Wilson takes close one from Generals

By Josh Michael — sports@nvdaily.com

QUICKSBURG — Despite facing multiple large deficits, the Stonewall Jackson Generals continued to fight until the last second against Wilson Memorial, but eventually fell 56-40.
In what seemed like a scene out of the movie “300,” the Generals less than 25-man roster refused to throw in the white towel when other teams would have. Stonewall trailed 42-18 at the half, and by as many as 31 in the third quarter, but head coach Dick Krol’s squad would not drift away into the night.

The Generals started the night on the right foot as they jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter in the game’s first drive. Stonewall marched the ball 65 yards down the field and capped it off with a 42 yard touchdown run from senior quarterback Daniel Buhl.
Unfortunately for Stonewall it was the last time they would hold a lead, and they had Wilson Memorial’s Juh-kwquan McCauley to thank.

McCauley accounted for five of the eight Hornets touchdowns in the game and had a Reggie Bush-esque performance. He carried the ball 15 times for 158 yards and four touchdowns, while also reeling in one catch for 30 yards and another touchdown.

“Boy he’s good, I’ve seen him in track, I’ve seen him in football, he’s a great kid, a competitor, and boy he’s tough.” Krol said of McCauley. “I mean plain and simple, but he’s also a nice kid, and I’ve enjoyed working with him.”

In what was a very run heavy game from both teams, the Hornets put up 225 rushing yards in the first half against the Generals and finished the game with a robust 392 yards on the ground on 49 carries.

Stonewall did most of its’ damage on the ground as well as they ran for 197 yards in the first half and finished up with 349 yards in the game on just 33 carries.

If you are a fan of big plays, then you should have been in attendance as Stonewall scored touchdowns on plays of 42, 65, 27, 38, 88, and 65 yards, while Wilson Memorial had some big plays as well with scores of 44, 30, 82, and 28 yards.

Stonewall Jackson junior running back Derrick Smith led the rushing attack for the Generals carrying the ball 13 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns, while Buhl ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries and also threw a touchdown in the game. Buhl hooked up with sophomore Nathan Miller with just four seconds remaining in the game for a 65 yard touchdown.

Although the Generals never really threatened to complete a monumental comeback, they kept the home crowd into it, and put up a season high 40 points in the game, while just turning the ball over once.

“It’s been a long hard road, and our first five games were tough. The kids have worked hard, we came back and we played hard tonight.” Krol said of his team’s effort. “We still made some mistakes, and they’re [Wilson Memorial] a good team, and we are proud of what our kids did tonight.”