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QUICKSBURG -- The Riverheads Gladiators overcame a sluggish start Friday evening to roll past Stonewall Jackson 49-21 in Shenandoah District football action.
The Generals' defense held on the first series and the offense put together a 60-yard scoring drive to take the lead. Jacob Armell scored on a 39-yard run and Juan Luna added the first of three successful extra points for a 7-0 Generals lead.
Riverheads struck quickly with a 52-yard touchdown run by Chance Staton and Sam Goodson tacked on the first of seven PATs to tie the score at 7-7.
Stonewall Jackson (0-6, 0-3 Shenandoah) answered on its next series with a 58-yard scoring drive. Jared Getz broke loose on a 36-yard run to move the ball deep into Riverheads territory and Anthony Peacher bulled over from the 1 to cap the drive, giving the Generals a 14-7 lead.
Riverheads started its next drive on its 23 and runs by Cody Swisher and Staton moved the ball past the 50. Riverheads scored on a 38-yard pass from Zach Clymore to David King, tying the score again at 14-14.
A 38-yard punt return by Logan Moore put the Gladiators in business at the Generals' 41 and they needed just three plays to take the lead for good.
Staton scored his second touchdown on a 19-yard run for a 21-14 Riverheads lead. The Gladiators got the ball back on the 9-yard line with 1:32 left in the half and immediately chewed up big chunks of yardage on a 15-yard run by Moore and a 23-yard gain by Swisher. Clymore then connected with Corte Allen for passes of 14 and 33 yards, with the 33-yarder giving Riverheads a first down at the Stonewall 1. Moore scored with eight seconds left for a 28-14 lead at the break.
Riverheads put together an 89-yard drive on its first possession of the second half with Moore scoring from eight yards out, making the score 35-14.
Stonewall refused to go away and a two-play, 71-yard quick strike pulled the Generals to within two scores. Getz turned the corner for a 39-yard scoring run, making the score 35-21 with 18 seconds left in the half.
Riverheads needed just 12 seconds to answer when Moore broke free on an 80-yard run from scrimmage to give the Gladiators a 42-21 lead with six seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Moore added a 17-yard run midway through the final quarter for the final margin of victory.
Unofficially, Riverheads finished with 671 yards of offense. Clymore passed for 110 while three backs almost broke the century mark with Moore leading the way with 238 yards on 18 carries. Staton added 195 on 13 tries and Swisher gained 98 yards on 10 carries.