Daily Staff Report
FISHERSVILLE -- It may not have been a perfectly executed game, but Wilson Memorial did just about everything right in a 42-7 thumping of Stonewall Jackson on Friday night in a non-district play.
The Green Hornets scored at will and kept the Generals out of the end zone until the closing moments of the contest as they easily claimed their season opener.
The first half belonged to the Hornets, with the offense scoring four times, a special teams' touchdown and a shutdown effort by the defense.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Wilson Memorial needed just nine plays to drive 80 yards. The combination of Malik Rucks and Connery Swift covered the distance on the ground, with Swift converting the final four yards on a dive play for the initial score. The first of six successful extra points by Grant Sauer made it 7-0.
A pair of big passes from Jake Bailey to Weston Cash helped the Hornets stretch the lead to 14-0. Cash caught a pair of Bailey tosses for 70 yards, setting up a 1-yard TD run by Rucks.
Another Bailey-to-Cash hookup of 25 yards helped set up a Wilson Memorial touchdown early in the second quarter. Swift picked up his second score on a 5-yard sweep, and the advantage was 21-0.
The Stonewall offense, which was held to two first downs in its first two possessions, finally got something going. Sparked by long runs from Sean Stroop and Jared Getz, and a 28-yard pass play from John-Michael Pirtle to Getz, the Generals drove to the Wilson Memorial 9.
On fourth down, a field goal attempt was blocked by Gage Staton and grabbed out of midair by Cash, who raced 80 yards for the score.
The Hornets were not done, driving 55 yards for another seven points just before the half. Rucks got his second TD on a 15-yard run with 21 seconds remaining, making it a 35-0 game at the break.
A Mark Stutes fumble recovery set up the lone Wilson Memorial touchdown in the second half. Swift found paydirt for the third time with a 3-yard run, giving the Hornets a 42-0 lead early in the fourth.
A 28-yard Anthony Peacher touchdown run in the final two minutes helped the Generals avoid the shutout.
Wilson Memorial featured a very balanced offensive attack. Swift ran for 90 yards with Rucks tallying 87 more. Bailey added 92 through the air for Wilson Memorial, which will travel to Page County next Friday night. Stonewall Jackson hosts Clarke County next Friday.