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Hornet Preview: Flanking The Generals

9 November 2018 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings from The Booth!

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, our thoughts start drifting toward the upcoming Holidays. Sports is a big part of the Holiday season, and so is food. For most of us there will be a huge Turkey Day feast with all the trimmings and leftovers for days after. But there are many who face the everyday challenge of not having enough to eat. This is not a problem exclusive to third world countries. It exists right here in our neighborhoods. Our 10th “Camping For Hunger” begins Monday the 12th as we board a big yellow school bus in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center in Front Royal, Va. We will live, sleep, and broadcast from the bus for an entire week, in hopes of filling it up with non-perishable food (and money) to benefit C-CAP.

We don’t do this for personal accolades. It’s not fun to freeze in what amounts to a huge cooler for a week, but the payoff is that lots of folks in this area will get enough to eat for at least a while. In this age of so much divisiveness , it’s heartwarming to see a community come together for a common cause. I urge you to please be a part of the 10th Camping For Hunger.

The Shenandoah Hornets will wrap up their football season Saturday with a trip to Lexington, Va., to take on Washington & Lee. Unlike last year, there will be no ODAC championship on the line, and there are no playoff implications. Just a game featuring 2 teams who are trying to end somewhat disappointing seasons with a win.

The irony is that the Hornets in recent years have had great Octobers that have put them in prime position to contend for the ODAC title, only to fade in November. This year, SU had an October that saw them drop 3 straight and take them out of the championship hunt. With a win Saturday, Shenandoah would finish November 2-0, but with no title hopes.

Saturday also closes the Hayden Bauserman era at Shenandoah, a run that may never be equaled in Hornet football history. The senior has given us an incredible 4-year aerial show that has put him at the top or near the top of nearly all the major ODAC passing categories. We will certainly savor every play of his final game Saturday.

As for the game itself, the Hornets will be facing another quality running back in Josh Breece, who hopes to crack the 1000-yard mark on Saturday. The Hornet defense will need to come up with the same kind of effort they had last week, when it held D’Eric Bell to just 71 yards.
The Shenandoah defense must also make the Generals work for their yardage. Limit the big plays.

A fast start is key for SU, who in recent years has fallen behind the Generals by multiple scores and failed to catch up. A few takeaways wouldn’t hurt either, and this year W&L has been a little more generous with the football. Get ahead on the scoreboard and make The Generals be something they are not–a passing team.

My formula of no prediction seemed to work last week, so again, no prognostication, just a “thank you” to the seniors, and hopes for another November win and a 5-5 finish.

That’s it from the Booth…see you soon at Wilkins, and



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