Generals looking for win in final regular season game
QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson is looking to end its regular season on a positive note.
The Generals will play at Buffalo Gap tonight in a Shenandoah District football contest, before having a bye next week. It’s the last game for the Generals before heading into the Class 1, Region B playoffs.
“It would be great if we could get a win,” Stonewall Jackson senior Wade Banks said. “It would make the locker room a whole different environment to end the season with a win and then go into the playoffs. I think it would increase our chances of making it a little further (in the playoffs).”
The Generals (0-9) are automatically in the playoffs as there are only six teams in their region that are post-season eligible. Every region has to have at least six teams in the postseason.
Stonewall Jackson will be facing another tough Shenandoah District foe. The Bison are 4-4 on the season and run the single wing offense.
Stonewall Jackson coach Pete Lampman said that the Bison are a very hard-nosed, tough team.
“They’ll come up and hit you,” Lampman said. “They are a very physical team. They’re more physical than a lot of teams. So that’s a concern.”
Lampman said going against the single wing offense can be a challenge.
“You got to be disciplined,” Lampman said. “It’s not the toughest thing in the world to defend, but if you’re not disciplined they’ll run right over you. You got to stay low. You got to come off the ball. You have to play your assignment.”
Lampman said the Generals played better defensively last week in a 42-12 loss to East Rockingham. The Generals trailed 28-6 at halftime, which is one of the closest scores they’ve had all year. The team has struggled on defense throughout the season.
“I thought we made them earn most of their points,” Lampman said. “We tackled better. Defense played much better than it had been. They didn’t (score) 42 points in the first quarter.”
Offensively, Lampman said that his team is making strides. He said that freshman quarterback Austin Ritchie, who has only made two starts, is showing improvement.
“There’s still those growing pains,” Lampman said. “But he’s doing OK. He’s doing well. He’s going to be a good ball player for us in the future.”
Lampman said that one sign of how much the offense has improved since last year is the fact that they have scored 104 points this season and last year they scored only 63.
The Generals have lost 25 straight games. Banks said if the defense can continue playing like it did last week and the offense can play better he thinks they have a chance this week.
“We played a lot better defensively last week,” Banks said. “Instead of teams putting up 70 against us, we kind of held in there for a little bit. If our offense can catch up this week I feel like our defense can maybe stop them a little bit more, hold them down, make it a close game at least.”