2019 Football Wrap-Up
Greetings From The Booth!
Some housekeeping this week as we transition to SU Basketball, and as we embark on the Thanksgiving Holiday and the Christmas season.
Does it get any better than turkey sandwiches and leftovers and a bunch of college football rivalry games on the HDTV? I think not.
It is the weekend known as Rivaly Week, and there are some great matchups on tap.
On Friday at high noon, it’s the Commonwealth Classic, as Virginia takes on Virginia Tech. Always a great rivalry with the bragging rights of the Old Dominion up for grabs, but this year there’s the added prize of the ACC Coastal Division title and the right to play Clemson in the league Championship game. I’m not sure if playing the Tigers is such a great prize, but that’s why we “tee ’em up.” I’m leaning toward the Hokies Saturday, because of the way that Bud Foster defense is playing right now.
Also this weekend is Auburn-Alabama. That’s all you really have to say. ‘Bama is trying to prove it is a College Football Playoff team even without Tua, while Gus Malzahn is trying to prove to the Auburn higher-ups that he is a worthy coach. That will be a good one.
And, there’s Ohio State-Michigan. Ahhh, the memories of watching that one at my grandmother’s house every year after a rousing game of leaf-pile football in the backyard. Bo versus Woody. 3 yards and a cloud of dust. And the score always something like 12-7. Can’t wait.
I also wanted to put the bow on Shenandoah University’s 6-4 football season, which ended with a 70-point outburst last Saturday. With a break here and there, the Hornets could have very well been a 7-3, even an 8-2 team. But realistically, given the expectation level at the beginning of the season, SU overachieved. Going into the season without arguably the best quarterback to ever play in the ODAC, you would take a 6-win season and not think twice.
The Hornets used 3 quarterbacks, before finally settling on freshman Chris Sonnenberg, who at times played like a freshman, but more often than not looked anything but. In just 4 games, Sonnenberg threw for over 1300 yards and showed that the immediate future is bright at the QB position.
Offensively, freshman Sam Adams was a bright spot, and although senior WR Casey Stewart will not be back in 2020, the receiving corps is deep, with Miles Moore, Jake Wallace, and Brant Butler are all set to return.
The defense was much improved from 2018, and held it’s own against the top teams in the league. SU will lose some key pieces from that unit, but will also return some underclassmen who got some good OTJ training in 2019.
The work now begins for the coaching staff, who will hit the recruiting trail, and for the returning Hornets, who will hit the weight room. There is a lot to build on, as SU tries to move from being a perennial 5-5, 6-4 team to a team that can compete for ODAC titles.
Have a great Thanksgiving, enjoy those leftovers and rivalry games, and until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!