The Duke’s Preview: Warren County vs Skyline featuring Coach Breeden and Gilbert

The annual Warren County (1-8) and Skyline (3-6) football game has even more on the line this year with the addition of The River Rivalry Trophy which will be presented to the winner on the field following the game.

The broadcast for the Game of the Week will begin at 6:40 pm with Randy Woodward and Ryan Rutherford on The River 95.3, 1450 WFTR, streaming at theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

This rivalry has fired up both teams.

Warren County has nothing to lose as they sit outside the playoff picture.

Coach Josh Breeden emphasized to his team in practice this week the importance of this rivalry and trying to get the senior class their first win over Skyline.

The Wildcats hope to have P.J. Dellinger back at quarterback as he returns from injury, but the offense will rely on the backfield of Gavin Dodson and Blaise Skube.

Skube has looked strong lately with a 37-yard touchdown last week and a kickoff return for a touchdown the week prior, despite being bogged down by an injury earlier in the season.

Dodson has been steady for the Wildcats with his best game coming against one of the toughest defenses they have faced at Sherando.

Dodson finished that outing with 15 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Last week, Warren County went to a “Wildcat” formation with both Dodson and Skube in the backfield and used a zone blocking scheme for their most successful drive against Meridian.

Last year, the Hawks contained the Warren County rushing game, holding the backfield to 72 yards on 28 carries.

This year, Skyline will rely on a defense that swarms to the ball carrier led by linebackers Marques Lockhart-Wright (73 tackles) and Andre Ford (71 tackles).

Offensively, the Hawks know their identity lies with the running game led by Aidan Vaught.

Vaught recently had one of the best games in state history against Meridian where he reached 452 rushing yards on 17.4 yards per carry with five touchdown.

In general, it has been a slower season for Vaught who certainly looks to end his regular season career at Skyline with a bang.

Vaught is back at his running back position this year, but last year as quarterback, he led the team with 112 rushing yards, 129 passing yards, and two rushing touchdowns against the Wildcats.

Skyline is currently in the playoffs, but Warren County would love to play spoiler of their cross-town rivals and put the first plaque on The River Rivalry Trophy.

Both teams will pull out all the stops and we may see a few exciting trick plays along the way.

Skyline has focused on accomplishing three goals this regular season:

  • Winning Homecoming
  • Winning Senior Night
  • Beating Warren County

They accomplished the first two and now look to check one more box before the playoffs.

Skyline will have more on the line tonight fighting for their playoff birth and a more experienced roster.

I predict that combination will help the Hawks secure the victory at Warren County and earn The River Rivalry Trophy in a thrilling 28-22 win.

Press play below for my interview with Skyline Head Coach Heath Gilbert and Warren County Head Coach Josh Breeden.

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1450 WFTR presents The River Rivalry Trophy to Skyline and Warren County High Schools

1450 WFTR proudly presents The River Rivalry Trophy.

The winner of the annual football matchup between Skyline High School and Warren County High School will receive the trophy to hoist and display for the following year.

Inspiration from the trophy came from other local rivalries like the Barr-Lindon Crimson Apple, which is awarded to the top high school football team in Winchester and Frederick County, and the Shenandoah County Championship.

1450 WFTR worked with Jean’s Jewelers to select a high quality trophy with a classic look that measures nearly three feet high and features a traditional gold cup design at the top.

Each year, the winning school will add a plate to the base with their name, final score, and year.

From when the school’s first began competing against each other in the 2007-2008 school year, the series has stayed close with Skyline currently holding an edge 12-7.

Skyline has won the last four matchups in a row by a combined score of 123-27, but all time, the series has provided some instant classics with eight games decided by one score or less.

The schools played each other twice in 2007, 2008, and 2017.

1450 WFTR coincides the inaugural trophy presentation with the station’s celebration of 75 years of serving the Front Royal and Warren County community.

The latest installation of The River Rivalry will begin Friday, November 3rd at 6:40 pm on 1450 WFTR, The River 95.3, theriver953.com, and the Tune In Radio App with Randy Woodward and Ryan Rutherford.

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The Duke’s Preview: Warren County vs Clarke County featuring Coach Breeden

This week’s Friday Night Game of the Week on Fox Sports Radio 1450, The River 95.3 and streaming at theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App features Clarke County (3-0) hosting Warren County (0-2), two team’s trending in opposite directions.

There is still plenty of time for Head Coach Josh Breeden’s Wildcats to turn things around and they have showed some bright spots.

Sr. Sully Zewar has looked strong at wide receiver, a position featured much more in the new spread offense.

Sr. QB PJ Dellinger has showed confidence at quarterback, his first year in the position.

Before the bye week, Millbrook applied a lot of pressure on Dellinger, but he stayed calm and confident in the pocket throughout the game.

The early bye week could help Warren County get their offense back on track, as they are still scoreless in the second half of their first two games.

Clarke County looks to be back in their usual form as a power in Class 2.

They have destroyed their opponents through the first three games averaging 38.7 points per game and allowing just 6.7 points per game.

Clarke County relies on a balanced rushing attack with a number of ball carriers who carry the ball efficiently.

The entire offensive line returned from last season and features four seniors.

They helped lead the Eagles to 305 yards on the ground against Buffalo Gap last week.

Warren County’s bye week and recent experience against Millbrook’s single wing offense could help the Wildcats keep it close early, but Clarke County’s rushing attack may be too much, Eagles 34- Wildcats 16.

Press play below to hear my interview with Warren County Head Coach Josh Breeden.

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The Duke’s Preview: Warren County vs Millbrook featuring Coach Breeden interview

This edition of the Friday Night Lights High School Football Game of the Week features Millbrook (1-0) travelling to Warren County (0-1).

The two teams have not played since 2013 and have split the all time series 3-3.

Millbrook’s season debut saw an incredible rushing attack pile up nearly 400 yards without attempting a pass against Harrisonburg.

Junior running back Kyler Jackson made his varsity debut with 5 carries for 182 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Millbrook ran away with a 40-0 victory after pulling the starters in the second half.

The Pioneers will have a tougher test this week against a Warren County team coming off a strong season last year.

Warren County struggled finishing drives but in my discussion with Head Coach Josh Breeden, he did not seem too concerned about it.

He felt they just had a few things to clear up, and he is confident his squad will have better execution on Friday.

New QB PJ Dellinger and RB Gavin Dodson were the main contributors on offense while Dodson scored the lone TD for Warren County on a pick six.

Warren County’s defense responded well after an opening drive touchdown and did not allow a score in the second half

The defense will face a familiar formation when they see Millbrook’s single wing offense.

The Wildcats ran the same formation the past few seasons under Coach Jerry Sarchet.

When Warren County is on offense, keep an eye on the battle between the Wildcat’s offensive line led by four seniors against the Millbrook defensive line which features All-District selections Cole Purdy (6’3″ 250) and Ezra Doyle-Naegeli (6’0″ 245).

This game will truly be decided in the trenches as the skill positions look very even.

I predict Millbrook will win the battle up front as they dominated the line of scrimmage last week and come away with the victory, 27-14.

Tune in to the action on Fox Sports Radio 1450 WFTR, The River 95.3, streaming on theriver953.com and the Tune In Radio App.

My interview with Warren County Head Coach Josh Breeden is available below.

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WCHS Football Fundraiser

Playoff Football

Warren County High School’s football team is hosting a car wash today from 9 am to 1 pm at the Advance Auto Parts on Commerce Avenue in Front Royal.

They will also be selling Wildcat Cards for $10 which includes discounts to many local businesses.

A table of baked goods will also be available for purchase.

Make sure to come by and help the team raise money for their upcoming season!

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