By Tommy Keeler Jr. - firstname.lastname@example.org
WOODSTOCK -- It was an emotional night for Central, especially the seniors.
The Falcons beat Strasburg, 28-8, on Friday night, keeping the seniors undefeated against their Shenandoah County rival. It was the third consecutive win for Central in the series.
"This group of seniors, we've never lost to Strasburg," Central quarterback Matt Sherfey said. "We beat them as freshman on the JV team as well. In fact, this is the first year they've scored on us."
Central senior running back Seth Bauserman had even more reason to be excited. Bauserman ran for 121 yards on 26 carries, for his first 100-yard rushing game.
"It's really special," Bauserman said. "When I found out I had 100 yards, the emotions came out. We have a new O-line, and they really stepped up and did a great job.
"It means a lot. I couldn't have picked a better team to do it against."
The Falcons scored on their first possession with Bauserman getting the bulk of the workload. Central went 71 yards on 10 plays.
Bauserman carried the ball seven times on the drive and finished it off with an 8-yard touchdown with 3:10 left in the first quarter. Bauserman appeared to have been stopped near the goal line, but with one final push was able to reach the pylon for the score.
"I just lowered my shoulder and tried to get into the end zone," Bauserman said.
The Falcons' defense extended the lead as Central's Ryan Edwards recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 14-0 lead at halftime.
Central coach Mike Yew said Strasburg only had seven guys in the box and was putting extra focus on stopping Central's passing game, so the Falcons decided to run as much as needed.
The Falcons' passing game struggled at times against the Rams, but that didn't stop Sherfey from connecting with Seth Wymer on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
"That was very emotional for Seth [Wymer] and I," Sherfey said. "It was very similar to a play we scored on last year when we beat Strasburg 22-0. It brought back memories, it was an emotional play."
Strasburg scored its first points on a fumble recovery by Bradley Hough, as the junior returned the fumble 13 yards to cut the lead to 21-6 with 9:07 left in the game.
The Rams (0-2) turned over the ball five times. Strasburg had its chances, but couldn't come up with enough big plays or keep any momentum going. Central (1-1) held Strasburg to only 145 yards of offense.
Strasburg's best drive of the game was the first one in which it used 10 plays and drove to the Central 28, before the drive stalled.
"We always start off good and then we get it down in the red zone and we turn it over, or we have a penalty," Strasburg coach Mark Roller said. "We just shoot ourselves in the foot and then we go backwards. It's frustrating. It's frustrating for the kids."
Central lost its season-opener to Manassas Park last week and the team was motivated to get the win. However, Bauserman admitted records don't really matter when it comes to playing their rival.
"It's just a great atmosphere," Bauserman said. "You know all of Woodstock's going to come out. You know all of Strasburg's going to come out, no matter where the game's being played at.
"It was a packed house. We knew we couldn't let our fans down. We couldn't let each other down. Losing was not an option."