Photos From Thursday Night Soccer - Ashe vs. Forbush

September 27th, 2007

West Jefferson, NC

Here are some shot from my first soccer shoot. All photos with my new sigma lens. The majority of the shots were at night so some of the photos will be a bit grainy due to the low light.

Caption Disclaimer: I know nothing about soccer.

Pregame Introductions

Varsity Husky

Forbush player

Ashe defending

Fighting for the ball

Fighting for the ball II


My Photo On Front Page of Mtn Times Sports Section

Here is the photo of some youth football action that's on the front page of the Mountain Times sports section:

Mason Hamilton (2) slashes through an opening


Silver Bulldogs Avenge Only Loss of the Season

September 25th, 2007
Warrensville, NC-

Coach Taylor's son watching the game from the sidelines
photo by Jamie Williams

After losing their season opener to the Yellow Jackets from Wilkes County, Ashe's Silver Bulldogs got retribution Tuesday night when the with a 30-22 win over the Yellow Jackets at home.

Below are some shots of the action:

Bulldog Tailback Josh Wineburg rushed for score in the win
photo by Jamie Williams

Despite another knee injury, Wineburg carried much of the rushing load for the Bulldogs

photo by Jamie Williams

LB Eli Gamble takes down a Yellow Jackets rusher

photo by Jamie Williams

RB Chris Watt (4) was the Yellow Jackets main weapon, rushing for one touchdown and throwing for another

photo by Jamie Williams

Sam Gammons (10) gets congratulated by a teammate after one of two Bulldog interceptions

photo by Jamie Williams


Silver Bulldogs Tame Watauga Wolverines With 32-14 Win

September 18th, 2007
Warrensville, NC-

Ashe's Silver Bulldogs take the field before Tuesday night's game

photo by Jamie Williams

Two quick strikes, one on the first defensive series of the first half, and another on the first play of the second half, helped Ashe County Middle School's Silver Bulldogs roll over the Wolverines from Watauga County.

Silver Bulldog's all-purpose athlete, Josh Wineburg, picked up a fumble during Watauga's opening possesion of the first half and rumbled seventy yards for a score just one minute and thirty-eight seconds into the ballgame. After a successful two-point conversion by tailback Eli Gamble, the Bulldog's took an early 8-0 lead. With Silver's leading rusing threat(Josh Wineburg) on the sidelines with a knee injury for the better part of the second quarter, Ashe simply held to their eight point lead going into halftime.

Despite suffering a knee injury in the second quarter, Bulldog RB/LB Josh Wineburg returned for most of the second half

photo by Jamie Williams

Quick strike number two came when Ashe's Jeff Martin opended the second half by taking Watauga's kick and streaking seventy-five yards down the sideline to put the Bulldogs up 16-0 eleven seconds into the third quarter.

Using a spread offensive nearly identical to the one used by Appalachian State, Watauga tried to take advantage of their speed by sending their receivers on quick slant routes, and running a spread option with QB Ethan Poulis. However, nothing seemed to work as Ashe matched up well with their speed and athleticism on defense.

Watauga would find the endzone twice but it wouldn't matter as Ashe went on to rack up thirty-two points.


Longhorns Stampede Blue Bulldogs 22-8

September 18th, 2007
Warrensville, NC-

Blue Bulldog Coach Dwayne Farmer

photo by Jamie Williams

Ashe County Middle School's Blue Bulldogs played an impressive half of football last night. Too bad it was the second half of a game they were already down 22-0 in. Unable to move the ball against Johnson County, the Bulldog's offense kept their defense in one unenviable posistion after another in the first half of last night's game. Taking advantage of their good defensive play, Johnson County found themselves with the ball in Bulldog territory and having to make just a couple short drives to put Ashe in the hole 16-0 late in the second quarter. When a Bulldog pass was intercepted and returned sixty-five yards for another score as time ran out in the first half, it would have been easy for the Blue Bulldogs to pack it in for the night.

QB/RB Cole Goss

photo by Jamie Williams

But take it from someone who's played for him, that's not Coach Dwayne Farmer's style. Challenging his players to give the next sixteen minutes all they had, Coach Farmer pulled his team together and inspired them to two quarters of very solid football, scoring on a sixty yard drive with their first possesion of the second half. Blue's defense also stepped up, holding the Longhorns scoreless for the entire second half.

Blue Bulldog running backs failed to reach the endzone in the first half

photo by Jamie Williams


Pioneers Pound Huskies 34-7

September 17th, 2007
West Jefferson, NC-

I didn't show up for this game until halftime. Neither did the Huskies. Ashe County gave up thirty-one points to the Pioneers in the first two quarters and had hardly seen Watauga's side of the field until they finally got on the board at the end of the third quarter on a thirty-five yard touchdown pass and catch. That was probably the longest play from scrimmage for the Huskies and definately the only sign of any offense. At one point in the fourth quarter, Ashe faced a third and forty-three, unbelievable.

