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Luray defense will test Rams’ pass game

Posted 2018-09-06

    Strasburg’s 47-0 victory over Stonewall Jackson Friday answered more than a few questions about Rams’ coach Mark Roller’s team.

    The outcome left no doubt, for instance, that junior running back Jalen Bray, starting his first varsity game, is ready to take over the Rams’ running game.  Before sitting out most of the second half, Bray rushed for 125 yards, scoring two touchdowns.

    Junior quarterback Chase Hart proved he could connect on the long pass, completed six of 10 for 182 yards and three touchdowns.  Hart had three completions of over 40 yards.    

    Wide receivers, expected to be the Rams’ strength, erased all doubt. Juniors Trevor Sager caught touchdown passes of 45 and 57 yards, Bradley Ferrell caught one and gained 44 yards and senior Stephen Kloosterman scored the first touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Hart.

    The Rams’ defense stood out, holding the Generals to fewer than 100 yards, forced five fumbles, recovering one that was returned for a touchdown, and two more to stop Stonewall momentum.  And, the  defense intercepted a pass.

    Against Stonewall, quarterback Hart got things going early, connecting with Kloosterman from 23 yards out for Strasburg’s first TD. Trevor Sager kicked the first of five points after touchdown to put the Rams up 7-0.

    Still in the first quarter, Strasburg’s Bray scored from 19 yards to put Strasburg up 13-0.

    Bray scored again early in the second period before Hart went back to the air, finding Sager for two TDs, one from 45 yards and another from 57 yards.

    The Rams led it 33-0 at the half.

    Strasburg’s Greg Mason punched the ball in from the one in the third period, and Sager recovered a Stonewall Jackson fumble and ran 47 yards for the Rams’ final TD in the fourth.

    Bray carried 13 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Hart threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns, two to Sager and one to Kloosterman.

    Up next for the Rams are the Luray Bulldogs, who defeated Madison County, 30-28 Friday in the season opener for both teams.  Luray was down 20-13 at the half, but came back in the second half, scoring the first 17 points, then held on for a two-point victory.

    The Bulldogs have a strong running attack led by junior Dylan Atkins (5-9, 180) who scored two touchdowns, and Timothy Trudell (5-11, 185) who added another TD.  Quarterback for the Bulldogs is sophomore Dalton Griffith (6-3, 190), difficult to tackle.

    Led by seniors Cory Griffith (5-8, 208), Johnny Hensh (5-11, 240), Ray Good (66-0, 270) and juniors Caden Speaks (6-3, 270), Patrick Porter (5-10, 256) and Hayden Campbell (5-11, 240), the offensive line is chocked with experience.

    Against Madison, the Bulldogs pounded the ball between the tackles. Adding to their offense is a solid kicking game with junior Jordan Windle.  He converted three of four extra points and kicked a field goal late in the game to seal the win.

    The defense allowed 20 points in the first quarter but gave up just one touchdown at the end of the game.

     Strasburg’s defense will be tested.