Stonewall Jackson continues to add to its list of achievements this season.
The Generals won for the second time in three games, defeating Madison County 30-27 on Friday in Bull Run District football action. The win gives the Generals two on the season, the most they have had since 2012.
"We played pretty well," Stonewall Jackson coach Pete Lampman said in a phone interview on Saturday. "We showed a lot of courage. We got down a couple times and fought our way back, something we really haven't done a lot of in the past."
The Generals (2-4, 2-1 Bull Run) took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run by junior Rion Dennison. But the winless Mountaineers responded with two second-quarter touchdowns for a 14-8 halftime lead.
Madison County (0-6, 0-3 Bull Run) intercepted Stonewall Jackson twice in the first half.
"I think when we went up 8-0, I think they thought it was going to be like Rapp (who the Generals beat 31-0 on Sept. 27)," Lampman said. "At halftime I told them 'this team is not going to roll over.'"
The Generals responded with a 22-point third quarter.
"We moved the ball, but we shot ourselves in the foot in the first half," Lampman said. "The second half we came out and slammed it right down their throats."
The Generals tied the game at 14 early in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Dennison. Madison County came right back on a 33-yard pass from freshman quarterback Jeremy Fox to Khalid West for a 20-14 lead with 5:11 left in the third quarter.
The Generals scored again on a 56-yard touchdown run by Dennison to take a 22-20 lead with 3:33 left in the third quarter. The Generals then recovered an onside kick and scored on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Dennison to sophomore Jacob Lemon with 1:58 left in the third for a 30-20 advantage.
The Mountaineers cut the lead to 30-27 on a 2-yard touchdown run by Jordan Morris late in the third quarter.
The Generals had a chance to add to their lead in the fourth quarter, but the Mountaineers halted a drive with a goal-line stand.
The Generals sealed the win with an interception late in the game.
"Defensively, early on we stopped them, but we had a hard time adjusting to some of the things they were doing," Lampman said. "It took us a while. They had a few big pass plays. They moved the ball well. In the fourth quarter we bent, but we didn't break. The guys came through."
Dennison, who entered the game second in the area in rushing yards, ran for 164 yards on 27 carries with three touchdowns. He also was 2-of-5 passing for 61 yards and a touchdown. The Generals had a season-high 290 yards of offense.
The Generals' win over Rappahannock County on Sept. 27 snapped a four-year, 41-game losing streak. After that win, Lampman told his team to take 48 hours to enjoy it. He said Saturday that after the win over Madison, he told his kids they only had 24 hours to enjoy the win.
"I want them to watch film Sunday night and be ready to get back at it," Lampman said. "I think they're ready to get another one, to get No. 3."
After the win over Rappahannock, Lampman said the team had trouble focusing and getting ready for the next week, but he said he doesn't think that will be a problem this week. He said they were excited for the win over Madison, but still hungry for more.
"I think we're starting to change the culture a little bit," Lampman said. "The guys have worked hard. They've had a good attitude. They've worked hard in the weight room."
The Generals still have a shot at making the playoffs with four games left on the schedule. However, they face four tough opponents with a combined record of 19-5.
"We've got a tough road to hoe," Lampman said. "We've got a tough schedule ahead of us, but if we concentrate and work hard and continue to improve, you never know what can happen."
The Generals play at 4-2 Clarke County on Friday. The Eagles are coming off a 35-34 loss to Luray.
Lampman said his biggest takeaway from the win over Madison was his team's fight and ability to come back after going down a few times in the game.
"We're starting to learn how to win," Lampman said. "We've beaten the teams we were supposed to beat. Now the next step for the program is to beat somebody that we're not supposed to beat. That is the next challenge."