due to its 40-10 manhandling of the lads from Forest.

        The weathermen called for a brisk night.  If 25 degrees is your idea of brisk, then the evening met the criteria.

  • Seminole looks up for grabs in...

        Every season, so the theory goes, the district title is up for grabs in just about any sport.

        This season, it appears that the theory is accurate.  With Brookville having graduated its dominance, the crown could fall upon any of the solid candidates’ heads.

        The three Bedford County teams bring a mix of old and new to the fore, and each has a shot of being in the thick of things.

  • Ingrate

        As we gather round the table this Thursday, we’ll be certain to give thanks for those blessings which we have received during the year.

        For me, the bounty has been plentiful.   I will not, however, mention the following in my thanks to the Almighty:   

  • Commentary - Parity and the ACC

    I had to suffer through Virginia Tech’s win over Maryland the other night. The wife grew up in the Old Line State (that’s what Maryland is called on its state quarter anyway), so she cheers for the Terps.

    At the time, Maryland was ranked in the top 25 of the AP poll. The Terps no longer bear that distinction.

    Additionally, Georgia Tech fell out, having lost to North Carolina.

    That leaves the Tar Heels and Florida State as the sole top-25 teams from the ACC.

  • Minutemen hold off Lord...

    It had been three years since Liberty last hosted a playoff game.

    Obviously, when the Minutemen hosted Lord Botetourt in their Regional playoff opener, they wanted to make sure that everyone got their money’s worth.

    Mission accomplished.

    No fan left this one early, as the Cavs stormed back in the final minutes of the game. Liberty was able to hang on for dear life, with Vonte Harper’s last-second interception finally dashing the Botetourt hopes.

    This matchup carried some disappointment with it before the opening kickoff.

  • Cavs will head to Turner Asbhy...

    It's difficult to analyze JF's upcoming visit to Turner Ashby, given the uncertainty surrounding the game. Here are some of the things we do know.

    Both teams had their way with Rockbridge. During the regular season, TA took the Rock 40-20. You already know about JF’s two routs of the Wildcats.

    Both teams went 7-3 in the regular season.

    TA’s losses were to teams that have a collective record of 26-5. Those defeats came at the hands of Chancellor (10-0), Martinsburg, WV (8-2) and Harrisonburg (8-3).

  • Minutemen to visit 9-1 R.E. Lee...

    While the Minutemen were taking care of business on the field last Friday evening, their upcoming opponent was enjoying the show at Liberty High.

    R.E. Lee will host Liberty this Friday evening, at their Staunton stadium. This past Friday, however, the Leemen were able to travel to Bedford to watch their upcoming opponent. That’s because Lee had a bye, courtesy of a 9-1 regular season mark, good enough for the #2 seed in Division 3 (behind Brookville).

  • Cavs in cakewalk over Rockbridge

    Three colors: red, black and white. The Cavalier faithful painted themselves as the Wildcats saw only red in the end, 35-0. Jefferson Forest blacked out Rockbridge County in its first playoff game in nine years.

    “JF is a very good football team. They are going to make some noise in the playoffs,” Rockbridge coach Jason White said.

  • Minutemen to host Botetourt this...

    In a repeat matchup of last year’s Division 3 opening round, the Blue Ridge District’s Lord Botetourt will face Liberty.

    One of the big differences in this year’s matchup is that the Minutemen will play the role of host. Last year, the Minutemen hiked it up to Bonsack.

    The other big difference is that last year, the Minutemen came in as a #5 seed to the Cavs’ #4. This year, Liberty is a #3 to Botetourt’s #4.

  • Forest tops Liberty 30-14; both...

    Jefferson Forest marched into Bedford for the first time in three years, having hosted the Liberty Minutemen the past two seasons.

    The result was similar, however, as the Cavs took a convincing win, 30-14, giving them a three-game winning streak over Liberty.

    Behind the inspirational running of Forest tailback Desmond Goode, the Cavs turned the tide on a Liberty team that had clawed its way back into the contest early in the second half.

    That comeback was made necessary by the Cavs pitching a 16-0 shutout in the first half, rocking the Minutemen onto their heels