Only giving up three points in the second half was a bit of a positive sign, but Watauga had pretty much called off the dogs by then.

Ashe will try to right the ship when they travel to Pfafftown Friday evening to take on Ronald Reagan High.


Appalachian Chops Down LumberJacks

September 15th, 2007
Boone, NC-

Appalachian State takes down Northern Arizona 34-21. The win gives the Mountaineers a 3-0 record on the season.

Raiders Swat Yellow Jackets

Raider RB Mason Hamilton smacks away a Yellow Jacket defender
photo by Jamie Williams

September 15th, 2007

Jefferson, NC

After a scoreless first half, a six yard touchdown run by running back Mason Hamilton with 6:11 left in the fourth quarter pushed Ashe County's Raiders over Wilkes County's fifth and sixth grade Yellow Jackets 6-0.

QB Connor Bowers spent most of the 2nd half on the sidelines with an injury
photo by Jamie Williams

Broncos Squeeze Past Yellow Jackets

Alex Richardson (18) scored the Bronco's lone touchdown

photo by Jamie Williams

September 15th, 2007
Jefferson, NC-

Thanks to a touchdown run by Bronco QB Alex Richarson, the Broncos third and fourth grade team edged the Yellow Jackets from Wilkes County 6-0.

Bronco's RB Matt Greer

photo by Jamie Williams

JV Huskies Fall to Pioneers

September 13th, 2007
Boone, NC-

Despite a touchdown run by QB Matt Nichols, Ashe County suffers a 28-7 loss. Thursday night's defeat was the second at the hands of Watauga this season.

The JV Huskies will try to bounce back when they take on Reagan Raiders from Pfafftown, at home, on September 20th at 7:00


Silver Outshines Blue

Silver Bulldogs leave the field after their 24-0 victory

photo by Jamie Williams

September 11th, 2007

Warrensville, NC-

Under a cloudy sky, covered with rain and mud, apparently silver still shines. Well, at least on the football field. On an evening that brought friend against friend, classmate against classmate, Ashe County Middle School’s Blue and Silver Bulldog football teams put pride and bragging rights on the line in the first of two annual head-to-head match-ups.

Sparked by two early first quarter touchdowns by tailbacks Josh Wineburg and Eli Gamble, the Silver Bulldogs took an early 16-0 lead in the contest and virtually dominated from start to finish.

Despite taking over possession of the football in Silver territory four times in the first half, Ashe’s Blue Bulldogs failed to take advantage of their field position and couldn't seem to get rolling on offense. Hampered by a slick field, Blue’s offensive line could not hold their ground against Silver’s defensive charge. Facing a fourth and one on Silver’s two yard line early in the second quarter, the Blue Bulldogs failed to get enough of a push up front to gain the one yard that would have given them first and goal on Silver’s one yard line. On their very next possession, Blue once again found themselves with a fourth down situation. This time needing six yards from Silver’s 15-yard line, and again they were unable to convert. Left with third and long on multiple other possessions the Blue Bulldog’s repeatedly placed themselves in passing situations where Silver’s defensive pass rush forced Blue ’s quarterback combination of Matthew Sexton and Cole Goss to attempt throws while scrambling from blitzers—something that never works well in wet, slick conditions.

Blue Bulldog's QB Matthew Sexton scrambles out of the pocket during Tuesday evenings game against the Silver Bulldogs
photo by Jamie Williams

In contrast, the Silver Bulldogs used their size advantage at running back to keep the ball on the ground and between the tackles, occasionally rolling quarterback Sam Gammons outside when Blue’s defense was lured in by Silver’s potent running attack.

With a 16-0 lead at halftime, the Silver Bulldogs started the third quarter with another quick strike, this time on defense when a Matthew Sexton pass was picked off by defensive back Blake Huffman and returned 31 yards for a score. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was now 24-0 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter.
Blue Bulldog’s next two possessions led to punts and when a late fourth quarter drive ended in another Matthew Sexton interception on Silver’s nine yard line, any chance of comeback diminished.

The Blue Bulldogs will have their chance at redemption when the two teams meet again at 6:00pm on October 9th at Ashe County Middle School. They will look to rebound from Tuesday’s loss when they take on Johnson County at home on the 18th of this month. Kick-off for that game will be at 5:00pm.
The Silver Bulldogs will try to carry the momentum from Tuesday’s win over to their home meeting with Watauga also on the 18th. Game time is scheduled for 6:30pm.