QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson has a good opportunity in front of it.
The Generals, who didn’t win a football game for over four years, can pick up their second win in three games against winless Madison County tonight in a Bull Run District contest.
“I expect them to come at us with all they’ve got, because they haven’t won a game and we have,” Stonewall Jackson senior Justus Proctor said after Monday’s practice. “They’re going to come into the game like ‘we’re going to win.’ And that’s what we got to do, and hope that we’ll be able to compete with them.”
Stonewall Jackson finally broke a 41-game losing streak two weeks ago with a 31-0 win over Rappahannock County. However, last week the Generals fell to East Rockingham 42-0.
Stonewall Jackson head football coach Pete Lampman said that the team did not practice well last week and it showed in the loss to East Rockingham.
“We had a crappy week of practice,” Lampman said of last week. “They did not handle winning very well, maybe we didn’t handle it very well. Maybe it’s to be expected — you hope not. That was a lot of losses in a row. Hopefully, we’ll rebound this week and get back to playing some good football again and get us a win again this weekend.”
The Mountaineers, who run out of the spread formation, are averaging 12 points per game. The Mountaineers’ offense is led by freshman quarterback Jeremy Fox, sophomore running back Jordan Morris and senior wide receiver Robert Estes. Last week, Fox threw for 222 yards, mostly against reserves, in a 50-13 loss to Clarke County. The Mountaineers had negative rushing yardage. The Mountaineers have six players 6-foot-2 or taller on the roster.
“They can move the ball a little, throw the ball a little bit,” Lampman said. “(Fox) throws the ball pretty well, pretty accurate. So, we’re going to have to get to him and we’re going to have to be in our zones where we’re supposed to be. They have a good-sized (offensive) line. Their right tackle is huge. He looks like he should be an NFL linemen out there. They can push you in the middle, so we’re going to have to come off low and hard.”
Stonewall Jackson’s defense has been a strength for the team this season. The Generals have been led by junior linebacker Andrew Zirkle (28 tackles) and senior linebacker Proctor (25 tackles, one sack, one interception).
Offense has been the biggest issue for the Generals this season. The Generals are only averaging nine points and 169.4 yards a game.
Lampman said the Generals (1-4, 1-1 Bull Run) moved the ball at times against the Eagles last week.
“We were inside the red zone at least three times,” Lampman said. “We were inside the 15 three times. We got to finish drives.”
Junior Rion Dennison has led the offense with 306 yards rushing, which is second in the area. Dennison was moved from running back to quarterback two weeks ago, but still gets plenty of carries in the Generals’ triple-option offense. Proctor has three receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown.
The Mountaineers (0-5, 0-2 Bull Run) have struggled on defense and have allowed at least 48 points in four consecutive games.
Lampman said that he believes his team will bounce back and play better against Madison County after a disappointing effort last week.
“They had a lot of energy, a lot of focus (on Monday),” Lampman said. “Focus was the main thing. ...I think they were embarrassed by (last week’s performance). They know they shouldn’t have lost 42-0. They know they didn’t handle it well. They know they played around too much last week. They want to be focused and they want to do well.”
Proctor said that the Generals have to put last week behind them and try to accomplish something that hasn’t been done since 2012 — two wins in a season.
“I’m trying to forget last week,” Proctor said. “... It would be awesome if we won this week. That would be the most wins I’ve ever had in a season.”