High School Football: Turnovers, sloppy play plague WHS

Story by Chris Graham

Schuyler Wilkerson scored four touchdowns, three in the first half, and Waynesboro could never get things going on offense in a 39-6 Western Albemarle romp Friday night.

The Little Giants (0-2) committed three first-quarter turnovers that led to Warriors touchdowns. Chet Berry’s first pass of the game was intercepted at the Western 33 by junior Taylor Pond, setting up the first of Wilkerson’s scores from 15 yards out a minute and a half into the game. Following a Waynesboro punt and a Western Albemarle turnover on downs, Matt Foley intercepted another Berry pass, setting up a Wilkerson five-yard run that made it 12-0 Western (1-1) with 2:20 to go in the opening quarter.

A Justin Clark fumble was cashed into points on a 16-yard run by Wilkerson that pushed the lead to 20-0 when Stephen Schuyler put in the two-point conversion.

Waynesboro got its only points of the night on an 18-yard fourth-quarter interception return by senior linebacker Erick Loya.

The Little Giants had 44 yards of total offense, and just 10 yards of offense in the second half.


Other Finals

– R.E. Lee 52, Alleghany 7
– Stuarts Draft 48, Wilson Memorial 13
– Buffalo Gap 25, Bath County 7
– Jefferson Forest 40, Rockbridge County 6

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