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Ramsí post-season hopes at risk Friday

Strasburg hosts 2-6 Madison County in a game critical to tournament aspirations
Posted 2018-11-01 By Larry Beazley

    For its final home game of the season, Strasburg will host Madison County Friday in what will be either one more step toward a post-season berth or something far less.

    Should Strasburg lose to the 2-6 Mountaineers, the Rams would need to upset Central in its season finale to remain eligible for the post season.

    It will be Senior Night at Ram Stadium.

    Strasburg will enter the game after a rout of Nelson County a week ago. Madison County comes to town after being blown out by Clarke County, 49-7.

    The Mountaineers have lost consecutive games to Central and Clarke, giving up 96 points while scoring just 30.

    Madison County quarterback Elijah Lewis and running backs Matthew Lewis and Nich Messineo can move the ball down the field.

    If the Rams win Friday and upset Central the following, they could improve their ranking and face an easier opponent in the post season first round.

     The Rams a week ago picked up an important Region 2 victory over the Nelson County High School Governors, 47-7.

    Again the Rams’ offense developed around the passing game of quarterback Chase Hart and his favorite receivers, Stephen Kloosterman and Trevor Sager, and the running of halfback Jalen Bray.

    Hart was six for 10 passing with touchdown tosses to Kloosterman and Sager, while Bray added 99 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown.

    Backup quarterback Dylan Hamrick got into the scoring act when he tossed a 77-yard scoring pass to running back Da’Neil Holliday.

    On defense, the Rams’ secondary came up big with two interception returns for touchdowns in the second quarter.  The first came when junior defensive back Peter McKechnies picked one off and returned it 26 yards for a score. Soon after, Sager returned one 34 yards for a TD.

    This was an important game for the Rams, who are on a chase to make post season play. Strasburg currently is tied with Wilson Memorial for the last two spots in the regional tournament.