Hornets shut out Generals
QUICKSBURG – The game was delayed, but there was nothing delayed about the way Wilson Memorial played Friday night as the Green Hornets knocked off Stonewall Jackson 32-0 in Shenandoah District play.
The Hornets’ (1-2, 2-4) high-test defense limited the Generals (1-2, 1-5) to just 103 yards and, of course, no points on a rain-slicked grass surface at Stonewall’s home.
Wilson Memorial, the 2014 state Group 2A runnerup, had given up just 74 points in five previous games, though this marked the Hornets’ first district win.
Rain poured before kickoff and because of lightning, the game was set back by about a half hour.
“You know, those are things we can’t control,” said Wilson coach Jeremiah Major. “Things like the weather, the referees’ calls, penalties-stuff like that-you can’t always control, but you can control yourself.”
This happened to be the third time that a kickoff was delayed on the team from Fishersville. Stonewall had not suffered such, although last week’s game was moved back a day due to inclement weather.
“It wasn’t the weather so much as anything else, and, for that, I’ll take the blame,” said Stonewall’s senior quarterback Nathan Miller. “We’ll bounce back from this.
Miller rushed nine times for just a yard because of the pursuit by the Green Hornets. He completed 4-of-7 passes for 20 yards.
The Generals fumbled four times and lost two, while the Hornets also fumbled two times and lost both.
Offensively, the visitors were in control throughout the evening. They rushed 42 times for 226 yards and added 76 by the pass for a total of 302.
Hornets Tad Bosserman rushed 11 times for 116 yards and one score and teammate Kyle Coombe carried 12 times for 109 yards and two scores.
Stonewall stopped Wilson Memorial on the Green Hornets’ first possession, but fumbled the subsequent punt. A 42-yard touchdown pass from Billy Coombe to Garrett McBee followed. McBee’s extra point was good for a 7-0 lead with 9:27 left.
Stonewall also picked up a recovered fumble, but failed to move the ball in the first quarter.
The Green Hornets’ second touchdown came with 6:45 remaining in the half. Punter Chris Williams handled a bad snap, but his boot was partially blocked to give Wilson the ball at the Stonewall 36. After an initial first down, Kyle Coombe blasted up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown run. McBee contributed his second point-after for a 14-0 lead.
A second-lost Stonewall fumble set up Wilson Memorial’s third touchdown of the night. It was Coombe who scored for the second time. This run went up the middle for 39 yards. The kick failed but it was 20-0 in favor of the Hornets with 2:34 showing in the first half.
In the second half, Stonewall had to punt from its own 15. Wilson got the ball at its own 40. On third down from the General 31, though, Bosserman broke tackles at the line of scrimmage then rumbled the rest of the way untouched. A 2-point conversion failed but the Hornets led 26-0 with 5:52 to go in the third quarter.
Coach Jeremiah Major went with his second team for the next score. The Hornets went eight plays and 56 yards for the six. Colton Tyree bolted 32 yards for the TD, but the kick failed. With 3:04 remaining, the score was 32-0.
“The one thing I noticed about Stonewall is that their numbers are up; that, and they have some good-sized athletes. I don’t remember Stonewall with that kind of size. It’s a matter of getting kids out,” said Jeremiah.
Green Hornets 32, Generals 0
Stonewall Jackson 0 0 0 0 – 0
Wilson Memorial 7 13 6 6–32
WM: McBee 42 pass from B. Coombe (kick good), 9:27
WM: K. Coombe 16 run (kick good), 6:46
WM: K. Coombe 39 run (kick blocked) 2:34
CM: Bosserman 31 run (run failed) 5:32
CM: Tyree 32 run (kick failed) 3:04
First downs 6 13
Rushes-yards 31-83 42-226
Passing yards 20 76
Comp-Att-TD-INT 4-7-0-0 3-9-1-0
Fumbles-lost 4-2 2-2
Punts-avg. 7-30 1-26
Penalties-yards 7-45 6-50
RUSHING: Stonewall, Miller 9-1, Summers 7-27, Cowart 3-35, Van 1-1, Kagey Jr. 4-1, Patton 3-12, Hoover 3-6; Wilson Memorial, Tyree 4-41, Hepner 2-11, Herron 2-12, K. Coombe 12-109, Bosserman 11-116, Leche 10-27, Via 1-1
PASSING: Stonewall, Miller 4-7-20-0-0; Wilson, B. Coombe 3-9-1-0, 76
RECEIVING: Stonewall, Summers 3-8, Patton 1-12; Wilson, Leche 1-4, McBee 1-42, Lewter 1-17
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