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Does Stonewall really have a shot at winning?

Posted 2018-10-18 By Larry Beazley

    Stonewall Jackson High will have its best chance yet this season of winning a football game when the Generals travel to Page County Friday.

    The Generals thus far have lost five games, four of them by blowout scores.

    Though Page County has won three of five, its wins have come against struggling teams whose combined records include just two victories.

    Stonewall Jackson will be Page County’s homecoming opponent.

    Page County’s football roster includes just 23 players, eight of them either sophomores or freshmen.

    Junior quarterback Trey Knight is a competent passer who threw two touchdown passes to speedy junior wide receiver Trevor Williams against Buffalo Gap.

    Senior running backs Jerry and Daniel Cubbage bring experience to the Panthers’ offense, and the team has a stable of quality receivers.

    On defense, the Panthers have sophomore Chris Short and Williams in the secondary.  At linebacker they have both of the Cubbages, senior Zairon Eppard and sophomore David Rothgeb.

    The Page offensive and defensive lines are thin and young.

    An odd twist to the game will have the Generals facing off against an old coach who for years walked the Stonewall Jackson sideline.

    Dick Krol, for whom the Stonewall Jackson athletic field was named a few weeks ago, is working in retirement as an assistant coach at Page County High School.

    If the Generals can eliminate mistakes and play as well as they did against Lee two weeks ago, they have a legitimate shot at winning against Page, something they didn’t have a week ago against Riverheads.

    On the third play of that game, Generals quarterback Austin Ritchie connected with wing back Logan Ritchie for a 67-yard pass and run for a touchdown, but only 30 more seconds had elapsed when the Gladiators retaliated. Quarterback Justin McWorter connected on a 61-yard pass play to running back Jaden Phillips for a touchdown to tie the score.

    Then Riverheads opened the floodgates, scoring another 55 points in the first half and totally dominating the game, 65-7.