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Rams cruise to win

By Stephen Boyle - sports@nvdaily.com

With 20 seconds to go William Monroe's two-point conversion didn't have any affect on the final score of Friday's game against Strasburg, but it did help the Dragons and Rams set a milestone: 101 total points.

Strasburg's 61-40 win improves their record to 6-0 this season, while William Monroe is now 0-6.

"When you score the points that we scored I think you've got to be happy," said Rams coach Mark Roller. "They played and didn't give up, but our kids didn't quit either."

The high scoring affair led to some terrific offensive statistics for both teams. Strasburg's offensive line opened up big holes throughout the game and the biggest beneficiary was running back Rakwon White. The senior had 22 carries for 297 yards and four touchdowns. His shortest touchdown run of the day came from 14 yards out in the second quarter, while his longest was a 57-yard carry in the first quarter.

"Obviously they've got some studs," said William Monroe coach Mark Sanford. "That was a great football team, it's not like we got beat by sisters of the poor."

Rams quarterback Troy Gordon also had a big day on Friday. He had 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on just four carries, and also threw for 134 yards and another touchdown. Sanford thought the Dragons biggest problem in the game was poor tackling and that was most evident on a 34-yard run by Gordon in the second quarter.

After a holding penalty backed the Rams up to the Dragons' 34-yard line Gordan saw a snap sail over his head and dribble all the way past midfield. He picked the ball up and broke three tackles before getting back to the line of scrimmage. Then fullback Darius Lozado, who had 69 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own, gave Gordon the only block he needed to make it all the way into the end zone. Strasburg led 55-24 after a wild first half.

Dragons' quarterback Jack Morris kept the score competitive for most of the game. The junior was 11-20 for 317 yards and five touchdowns. Six of his nine incompletions were dropped passes.

"I was very pleased with our passing game," said Sanford. "That's by far our best passing game so far."

While offensively Strasburg had virtually no concerns, Roller admitted that pass defense was his biggest concern following the win. The big pass plays were particularly alarming, according to Roller. William Monroe completed touchdown passes of 38, 40, 57 and 81 yards in the game. Senior Dakwan Morris had 200 receiving yards and a touchdown on six catches.

"That doesn't make me happy," Roller said of his team's passing defense, but with his perfect record still intact the coach was all smiles after the game.

"When you start out 6-0 it makes things go a lot smoother and a lot easier," he said.


Congratulations Rams!! Thank you Coach Roller for doing a great job with these great kids! Also for being real-seeing room for improvement in an undefeated team.

I'm sure the Strasburg game was a good one, but where's the Warren County coverage! They thrashed James Wood, and there's nothing in the NVD about it. I love the high school sports coverage in the NVD, but it seems way too slanted toward Shenandoah County! Warren County has the best football teams, a combined 9-1 and we don't get nearly the coverage of the ShenCo teams! Come on NVD get it together!

Go Rams! He Bringtheheat, I noticed that also with the warren county game. I had to go on channel3 winchester site to find the score. Anytime we wip up on a frederick county team that is a good thing, especially them handley teams.

bringtheheat, from what I know, the Daily covers different games each week based on location and availability of staff. During the off-season the sports staff is typically adequate to handle the local load. However, during football season there are far too many games and far too few reporters. The NVD is always looking for writers to cover the local sporting events. I inquired into this a few years back. At that time they paid $35 per story but the time contraints were too much like work for me. Let's say you covered Warren County at Liberty. The game was over at 10:15, you got back to Front Royal at 11:15, and your story had to be emailed to the NVD by midnight. With these type of requirements it's no wonder the Daily has a tough time getting part time sports journalists to cover games.

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