Prep roundup: Rams rally past Green Dragons
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STRASBURG — Homestanding Strasburg rallied back from a 13-point deficit to with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to top Bull Run District rival William Monroe 31-26 on Friday night.
“We didn’t play the best game tonight, but we found a way to win,” Rams coach Mark Roller said. “And we capitalized on some of their mistakes. We’re not very good right now, but we’re getting better.”
Strasburg (2-3) got off to a quick start when Austin Schlentner returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown on William Monroe’s opening possession.
William Monroe’s Cody Perkins (30 rushes, 201 yards) scored two touchdowns on the night to help the Green Dragons build a 19-13 halftime lead.
Strasburg’s Colton Funk (15 rushes, 96 yards) had three rushing touchdowns, including a 36-yard run that kept the Rams tied at 13-all before William Monroe took the lead again on Malique Shackelford’s 56-yard pass to Tyler Trevillian.
Perkins added his second rushing touchdown, a 16-yard run in the third quarter, before the Rams started to come back in the fourth. Early in that quarter and facing a fourth-and-goal situation, Strasburg quarterback Mark Smoot connected with Papoose Stead on a 4-yard touchdown pass.
“Mark started looking for his brother [Ryan Smoot] a little too much, and they were really keying on him,” Roller said. “So I had to tell him on that play, ‘Hey, the other guys are open. Look your brother off and just throw it over there to him.’ He did, and we were fortunate enough to catch it.”
The Rams made another key play on the ensuing kickoff when they recovered a fumbled squib kick at the Green Dragons’ 5-yard line. Funk finished off the short drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, then added another 3-yard touchdown run later in the quarter.
“They brought everybody up, and we squibbed it deep,” Roller said.
Mark Smoot finished 10-for-23 passing for 153 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Smoot had 6 catches for 85 yards.
Wilson Memorial 62, Stonewall 0
FISHERSVILLE — Wilson Memorial used just 12 offensive plays to score its first 55 points en route to a 62-0 win over a depleted Stonewall Jackson on Friday night.
The winless Generals, who had just 24 players listed on its roster, were overmatched from the start against Wilson (5-0) as a steady rain fell throughout.
The Wilson defense recorded its fourth-consecutive shutout and hasn’t yielded a point in 19 straight quarters.
Wilson’s Juh-Kwquan McCauley scored three times, on runs of 71 and 39 to go with a 45-yard punt return. Savant Swift and Kane Hinton also added touchdown runs to give Wilson a 41-0 lead after the first quarter.
Wilson finished with 343 yards rushing, which was also its total offensive output. Stonewall had 91 rushing yards for the game.
Clarke County 28, Warren County 6
FRONT ROYAL — Winless Warren County gave undefeated Clarke County a scare on Friday night before eventually falling 28-6 in Bull Run District action.
The Wildcats’ Robert Rutherford ran for a touchdown that pulled Warren County to within 7-6 in the first quarter, and the Eagles were only up 14-6 at halftime.
Rutherford, Warren County’s quarterback, finished 5-for-10 passing for 53 yards and his rushing touchdown.
R-MA 29, Fishburne Military School 23
WAYNESBORO — Visiting Randolph-Macon Academy earned its second straight win with a 29-23 win over Fishburne Military School on Friday.
The Yellow Jackets, who at one time trailed 14-0, got two rushing touchdowns from FaFa Eke Spiff, plus rushing TDs from Timmy Idowu and Peter Blair in the win.
Blair completed a successful two-point conversion pass to Tyler Vaughan, and Thomas Brewer was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points for R-MA (2-4).