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July 21, 2014

Piedmont Coverage

Piedmont introduction There is increasing excitement amongst football fans around the state as the 2014 High School season is nearly upon us.  Teams can officially take the field for organized practices on Friday, August 1st and soon thereafter the sounds of cracking pads will fill the air on the practice fields.  

I'm back this season covering the Virginia Preps Piedmont region and will do my best to attempt to keep you up-to-date with all the happenings and events in the area.  There are six teams that have been newly aligned in the Piedmont this season to go along with the returning squads that we covered last year.  The newcomers are Skyline, Turner Ashby, Robert E. Lee-Staunton, Wilson Memorial, Stuarts Draft, and Waynesboro.

Besides new teams in the region, we also have some new faces at the Head Coaching position for eight different squads.  Albemarle (Brandon Isaiah), Brooke Point (Tom Buzzo), Caroline (Antron Yates), Louisa County (Mark Fischer), Manassas Park (Jeff Florio), Stuarts Draft (Nathan Floyd), Warren County (Steven Crist), and William Monroe (Jon Rocha) will all be under new direction when things get underway in the coming weeks.

Regular season action in the Piedmont will kickoff on Thursday, August 28th with four teams playing under the lights.  Mountain View hosts Varina and will be looking to avenge a 42-7 loss in their season opener against the Blue Devils last fall.  Western Albemarle host Spotswood in what will likely be another tightly knitted contest similar to last seasons' contest between the two foes in which the Warriors edged the Trailblazers 17-14.  King George will also be at home as they host Washington & Lee and will look to get off to a winning start with hopes of matching their 7-1 spring from the gate in 2013.

North Stafford will be the lone visiting team from the Piedmont area on Thursday night when they travel to Petersburg.  The Wolverines are surely ready to wipe away the bitter taste of a third straight season ending in the State Semifinals.  Several other area teams will begin their regular season the next evening on Friday, August 29th and all of the squads in the Piedmont will have had their first taste of live game action in 2014 by Friday, September 5th.

Until the season begins, stay tuned to VirginiaPreps.com for plenty of preseason coverage of teams and players to watch in the area as well as more information on the new coaches and other interesting storylines in the Piedmont.

For your reference, here is the entire listing of teams that are included in Virginia Preps Piedmont region:

Albemarle Brentsville Brooke Point  Caroline Central (Woodstock) 
Chancellor Charlottesville Clarke County Colonial Forge Courtland
Culpeper County Eastern View Fauquier Fluvanna George Mason
James Monroe Kettle Run King George Liberty (Bealeton) Louisa
Madison County Manassas Park Massaponax Monticello Mountain View
North Stafford Orange Powhatan R.E. Lee (Staunton) Rappahannock County
Riverbend Skyline Spotsylvania Stafford Strasburg
Stuarts Draft Turner Ashby  Warren County Waynesboro Western Albemarle
William Monroe Wilson Memorial

Robert Edmonds joined the Virginia Preps staff midway through 2013 and just completed his one year anniversary with the site.  He provides insight on player profiles and recruiting news for players from around the state as well as in-season game and team reports.  In 2014, Robert will once again cover the Piedmont area for the site.  He has been contributing sports coverage in the newspaper industry since 2006 and also currently does correspondence work with the Daily Progress in Charlottesville.  Follow him on twitter @bigrob2523 and send feedback and suggestions to him directly at [email protected].

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