QUICKSBURG — Justin Carr missed the last half of last year with a broken collarbone, but on Friday night he made sure his return to the football field was a memorable one.
The senior ran for 111 yards and two scores to lead Strasburg to a 29-6 non-district victory over Stonewall Jackson.
“I loved it,” Carr said of being back on the field. “I love being back out here again – one last (season).”
It didn’t take Carr and the Rams long to take the lead. After stopping Stonewall Jackson on the first series, the Rams used five plays to score.
Strasburg quarterback Adam Miller was sacked on the first play, but Carr followed that with a 35-yard run to move the ball to the Stonewall 36-yard line. Carr followed that with a 24-yard run.
Two plays later, Carr scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead with 6:27 left in the first quarter.
Carr gave a lot of credit to his offensive line.
“I give all my credit to them,” Carr said of his offensive line. “Two touchdowns give it to them. All the yards – all them, all the time.. Rashon Alsberry, Connor Keane, Hunter Riley, Tyler Brill and Ryan Jenkins – I want them all recognized, because that’s them. They do the hard work and make me look good.”
Strasburg scored on its first possession of the second quarter. The Rams went 57 yards on seven plays. Miller completed a 16-yard pass to Josh Pritchett on a third-and-9 to keep the drive going.
Carr capped the drive off with a 20-yard touchdown run to give Strasburg a 14-0 edge with 8:14 left in the first half.
“I was just trying to find lanes and use my guys,” Carr said. “It was so easy. (The offensive line are) just big human wrecking balls – just chuck ’em this way, chuck ’em that way. … It’s easy when the line makes it that my first contact is 10 yards down the field, 10 yards, halfway there to the touchdown.”
The Rams extended the lead in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Adam Miller to Trevin Howard. A 21-yard touchdown run by fullback Josh Pritchett pushed the lead to 29-0.
The Generals moved the ball at times, but had trouble sustaining drives. Stonewall Jackson scored on a 90-yard interception return by Kyle Cowart in the fourth quarter.
“We just got to be more consistent,” Stonewall Jackson coach Jay Goode said. “We’ll have four or five great plays and then we break down. … The kids played hard. We just got to go back to the drawing board and correct some of these mistakes we made.”
Strasburg had a balanced attack with 147 yards rushing and 157 yards through the air. Miller went 6 for 9 for 104 yards and one touchdown, while Ethan Duckworth went 4 for 5 for 53 yards.
“Adam did a good job operating everything there to start with, and then when Justin had some long runs we put Ethan in there and he did a good job of operating it,” Strasburg coach Mark Roller said. “I think it was important for Ethan to get some throws in there and get a little confidence. Adam, he can play. He’s one of those guys that he’ll just go wherever we want him to go. … I think both quarterbacks did a good job.”
Strasburg held Stonewall Jackson to 90 yards rushing and 18 yards passing. Goode said that the Generals just need to keep working hard.
“I’m proud of them,” Goode said. “We’re going to be fine. We just got to keep working, and keep getting after it and keep improving.”
The Rams lost a lot of players to graduation, and Carr said that the victory was important for this team to show that they will be fine this season.
“I think we needed it because there’s been a big shadow of ‘who’s going to play, who’s going to step up? They got all these guys that they lost,'” Carr said. “I think we needed (the win) a lot to come out here and show that we can play as us. We don’t need bigger names to shadow who we are. I think it helped a lot.”
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Rams 29, Generals 6
Strasburg 7 7 15 0–29
Stonewall 0 0 0 6–6
STR: Carr 1 run (Knapp kick), 6:27
STR: Carr 20 run (Knapp kick), 8:14
STR: Howard 10 pass from Miller (Howard run), 9:21
STR: Pritchett 21 run (Knapp kick), 1:50
SJ: Cowart 90 interception return (Run failed), 3:03
First downs 17 4
Rushing-yards 38-147 29-90
Passing yards 157 18
Passing 10-14-1 2-6-2
Penalties-yards 5-40 6-60
Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-0
Punts-Avg. 2-45.5 4-24.5
Individual: RUSHING: Strasburg: Carr 14-111, Miller 7-(minus 1), Pritchett 5-25, Bowers 8-16, Baker 1-1, Knapp 3-(minus 5). Stonewall Jackson: Summers 7-23, Kagey 1-2, Miller 13-44, Holsinger 4-8, Vann 3-12, Murphy 1-1.
PASSING: Strasburg: Miller 6-9-104-2-0; Duckworth 4-5-53-0-1. Stonewall Jackson: Miller 2-6-18-0-2.
RECEIVING: Strasburg: Howard 3-48, Au. Miller 2-21, Carr 1-35, Schlentner 2-22, Pritchett 1-16, Stump 1-15. Stonewall Jackson: Holsinger 1-15, Summers 1-3.