Rams roll to Homecoming victory
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STRASBURG — On Homecoming night, host Strasburg gave its fans plenty to cheer about in a 36-7 victory over Manassas Park in Bull Run District football action on Friday night.
Rams quarterback Mark Smoot passed for five touchdowns, connecting with Noah St. Clair on three scoring strikes as Strasburg rolled past the turnover-prone Cougars. Manassas Park finished with eight turnovers in the game, throwing five interceptions and losing three fumbles.
Strasburg (4-3, 3-1 Bull Run) got the scoring started in the first quarter when Mark Smoot connected with St. Clair on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Mark Smoot hit his brother Ryan for a successful two-point conversion pass.
The Smoot-to-Smoot combination worked again in the second quarter, as Ryan Smoot hauled in a 15-yard touchdown strike from his brother. Mark Smoot found Trevin Howard on a two-point conversion pass.
Later in the second, Mark Smoot hit St. Clair again for a 38-yard touchdown pass, then once more on a 22-yard touchdown toss. Colton Funk ran it in for a two-point conversion after that St. Clair touchdown.
Manassas Park broke through for a third-quarter touchdown when Jonathan Bunner connected with Josael Gutierrez on a 7-yard touchdown pass.
The Rams completed the scoring in the third, when Howard hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass from Mark Smoot (13-for-17 passing for 224 yards, 5 TDs).
St. Clair had a big night with five catches for 122 yards and three scores, and had had two interceptions on defense.
Austin Schlentner also had two picks, and Colton Funk had the other. Funk added a game-high 141 rushing yards.
Buffalo Gap 42, Stonewall Jackson 22
BUFFALO GAP — The Buffalo Gap Bison doubled their win total from last season Friday night by celebrating Homecoming with a 42-22 victory over Stonewall Jackson.
The Bison (4-3) used a 22 point second period to take control over the winless Generals (0-7).
All told, the Gap amassed 466 yards of total offense, 356 along the ground and 110 through the air. David Mullins led the way with 111 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns.
The Bison wasted little time in scoring. On their first possession, it was a 11-play, 70-yard scoring drive that ended when Mullins plowed his way up the middle from the 15. The extra point failed leaving the Bison with a 6-0 lead.
On Stonewall’s following possession, the Generals put together a 10 play, 72-yard march that ended when Derrick Smith slanted right from the 23. A 2-point conversion, Nathan Miller to Michael Knauff put the Generals ahead 8-6 with 11:17 left in the second period.
Buffalo Gap then erupted for three touchdowns before halftime.
After intermission, the Bison added a pair of touchdowns.
For the Generals, Smith had a 70-yard touchdown run while Michael Knauff scored the other on a 40-yard reception from Brendan Hoover.
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