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Today's Sports

  • 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

  • No more Oprah for me!

    So, I’m watching Oprah the other day...

    Wait, let me start over.

    So, the wife is watching Oprah the other day while I”m hard at work in the kitchen.

    I was making zingara, an Italian dish of sauteed pork chops, peppers, black olives and white wine. Wednesday is usually a light day for me, work-wise. It is, therefore, my day to take a stab at cooking.

    So, the wife interrupts my sullying of her kitchen by informing me that Marion Jones is on Oprah.

    Huh? What was Marion Jones doing on THAT show? Hadn’t she gone away?

  • Halloween heartbreak for...

    Trick or Treat? The Red Devils drove down Rte. 24 and knocked on Staunton River’s door. Rustburg opted for a sweet reward, with a 22-14 victory in overtime at Eagle Stadium.

    The Red Devils’ touted option game put the nail in the coffin for Staunton River as Javon Campbell scurried into the end zone for the final blow. Campbell pounded the ball for 155 yards on 35 carries for the night. “They scored and we were in trouble. They outflanked us on the point of attack,” Staunton River coach Rick Witt said.

  • Cavs to entertain Rockbridge (...

    When Rockbridge County visited Jefferson Forest in the second week of the season, the Wildcats looked like anything but a playoff team.

    Rockbridge departed Bedford County with a 40-6 loss hung on it, in a breakout performance by the Cav offense. A stonewalling Forest defense had a lot to do with the outcome of that one.

    Certainly, that game will weigh heavily on the minds of many fans of both teams.

    If those fans are expecting a repeat, however, they should reconsider. Rockbridge is a different team, one bolstered by a fine six-game run that righted its ship.