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Rockbridge County High School junior linebacker Adam Doll-Hennis (6) has already received a scholarship offer to VMI.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Staunton River’s football team will be winging it this year.
However, don’t expect the Golden Eagles to take to the air.
Fourth-year Staunton River coach Chuck Poston is introducing the Blue Ridge District to the single wing offense, a run-oriented scheme that features shotgun snaps and plenty of deception in the backfield.
Poston, whose teams have won 19 games in three seasons, said he is modeling his single wing after the version that Giles has used successfully for more than three decades.
“It’s very similar to Giles,” Poston said. “We went and visited several places and did a lot of research.”
The Staunton River coach said he isn’t making the switch purely to try a new offensive philosophy. The Golden Eagles’ personnel might not be as well suited to other schemes.
“We felt like we needed to do something,” Poston said. “The system fits our kids, and not just our kids now but the kids that we project will be in the program in the coming years.”
Staunton River opens the 2013 season Aug. 30 at Liberty.
Rockbridge linebacker receives offer from VMI
Rockbridge County linebacker Adam Doll-Hennis has received a scholarship offer from VMI.
The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Doll-Hennis is entering his third year as a starter at Rockbridge.
Doll-Hennis registered 93 solo tackles and 63 assists in 12 games in 2012 as the Wildcats nearly knocked off Brookville in the Region III Division 3 final.
He had 101 solos, 60 assists, 12 tackles for loss and six quarterback sacks as a sophomore.
Rockbridge coach Jason White said two other in-state FCS schools still have interest in Doll-Hennis.
“William and Mary, and Liberty are still in a holding pattern,” White said. “They want to see some game film from the first few games of his senior year.”
Former Rockbridge County and Ferrum College star Marcus Mayo has joined the Wildcats’ coaching staff.
Mayo, who does not have a fulltime job in the school system, is coaching Rockbridge’s quarterbacks and running backs, and he is coordinating the offense for the JV team.
Bruins, Blue Demons colliding in benefit game
Most high school football teams that play each other in the regular season avoid a preseason matchup.
Not so for Blacksburg and Christiansburg.
The two River Ridge District and Montgomery County rivals will conclude the 2013 regular season Nov. 8 in Christiansburg.
But first, the Blue Demons and Bruins will square off in a benefit game Aug. 23 in Blacksburg.
Christiansburg scrimmaged Patrick Henry each of the past two seasons, but the Blue Demons and Patriots are playing a regular-season game against each other this year.
Blue Demons coach Tim Cromer didn’t look far in finding a different preseason foe. He made a quick call to Blacksburg coach David Crist.
“I said, ‘Let’s talk about this,’ ” Cromer said. “We don’t play each other until the 10th game. Plus I consider it a friendly rivalry. I think our [fans] will be excited to see a local rival.
“I like a benefit game. We’ll play our starters the first half and our backups in the second half. Our JV teams will play first, and I like involving our JV.”
Cromer said he wants to see his varsity under game conditions, because Christiansburg’s season opener Aug. 30 is against Pulaski County. The Demons opened the last two seasons against Floyd County.
“That’s totally changed the dynamic,” Cromer said.
Cromer said Pulaski agreed to move the game from Week 9 to the front of the schedule. Christiansburg and Pulaski both have an open date before the final regular-season game.
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