Football roundup: Rams score late to hand George Mason its first loss of season

Warren County rallies past Brentsville on the road; Sherando falls to Martinsburg (W.Va.) on late field goal

FALLS CHURCH – Strasburg High School’s football team rallied past George Mason with a go-ahead score in the final two minutes on Friday night, handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season in a 22-21 Bull Run District win in Falls Church.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Rams (3-3, 1-0 Bull Run).

Strasburg trailed the Mustangs (5-1, 0-1) 21-14 in the fourth quarter after Mason junior Jack Felgar ripped off a 30-yard touchdown run with 5:02 remaining. The Rams turned the ball over on downs at their own 21 on their next possession but came up with a fourth-down stop at the Strasburg 25 to get the ball back with 2:42 left.

Sophomore quarterback Chase Hart (15-for-26 passing, 255 yards, one touchdown, one interception) hit Stephen Kloosterman and Brody Tomblin for gains of 28 and 25 yards on the game-winning drive, setting up Austin Miller’s 27-yard touchdown run with 1:43 to play. Hart hit Grant Scott for the successful 2-point conversion to give the Rams their 22-21 lead.

Strasburg finished the night with 351 yards of offense while holding Mason to 235 yards (208 rushing).

Miller led the Rams’ rushing attack with 14 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Tomblin had six receptions for 146 yards, Kloosterman had three catches for 52 yards and Scott hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 14-all late in the third quarter.

Strasburg returns to action this Friday with a home game against Clarke County.

Warren County 28, Brentsville 25

NOKESVILLE – The Wildcats opened their game against Brentsville with a trick play to take a quick lead, and then rallied for a 28-25 Northwestern District victory in Nokesville on Friday night. The win was the third in the last four games for Warren County (3-3, 1-0 Northwestern), which has already matched its win total from 2016 under first-year head coach Brian Bush.

Warren County got creative on the game’s first play, as running back Ronnie Dodson hit Ben Vogt for a 67-yard touchdown pass to claim a 6-0 lead.

Brentsville (0-6) scored the next 17 points on two touchdowns and a safety before the Wildcats answered back when freshman quarterback Bryce Post scored a pair of touchdowns on two quarterback keepers, giving Warren County a 21-17 lead entering halftime.

Dodson (17 carries, 57 yards) added a 30-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats up 28-17.

Warren County finished with 213 yards of offense, while the Tigers had 241, including 206 rushing.

Dodson and Aaron Schroyer each had two sacks for the Wildcats, and Knorr Hunter Jr. led Warren County with 14 total tackles.

The Wildcats return home host Culpeper County this Friday in a homecoming contest.

Martinsburg (W.Va.) 31, Sherando 28

STEPHENS CITY – The Warriors held a fourth-quarter lead against the defending West Virginia Class AAA state champs, but Martinsburg scored twice over the game’s final five minutes to escape Arrowhead Stadium with a 31-28 non-district win on Friday night.

Sherando (4-2), which has lost two straight games, broke a tie game early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Hunter Entsminger hit Aaron Banks (eight catches for 88 yards) for a 60-yard touchdown pass that gave the Warriors a 28-21 lead with 11:05 left.

Martinsburg answered with a pair of scores, first on Dewayne Grantham’s game-tying 7-yard touchdown run with 5:06 to play, then Lucas Duffy’s go-ahead 24-yard field goal with 28 seconds left.

The Warriors held a touchdown lead over Martinsburg a total of three times in the game. Entsminger’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Frank Ritter put the Warriors up 14-7 early in the second quarter, and Entsminger’s 63-yard scoring strike to T.J. Washington gave Sherando a 21-14 lead late in the first half.

Martinsburg out-gained the Warriors 357-320 in total offense, though Sherando forced the Bulldogs into three turnovers.

Entsminger completed 18 of 28 passes for 273 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the loss. JoJo Doleman led the Warriors with four rushes for 24 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Doleman added eight total tackles to lead Sherando’s defense, and Banks had two interceptions.

Sherando returns to Northwestern District play this Friday night with a home game against Kettle Run.