Getting Hit With A Measuring Stick

Greetings from The Booth!

The visitors booth at Day Field in Ashland, Va., was not a fun place to be this past Saturday. The Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets used a familiar formula in soundly beating the Shenandoah Hornets 45-14 on Family Weekend at RMC. We’ve seen it all too many times: a ball control offense that possessed the football for over 44 minutes, an efficient passing game (on the rare occasions the Jackets threw the ball) featuring the tight end, and a dominating defense that completely shut down the Hornets. Simply, SU ran into a lemon and black buzzsaw.

No element of football is independent from another. Case in point, the Hornets offense never got anything going on Saturday. Thus, the defense was constantly on the field and eventually worn down by the constant pounding of the Yellow Jackets. Even when the Hornets were hanging in early, thanks to some special teams mistakes by RMC, there was never a feeling that Shenandoah was going to pull the upset, as they did the week before against D-2 Emory & Henry.

Sometimes the best lessons, albeit painful ones, come out of defeats like the one at RMC. The Hornets were riding high after their win against E&H , and rightfully so. But the Jackets showed Shenandoah what the upper echelon of the ODAC looks like. The Yellow Jackets are perennial contenders who have won 3 of the last 5 league titles. They are near the top in the nation in several categories, and they don’t beat themselves. And when they have you down, they don’t let up, usually. If not for a last-second Hail Mary by Washington & Lee, RMC would be undefeated. In short, SU got hit with a measuring stick last weekend, and it left a mark.

For the Hornets, it’s time to move on, because there are still some things to be accomplished. With a win this Saturday against Apprentice, Shenandoah would secure a winning season. And with a win against the Builders followed by a home win in the finale against W&L, the Hornets would finish at 7-3, their best season since the NCAA Playoff year of 2004. This is significant, because 7-3 is that next rung on the ladder that separates you from the middle of the pack, and puts you closer to the the league’s elites.

This season, that’s not quite close enough.

Catch the Winchester Printers Pre-Game Show from at 12:30 Saturday, followed by kickoff at 1. Until our next visit from the Booth…GO HORNETS!


Camping for Hunger and other ways to help the hungry

It is projected by the website Feeding America that almost 800,000 people will go without food in Virginia over 200,000 of those are children.

One way to help the almost 4,000 of those in Warren County is through Camping for Hunger which supports Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) and their efforts in helping the hungry.

Donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations are being accepted for Camping for Hunger through Nov. 20.

Click here for full details on Camping for Hunger and thank you for your support.

If you are unable to donate volunteering is another way to support those who might go hungry.

There are so many opportunities for those who wish to help out their friends and neighbors where you live.

Visit the Feeding America website for more on helping the hungry and again thank you.

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VSP seeks information from the public regarding a hit and run

In an email from Sergeant Brent Coffey Public Information Officer of the Virginia State Police (VSP) Trooper J. Joseph is investigating a hit and run.

Trooper Joseph and VSP are asking the public’s help in identifying a vehicle involved in a hit and run in Rockingham County.

The incident occurred Wednesday night on Rt. 33 (Spotswood Trail) near Rt. 687 (Massanetta Springs Rd).

A 19 year old male was struck and suffered serious but non life threatening injuries.

The vehicle did not stop and could have damage on the passenger side with the investigation continuing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call (540) 434-8593.

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VSP investigate a fatal accident involving a Front Royal man

Virginia State Police (VSP) continue to investigate a single vehicle accident that killed Front Royal resident Jeffery A. Gibson.

According to an email from VSP Public Relations Director Corinne Geller ,Trooper J.T. Hackney has been investigating an accident that took place in Giles County.

Trooper Hackney reports that Gibson’s 2019 Nissan Versa left Virginia Rt. 460 struck a culvert overturned several times and came to rest on its roof.

Gibson was transported to Blacksburg hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

Fatigue was likely a factor in the crash pending further investigation.

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Something to do on this election day with the WPD and the young recruit Leo

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This being election day Nov. 2 and many schools and government offices are closed.

The Winchester Police Department (WPD) have something for you to do according to their social media post.

This will include Leo the WPD’s young Police dog recruit so adorable.

The Officers of the WPD are bringing back color with a cop.

Before or after you vote young and old are invited down to color with a cop.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today Nov. 2 at the food court of the Apple Blossom Mall come down and color along side the men and women of the WPD.

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Polls are open until 7 tonight on this election day

Election day in Virginia with voters deciding on a Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.

According to each counties’ election website there are a number of choices on the ballots for the election.

Frederick and Warren Counties will choose three Delegates each.

Clarke County with two delegates on the ballot and Page and Shenandoah Counties one delegate each.

Frederick and Shenandoah Counties have three board of supervisors to select today.

Warren and Page Counties have two board of supervisors selections on their ballot.

Frederick, Warren and Shenandoah Counties will also select 3 school board members each.

Page County voters will choose two school board members.

Town council members are to be voted on in Front Royal, Luray as well as in Boyce, Stephens City and New Market.

Boyce will also be selecting a mayor and recorder as well.

Polls in Virginia are open until 7 tonight Nov. 2.

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