STRASBURG — Strasburg will have another quick turnaround this week, but this time it's against a Bull Run District opponent.
The Rams play at Madison County on Friday and will have just three days of practice leading into the game. The Rams beat Manassas Park on Monday, 57-0, with only two days of practice due to COVID-19 issues on the team.
Strasburg coach Mark Roller said on Tuesday that they will make sure they aren't being too physical in practice with only a few days to prepare.
"We don't do a whole lot of hitting anyway, but it helps to get out there and be able to run through some things and how to simulate games," Roller said. "But certainly we're not going to beat and bang on each other. These two days we're just going to kind of go through and line up. We've been playing pretty well defensively and the same thing offensively. We just got to make sure we keep doing the things we're doing and keep staying on positive notes. So as long as we can do that I feel pretty confident about these kids and what they can do."
Strasburg senior running back/defensive back Griffin Turpen said it's good for the Rams to experience the short turnarounds now since they have more coming up. The Rams end the regular season playing three games in a span of 10 days.
"It's a preview of what the next couple weeks are going to be like, because we have three games in 10 days coming up," Turpen said. "It's going to be a tough season, but I think we can do it. I think we'll be pretty good."
The Rams (4-1, 0-1 Bull Run) face a different defense this week when they take on Madison County, who like to put a lot of players at the line of scrimmage and bring pressure.
"They're going to put eight people up there and they're going to come after us," Roller said. "It's something we've never seen before and we're going to have to adjust to it, and do the best we can with what we've got and how to block it. So we're just going to have to work with it."
Strasburg relies heavily on the running game and ran for 311 yards against Manassas Park on Monday.
The Rams have a balanced attack with senior Brady Neary (318 yards, three touchdowns), senior Tanner Jenkins ((233 yards, two touchdowns), Turpen (169 yards, four touchdowns), junior Braden Stern (101 yards, one touchdown) and senior Cayden Pangle (73 yards, one touchdown) getting the bulk of the carries.
Turpen said the players don't mind sharing the load and working together in the run game.
"Our running backs have done a really good job this season," Turpen said. "We have almost 300 yards almost every game. It's really nice to be able to spread the rock around and not tire out one person throughout the whole game."
Strasburg has also had success in the passing game as junior Ryan Roller has thrown for 231 yards on 10-of-22 passing and one touchdown. Sophomore tight ends Griffin Carter and Walker Conrad have combined for five catches for 153 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, the Rams have been strong all season, allowing just 208.2 yards and 10.1 points per game.
"Our defense has played very well," Turpen said. "Our secondary has done a tremendous job, and our linebackers have come up with stops when they needed to."
The Rams have 10 interceptions as a team, including an area-best four from Ryan Roller and two from Turpen. Overall, the Rams have forced 17 turnovers in five games.
Madison County (1-5, 0-2 Bull Run) likes to run the ball with sophomore running back Demetrius Walker and junior quarterback Wade Fox.
Mark Roller said Fox can also throw the ball, especially to 6-foot-8 senior wide receiver Taylor Fincham.
"We know (Fox) can throw it, and he does a pretty good job of throwing it," Mark Roller said. "So we got to be well-rounded in that aspect, because their back is pretty quick. So we just got to be able to take care of both run and pass."
Madison County's football program has been down for a few years, but has improved this season. The Mountaineers have a win over Class 3 William Monroe.
Turpen said the Rams can't afford to overlook the Mountaineers.
"We need to make sure we come in here with the same intensity that we always have," Turpen said. "We need to make sure we don't take them lightly, because they are a lot better than what they have been."