September 21, 2019

Virginia Tech: Hokies miss opportunities, fall to Blue Devils

Quarterback Michael Brewer made his long awaited second start of the season, but that wasn’t enough to flip the script for the Hokies this season as they slept walk through another close loss to a decent opponent, losing 45-43 to Duke in four overtimes. It took the Blue Devils one play in the fourth overtime to score a touchdown and then quarterback Thomas Sirk powered across the goal line to give the Blue Devils the two point victory.

It was the Hokies’ third loss by one possession this season and their 13th in the last four seasons as they have perfected doing just enough to lose. Like in their losses to Miami, Pitt and East Carolina, the outcome was a real team effort. with mistakes on offense, defense and special teams all contributing to pushing the Hokies record to 3-5 and out of the ACC Championship game picture. [Read more…]

REDSKINS: Sam Huff Day on September 15

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WEST VIRGINIA-JAMES MADISON GAME AT FEDEXFIELD
DESIGNATED AS ‘SAM HUFF DAY’

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – West Virginia University Mountaineers announced today that the West Virginia vs. James Madison game at FedExField on Saturday, Sept. 15 is declared ‘Sam Huff Day’ in honor of former Redskin and Mountaineer legend, Sam Huff. Kickoff has been set for 4:30 p.m.

‘Sam Huff Day’ will pay tribute to Huff’s lifetime achievements in football, as well as commemorate his years of dedication and commitment to the Redskins and Mountaineers. Huff will be the Mountaineers’ honorary captain and recognized at halftime. He will also be honored pregame, on the video boards and at special events at FedExField throughout the day.

“Sam Huff is one of the all-time great Mountaineers, and this will certainly be a special day playing in the home of the Washington Redskins and honoring one of the NFL’s greatest legends,” WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck said. “We have a great fan base in the D.C. area, and we are certainly looking forward to honoring Sam for his major contributions to the game of football as a Mountaineer and Redskin.”

Huff, a West Virginia native, is one of only two former Mountaineer greats to have his number retired by the University. He was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter who helped lead the Mountaineers to a combined four-year mark of 31-7 and a berth in the 1954 Sugar Bowl. As a co-captain in 1955, Huff was named first team All-American by the NEA Service, Look Magazine, Jet Magazine and NBC-TV. He was selected to play in the North-South Game, the Senior Bowl and the College Football All-Star Game played in Chicago. He also earned first team Academic All-America honors.

“The Washington Redskins are honored to join WVU in celebrating one of our most talented alumni by devoting an entire day to celebrate his tremendous accomplishments,” said Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen. “Sam embodies what it means to be a Redskin and we are excited to thank him, along with his college alma mater, for his years of service and commitment to both the Redskins and Mountaineers.”

After an All-American career at West Virginia, Huff entered the NFL in 1956. A member of the NFL’s 1950’s All-Decade team, Huff played in five Pro Bowls, six NFC Champion¬ship games, was named All-NFL three times and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. In 2002, he was honored as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins.

“Sam Huff was the embodiment of toughness and aggressiveness,” said Redskins legend, Joe Theismann. “It is great that he is being honored. Being a part of the Redskins family he speaks to the great traditions that we have both as a team and organization. This is one of many honors he not only deserves, but earned.”

Tickets to the WVU-JMU ‘Sam Huff Day’ game are available for purchase at www.TICKETMASTER.com, Ticketmaster Phone Charge at 800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia region. For Suites and Large groups please call 301-276-6711.

The WVU-JMU game adds to an all-star lineup of events at FedExField as part of the Redskins’ commitment to provide diverse entertainment options including premier college football games, world-class performers, international matches and more.

During the 2011 season, FedExField hosted the nationally-televised game between Notre Dame and Maryland and the 112th Army-Navy Game. FedExField is also scheduled to host another high-profile college football game this fall when Virginia Tech takes on Cincinnati on Sept. 29.

New Coaches, Freshmen Potential in the DMV

by Pam Chvotkin, College Basketball Editor

The college basketball season is well underway here in the district. Georgetown, Maryland, George Washington, George Mason and American are all one and two games into the regular season and it is still up in the air to try and predict the course of how the schedules are going to go. Plenty to work on with each of these teams, recognizing the fluidity of the seasoned seniors with the novice freshmen. Lets take a look at the notables:

 

Georgetown (2-0): Heavy influence from the new freshmen could make this team dangerous. Starting out under the radar might help the Hoyas as they advance to 2-0 on the season dominating with the leadership from Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson. Keep an eye out for Otto Porter and Greg Whittington to contribute quality minutes for the Hoyas Next up; the Hoyas participate in the Maui Invitational where they will face some tough competition, taking on several nationally-favored teams in its bracket.

vs. Savannah State: W, 83-54 F –Box Score: http://bit.ly/sWtpRA

vs. UNC-Greensboro: W, 86-45 F –Box Score: http://bit.ly/trC7u8

 

Maryland (1-0): Half-court offense with the Terps will need some work. With the loss of key players like Pe’Shon Howard and Alex Len, the Terps will need to continue to stay competitive on the frontcourt. With a new coaching style, Mark Turgeon will have to keep his team confident to match up with the dominant ACC teams like UNC and Duke.

vs. UNC-Wilmington: W, 71-62 F –Box Score: http://bit.ly/vCwFSF

 

George Washington (1-1): Struggling so far this season, rebounding seems to be a problem. Outscored on a 21-0 run at the end of the first half of the Cal game, the Colonials will need to gain some confidence to stave off major blowouts. With the potential to do fairly well in the Atlantic 10, the Colonials have some work to do with their starting five.

vs. UMES: W, 64-48 F –Box Score: http://bit.ly/u7a018

at California: L, 54-81 F –Box Score: http://bit.ly/rG7gk2

 

 

George Mason (1-1): New season, new coach, new rules… it will take some time for the Patriots to get used to Coach Hewitt’s unique system. With an inexperienced backcourt, they will need to push hard through the season to maximize the potential of their players.

vs. Rhode Island: W, 92-90 F-OT –Box Score: http://bit.ly/sdqjPC

vs. Florida Int’l.: L, 76-79 F-OT –Box Score: http://bit.ly/u11f9E

 

American (0-2): Keep an eye out for Troy Brewer and Charles Hinkle, making valiant efforts in their first two games of the season, ultimately losing to UMES recently in OT. Look to the Eagles attacking the perimeter and gaining some experience with rebounding and not allowing opponents to score big on points off turnovers.

at Richmond: L, 56-66 F –Box Score: http://bit.ly/t8ZDGj

at Md.-East. Shore: L, 62-64 F-OT –Box Score: http://bit.ly/tq8rAO

District Sports Page College Basketball Primer

by Pam Chvotkin, College Basketball Editor

With the college basketball season right around the corner, here’s a primer for what to expect in DMV hoops this coming season.

Right off the bat, I want to mention that local schools, outside of Maryland and Georgetown, have the potential to gain a new following depending how long the lockout lasts for the NBA.  College ball in the D.C. area can help to fill the void of a lack of an NBA season and basically, we want to introduce fans to the blog and the reason for covering college basketball in D.C. [Read more…]

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