Football roundup: Rams hit big plays to top Madison County

Hawks lose heartbreaker; Stonewall falls again; Sherando rolls

Strasburg High School’s football team found itself trailing Madison County in the second quarter on Friday night, but the Rams hit a string of big plays to score 26 unanswered points in a 34-14 Bull Run District win.

Trailing 14-8 midway through the second quarter, Strasburg (5-4, 2-1 Bull Run) tied the game when quarterback Chase Hart hit Stephen Kloosterman for a 29-yard touchdown pass with 7:34 left in the first half.

Running back Austin Miller gave the Rams the lead with a 55-yard touchdown run 2 ½ minutes later, and a 62-yard pass from Hart to Trevor Sager with 2:58 left in the second quarter gave Strasburg a 28-14 lead going into halftime. Hart found Kloosterman for a 70-yard touchdown strike late in the third quarter.

Hart completed 16 of 25 passes for 343 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the win. Kloosterman hauled in a team-high six catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, while Sager – who also had an interception on defense – had three receptions for 115 yards and two scores. Miller carried 15 times for 111 yards.

Strasburg out-gained Madison County (2-7, 0-3) 448-274 in the win and limited the Mountaineers to 60 yards on 12-of-24 passing.

The Rams, who entered Friday’s game one spot out of the Region 2B playoff hunt, host unbeaten Central in the regular season finale this week.

Brentsville 22, Skyline 21

Skyline suffered what head coach Heath Gilbert called a “heartbreaking” loss at Brentsville on Friday night, falling to the Tigers 22-21 in Class 3 Northwestern District action.

The Hawks took a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter but gave up an 11-yard touchdown run and the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 10:29 to play.

According to Gilbert, Skyline turned the ball over twice in the red zone in the loss – including a lost fumble on a bad snap on third-and-goal late in the fourth quarter – and gave up a short field on each of Brentsville’s first two touchdown drives.

“The guys played hard,” Gilbert wrote in an email Friday night. “Really proud of (our) effort but ultimately mistakes killed us.”

Senior quarterback Ryan Scott handled all of the scoring for the Hawks (4-5, 2-2 Class 3 Northwestern), as he had three touchdown runs of 48, 21 and 3 yards, one in each of the first three quarters. Scott carried eight times for 81 yards and completed 10 of 22 passes for 109 yards and an interception.

Skyline surrendered 312 yards rushing to Brentsville, was out-gained 329-300 and turned the ball over three times.

The Hawks wrap up their regular season with a home game against cross-town rival Warren County on Friday.

Buffalo Gap 67, Stonewall Jackson 14

Stonewall Jackson’s regular season came to an end with a blowout loss on the road at Buffalo Gap, extending the Generals’ losing streak to 26 games.

The Bison scored the game’s first 55 points – including three touchdown runs of 53, 56 and 62 yards in the first quarter – before Stonewall (0-10) got on the board with Brendan Hoover’s 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Hoover, who had 10 carries for 62 yards and four receptions for 27 yards, also scored on an 85-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

Logen Patton carried 13 times for 21 yards, and freshman quarterback Austin Ritchie completed 4 of 10 passes for 27 yards for Stonewall.

The Generals, who have a bye during the final week of the regular season, automatically qualify for the Region 1B playoffs due to the limited number of teams in the region.

Sherando 49, Fauquier 7

Sherando junior quarterback Hunter Entsminger shredded Fauquier’s defense to power a lopsided 49-7 victory on Friday night.

Entsminger completed 11 of 13 passes for 256 yards, five touchdowns and an interception in the victory, which improved the Warriors to 7-2 overall and 4-1 against Class 4 Northwestern District competition.

Entsminger opened the scoring with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Frank Ritter with 6:36 left in the first quarter and connected with Aaron Banks for scoring passes of 48 and 28 yards in the opening frame. Ritter caught a 16-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter and Melvin Irby returned an interception for a touchdown to put Sherando up 35-0.

A 52-yard touchdown pass from Entsminger to T.J. Washington put the Warriors up 42-7 late in the first half, and Washington – who carried 14 times for 139 yards – capped the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Sherando finished with 431 yards of offense, though the Warriors turned the ball over four times. Fauquier mustered just 92 yards of offense, and Sherando forced four turnovers. Irby had two interceptions for the Warriors.

Sherando closes out the regular season with a showdown against unbeaten Millbrook in Winchester on Friday night.