Prep roundup: Miller leads Rams past Nelson County; Wildcats crush Cougars; Generals fall to 0-9

Mark Roller

Strasburg has been trying to get its running game going the last few weeks and on Friday night the Rams achieved that.

Strasburg senior running back Austin Miller had four touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 50-34 home non-district victory over Nelson County. Miller finished with 224 yards rushing on 17 carries.

“I think we played a little bit better than we had been,” Strasburg coach Mark Roller said in a phone interview on Sunday. “We were able to score points, which is something we were going for all week.”

The game went back-and-forth throughout the first half. There were a total of 44 points scored in the first quarter. Strasburg led 30-27 at the half.

“In the second half the defense played extremely well,” Roller said. “I think overall we played well.”

Brian Bush

Strasburg quarterback Dylan Hamrick threw for 201 yards on 9-for-13 passing and two touchdowns. The Rams ran for 306 yards. Jalen Bray had 69 rushing yards on 14 carries and one score. Stephen Kloosterman had four catches for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Roller said he was pleased with how the Rams were able to run the ball.

“It was extremely nice to be able to see the running game back where we wanted it,” Roller said. “And to see Austin (Miller) get back on track. Hopefully we can keep plugging away and do the same thing this week.”

The Rams (4-4, 1-1 Bull Run) play at Madison County this week before ending the season at home with Central.

Warren County 49, Manassas Park 6

The Wildcats jumped out early and cruised to a Northwestern District road victory over the Cougars on Friday.

The first touchdown of the game came on a fumble recovery.

“I think that really got us excited,” Warren County coach Brian Bush said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon. “Everybody was really flying around to the ball. Then when once our offense got on the field we did a good job of pushing them back off of the line of scrimmage.”

Warren County junior running back Ronnie Dodson had four rushing touchdowns. Hunter Wines had a touchdown reception. Warren County freshman quarterback Bryce Post had a rushing touchdown and a touchdown pass. He was 4-for-6 passing. Russell Rowe also had a rushing touchdown for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats are now 4-4 on the season. They were coming off a loss to Culpeper, and Bush said he was happy with how his team played against Manassas Park.

“I thought the guys responded well after last week,” Bush said. “We had a great week of practice. It was nice to see the excitement back. Against Culpeper we didn’t have the excitement. Against Manassas Park we had the enthusiasm that we needed.”

The Wildcats will host William Monroe next week in another key Northwestern District/Region 3B contest. Both teams are battling for playoff spots.

East Rockingham 42, Stonewall Jackson 12

The Generals once again got off to a slow start and could not recover in a Shenandoah District loss to East Rockingham on Friday night in Quicksburg.

The Generals fell behind 15-0 in the first quarter. Stonewall Jackson got on the board in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by freshman quarterback Austin Ritchie. They trailed 28-6 at the half.

It was more of the same in the second half. The Eagles opened up a 42-6 lead in the third quarter. Stonewall Jackson senior quarterback Brendan Hoover connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Blake McCourt in the fourth quarter.

Logen Patton led the Generals’ run game with 45 yards on 19 carries. Ritchie threw for 38 yards, while Hoover threw for 53 yards.

Hoover also had two receptions for 29 yards. Defensively, Drew Binion had four tackles and a fumble recovery for Stonewall Jackson. Wade Banks had two tackles and one sack for the Generals.

The Generals are now 0-9 on the season. They have now lost 25 consecutive games. They end their regular season at Buffalo Gap next week.