Carter's Call for August 31, 2011

One of my favorite weekends every year is straight ahead. It's Opening Saturday for college football!

And what's gonna make this season even more interesting is we get to watch two Lynchburg standouts lead the state's major schools. Former L.C.A. star Mike Rocco will be the starting quarterback for UVa, while former Brookville Bee Logan Thomas takes over as Virginia Tech's QB. I've had the pleasure of watching and covering these guys as they've made their way through the ranks, and I can honestly say they're two of the nicest guys you'll ever want to meet. I'm excited for both of them and wish them only the best. They'll both represent their schools well on and off the field.

Both of their alma maters opened their seasons with wins in Week One of Football Friday. In fact, Brookville is number one, L.C.A. number two in our latest Football Friday Top 13 poll.

You can check out the complete list at, just click on Football Friday. We'll announce the fans' choice for this week's Game of the Week Thursday night at 6.

The Liberty Flames have a major test to open the season Saturday night when they play at N.C. State. And now the Flames will have to play without one of their top defensive linemen.

Asa Chapman has been suspended indefinitely after his arrest Friday night on a number of charges, including felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. That's not the kind of distraction you want heading into a game against an ACC opponent. How will the Flames fare as they step up in competition? Two years ago, LU gave West Virginia all it wanted in Morgantown before falling 33-20. As Coach Danny Rocco says, if the Flames can start strong and move the ball early against the Pack, that will be a big statement.

The Carolina League baseball season is winding down, the Hillcats finish off the regular season Labor Day Monday with a 2:05 afternoon game. Things got wild Tuesday night against Potomac after the Nationals' Stephen Sousa barreled over Hillcats' catcher Christian Bethancourt on a play at the plate, crashing hard into Bethancourt standing up. The Hillcats catcher had to leave the game.

Next inning, when Sousa came back up to hit to the boos of the crowd, Chris Masters' pitch nailed him, Masters was ejected, the benches cleared, two other Lynchburg players were thrown out . Potomac went on to win the game 5-4 in 10 innings.

Now we'll see if Tuesday's tempers spill over. The teams play again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.