By Stephen Boyle - firstname.lastname@example.org
QUICKSBURG -- Jared Getz does everything for the Stonewall Jackson Generals, according to East Rockingham football coach Donnie Coleman.
Coleman's Eagles defeated Stonewall 28-16 on Friday night, but the opposing coach had good things to say about Getz after the game.
"He's just a tough kid, man," Coleman said of the 5-foot-7 Getz. "He's tough as nails."
Getz led the team in rushing with 36 yards on 11 carries and blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter. The senior also had an 84-yard kickoff return to set up the Generals' other touchdown.
"Jared plays the same every game," said Stonewall Jackson coach Dick Krol. "It's a cliché, but he gives 100 percent every time he's out on the field. If he weighed 195 pounds, he'd hurt people."
Unfortunately for the 155-pound Getz, 100 percent wasn't enough to get the Generals their first win of the season. East Rockingham is now a perfect 4-0 on the season, while the Generals are 0-4. Despite the loss, Krol was pleased with his team's effort on Friday.
"I think we played hard and we played tough," he said.
Krol's squad did strike first with a 35-yard field goal by Juan Luna, but then East Rockingham's playmakers took over the game. Senior running back Sharif Price took the ensuing kickoff 69 yards and then finished the one-play drive off with a 26-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 7-3 lead.
In the second quarter, senior defensive back and wide receiver John Wright picked off a Jacob Armell pass at the Generals' 18-yard line, which eventually set up another touchdown run by Price, this time from two yards out. Wright and the Eagles weren't content with just a 14-3 lead going into the half. With just 2:08 remaining in the second quarter, quarterback Hunter Harman found Wright on a streak for a 77-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-3.
"We just got some playmakers and we try to get them the ball," Coleman said.
Despite managing only one first down in the first two quarters of play, the Generals came out strong in the second half. In 12 plays, Stonewall Jackson took its first drive of the second half 52 yards. Getz fittingly got to carry the ball across the goal line from the 7-yard line to make the score 21-9. The extra point was blocked.
East Rockingham responded with two big passes to Wright for 36 and 19 yards, respectively, and then a quarterback sneak by Harmon for a touchdown and a 28-9 lead.
Then Getz took the kickoff at the 10-yard line and jogged about five yards forward. He found a crease and ran all the way to the Eagles' 6 before being tackled from behind. Armell would eventual finish off the drive with a touchdown to make the score 28-16.
Although Stonewall Jackson is still searching for its first win of the season, Getz thought the team looked sharp coming off their bye week.
"It's pretty frustrating, but we only have room for improvement," Getz said. "I think the team looked great."