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Generals back home after best game yet

Posted 2018-10-04 By Larry Beazley

    After playing what inarguably was their best game of the season, Stonewall Jackson’s Generals Friday will host Riverheads, a team that humiliated three opponents before coming down to earth.

    Riverheads will visit Quicksburg with a 3-1 record, having lost only to East Rockingham, 28-0. Until then, the Gladiators had defeated Bath County, 49-6, Stuart Draft, 51-6 and Buffalo Gap, 42-7.

    Stonewall Jackson coach Pete Lampman admits the Generals face a formidable foe, but says “I expect us to play hard and take it to them.”

    Coach Lampman’s expectations have improved in the past week.

    After being blown out in every game this season, the Generals trailed by just a single touchdown with just four minutes remaining on the road against R. E. Lee Friday and had the ball.

    An attempted 45-yard field goal sailed wide of the goal posts, and Lee quickly scored to make it 28-14, a loss for Stonewall Jackson but the most respectable performance yet this season.

    The Generals had driven to the Lee 14 yard line when time expired.

    “We had chances to win that game, but you have to hold on to the ball.  Turnovers cost us the game,” said Lampman. The Generals fumbled on Lee’s one-yard line in the first quarter, had a pass intercepted at Lee’s six yards line to stop two drives, and fumbled on their own 20-yard line to set up an easy score for Lee.

    “You have to learn to win and this is part of it,” said Lampman. “It’s been a long time and this is a step in the process. We were competitive, fought hard, and never quit.”

    Stonewall’s triple option offense gained 318 yards on the ground and another 36 yards through the air.

    Sophomore quarterback Rion Dennison  had 134 yards rushing, and completed three of six passes for 36 yards and scored on a six yard run.

    Senior Udreka Claude rushed for 127 yards, while Logan Ritchie picked up 46 rushing, including a 27 yard touchdown run.

    Lampman said “the guys just worked hard in practice last week and kept grinding,” adding “that’s the only way we get better and that is what I expect for the rest of the season.”